Power Yoga combines the mental, the physical, and the spiritual aspects of yoga along with rigorous exercise in a great manner. It is a dynamic form of yoga, based on fitness. Its model is the Ashtanga yoga. Power yoga has become extremely popular recently and is available to all. Power yoga seems to have a similar look as aerobic workouts because of its brisk nature and high tempo. Here the poses are performed faster, maintaining a continuation. When practised under supervision, regularly, power yoga makes your body become stable, balanced, poised and toned. The good thing is that, anyone can practise it.
Warrior pose, the most practiced power yoga is also called Virbhadrasana. It is a great exercise for reducing weight. It tones your abs, arms and thighs. It also increases the capacity of your lungs. For this asana, stand straight upon the floor; spread the legs as far apart as you can. Turn the right leg and the left leg towards your right. Next, raise your arms over your head and then, stretch them. Then, join the palms of your hands together as in a prayer, look upwards and relax. Hold it for five breaths.
Safety measures of power yoga
To start with, beginners should never attempt to participate in a Power Yoga session, without first determining whether the instructor works with beginners, and can cater the class to an appropriate skill level. Because Power Yoga is supposed to be physically challenging, practitioners who are not strong enough or flexible enough for more advanced poses, like the inversions, should stick with simpler, more basic Yoga positions.
When considering the practice of a dynamic version of Yoga, it is important that practitioners, of all levels, achieve the correct alignment and proper technique, in each posture, to avoid injury within poses (asanas) and during transitions. If a practitioner chooses not to follow the step-by-step instructions for asanas, this can result in muscle strains or aggravation of old injuries, since correct form and proper alignment protect the joints and other vulnerable areas of the body from premature wear.
Those who suffer from, or are recovering from injuries, should also take care during a Power Yoga session. For example, a person who struggles with back pain must be extremely conscious of maintaining good technique during forward bend and back bending postures.
In line with the above precautions, practitioners should also refrain from pushing their bodies too hard and too fast in a Yoga session. It can take time to master Yogic techniques, and even though the goal of Power Yoga is a physical challenge, injuries most often occur when the individual is distracted or working at an inappropriate level for his or her fitness capability.