Power Yoga - the latest trend to hit the fitness industry, especially in India, with many leading health clubs and individual trainers offering interesting classes and variations.
Though many hard-core Yoga followers claim that Power yoga is just some fancy mixture of exercises and hardly resembles the traditional definition of Yogasanas, Power Yoga seems to have started by two Yoga gurus following the Ashtanga Yoga style for decades.
It has also been advocated as a better way to use Yoga for weight loss which has also made it very popular amongst the ladies. Another characteristic of a Power Yoga class is that most of the time is utilized in performing the exercises and minimal time spent in relaxation postures or even chanting.
Power Yoga basically is a calorie-burning and comparatively more vigorous routine than a traditional Yoga routine, that combines cardio, strength and flexibility through Yogasanas and some additional exercises focused on aerobic movements and toning muscles especially the abs, lower back, pelvis, the postural muscles, also on building strength, enhance endurance and breathing. Most of the benefits of classical Yoga are retained, even though the method of application are different.
It also focuses on building up the metabolism through the exercises and asana postures and thus ensures a continuous burning of calories throughout the day, even when not exercising.
The same procedure of a warm-up before the Power Yoga class is used, focusing on easing up and relaxing the muscles and raising the temperatures and stimulating the blood circulation to all parts of the body.
Some benefits Power Yoga are –
o It works on strength, stamina, flexibility, reflexes and agility all in the same workout
o It focuses on boosting the metabolism and helps focus on achieving healthy body weight
o It stimulates the release feel-good hormones, and helps reduce stress levels and detox
o It retains the benefits of classical Yoga