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Power yoga is a dynamic form of yoga that is holistic in nature; it harmonises your body, mind and soul
Power yoga, a westernised version of the Indian ashtanga yoga, has gained tremendous popularity over the last few years. Power yoga is a complete workout for stamina, strength, flexibility and total fitness. It lays special emphasis on the core stability i.e. of the abdomen and lower back. Based on Suryanamaskar [sun salutations], it is a full-fledged workout that helps in cleansing the body and awakening the mind and spirit.
Some vital objectives of Power yoga are:
Power yoga is person-specific with the exercises being determined by your body type and health conditions that you may want to improve.
Through the use of special breathing techniques called Vinyasa, you can make core Power yoga techniques more graceful and in balance with your body.
Working on different body parts simultaneously, it strengthens the immune system helping it ward-off diseases and give a forewarning of a health problem [at the first possible indication]. Since Power yoga is fast-paced, you sweat a lot more and this flushes out toxins from the body. It also removes excess fat and improves metabolism.
Power yoga is a great stress-buster, which helps treat problems such as hypertension and blood pressure. It also helps in shaping the body by increasing flexibility and improving stamina and agility. Power yoga is a great way to increase blood circulation and boost the immune system. You become more patient and at peace within. This tranquillity percolates into all other aspects of your life. The mind is more relaxed and you will feel lighter. You become more in control of yourself and can handle stress and pressure better.
To complement the Power yoga work out, you should also follow a balanced diet. Many people prefer having a Sattvik diet comprising fruits, milk, and fresh vegetables. Intake of the right amount of nutrients and regular yoga sessions will enable you to be in top shape—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The Suryanamaskar is a sequence of 12 positions that are an excellent way to warm-up before the yoga session. Also, for beginners, it is important to practise and master these asanas before moving on to the more complex ones. A 5 –10 minute relaxation before and after every session is paramount. I have made a few additions to the traditional Suryanamaskar for lower body and core strengthening.
This completes the suryanamaskar.
The human body is designed to function in synchrony as a dynamic unit and not a series of disconnected parts. Power yoga treats your body as one whole unit. The best way to explain this would be; while pushing weights if your back is rested then you can push even 200 pounds. Try and come to the edge of the seat or don’t rest your back. Then see if you are able to push those 200 pounds?
In Power yoga, you make use of your entire body and core [abs and lower back] constantly. This strengthens the core and improves your posture and hence your body alignment. Power yoga increases your basal metabolic rate and hence enhances weight loss and increases flexibility. It also raises internal body heat, thus killing germs, viruses and bacteria in the body.