What is Power Yoga and its Benefits

Feb 20, 2019

What is Power Yoga?

Power yoga is a form of yoga with a high level of physical and vigorous intensity work-out. It's an extension of Ashtanga yoga with a difference of not sticking to a sequence of poses or asanas. It is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Power yoga focuses more on great free flow yoga than meditation and chanting mantras. The intense free flow of asanas gives the flexibility to teach any poses in a different order, which makes every session different from others and highly depend on the approach of a yoga teacher.

Power yoga is a complete body workout which is a fusion of basic yoga asanas with more of high-intensity cardio exercises.

It has been correctly said- “Yoga is not only a workout; it’s also working on yourself at the same time.”

Let’s look at the benefits of power yoga and how it affects the mind and body.

1. Helps in Weight Loss

Power Yoga is high-intensity workout that involves the movement of all body muscles and hence makes weight loss quicker. It helps burn more calories than regular yoga as it is fast moving and vigorous. You move from one position to another position quickly which gives less time to rest and hence gives to more cardio output.

2. Makes Your Body Flexible

A regular power yoga workout gives your body flexibility making all the muscles flex. You realize after a few sessions that your body is able to stretch better. A flexible body means that your muscles are active and you are less prone to injuries then instead with sore muscles.

3. Helps Removing Toxins from Body

As power yoga is a strenuous workout, it warms up the body quickly and increases oxygen pumping in your body. It eliminates waste products and releases toxins from the body in the form of sweat. So, it cleanses and detoxes your mind and body.

4. Helps You Sleep Better

Power yoga helps you sleep better(yoga for sleep) because it's an intense workout where every body part is moved and also stretched in between the breathing exercises relax your mind. So, it's a complete body and mind workout which helps you sleep better.

4. Helps Reducing Stress

A regular yoga practice will give you amazing results by reducing stress and anxiety levels.
Practicing yoga makes the body more flexible, improves stamina and lets you to breathe in the right manner with the yogic asanas. Once you learn these techniques, together, it releases stress and relaxes your body and mind.

5. Builds Your Stamina

As power yoga is a fast-moving cardiovascular exercise in which your body moves from one asana to another quickly without the rest. In this type of yoga, you lift your entire body's weight regularly. It gets your whole body moving which in turn builds core strength in muscles and refines blood flow in the entire body which improves the heart’s health.

6. Strengthens Your Muscles

Power yoga requires high strength, especially doing advance level asanas in which you are sometimes required to lift the entire body weight. Also, you will be stretching your body and muscles which builds inner strength. In total it's a whole body weight bearing workout which is great for building muscles and gives you a better sense of balance which helps improving posture.

7. Boosts Mental Health

The meditation and yoga breathing techniques of yoga allow your body and mind to connect. It boosts oxygen levels to your brain which helps in fighting depression. Yoga changes our lives in a positive manner which promotes mental health and gives us a feeling of gratitude, happiness and contentment.

8. Kick Starts Your Metabolism

Metabolism is a process of the body which converts the food we eat into energy. The metabolism depends on the factors like gender, age and physical activeness of a human being. Power yoga kick starts your metabolism as it's a high-intensity workout shift from one pose to another pose quickly. It makes your body sweat and strengthens the endocrine system. This system kicks metabolism in your body which will burn calories fast.

9. Helps Focusing Your Mind

Various studies proved that yoga helps you to concentrate better and improved ability to focus. It helps your body find balance. Through its many asanas or postures, it allows your mind to focus like remaining still in a particular pose for a time and specific meditation techniques in which your mind and body connect.

10. Helps Improving Certain Medical Conditions

By now we know that yoga can reduce stress and boosts mental health. Many studies have shown improvements in high blood pressure, depression, migraines, sleep disorders, etc.  If combined with healthy eating habits.

However, pregnant ladies and people with serious ailments like hypertension, diabetes or arthritis pain should avoid power yoga as it is a strenuous physical activity. It is always best to consult your physician before trying power yoga.

So, are you up for a power yoga session? Connect with Amayaan and take up a session in power yoga to get all of its benefits!

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