I am sure you are all wondering as to what is power yoga?! Power Yoga is a form of spiritual, mental and physical exercise. It is nothing but ‘old wine in a new bottle’, a variation of original yoga exercise. Having emerged in the 1990’s, this new avatar of yoga has achieved popularity through the globe over the last two decades.
How does power yoga workouts differ from traditional yoga?
- Traditional yoga follows a certain sequence, but in power yoga there is no set pattern.
- The asanas are a bit different from that of traditional yoga and any two asanas in power yoga are never the same.
- Traditional yoga asanas are done calmly and there are intervals in between whereas in power yoga, postures are done randomly and at a speed that puts your physical and mental strength to work.
- Traditional yoga requires a lot of stretching and meditation. Power yoga is like a flowing river, doing exercises one after the other and are quite intense.
- Traditional yoga poses being relaxed and calm doesn’t let you sweat often, but power yoga being rigorous and continuous will sweat out the fat in you.
In short, power yoga increases your stamina, physical and mental tolerance and stability.
Tips to know before you start power yoga workout:
Let us first see who should not be practicing power yoga and what you should remember when doing power yoga.
- Once you start your pregnancy, power yoga should be terminated. Consult your doctor before enrolling yourself in a class.
- Children below 12 should not be enrolled in power yoga classes because the core muscles are not yet developed at this age.
- Power yoga is beneficial when done on an empty stomach. While doing in the day, take care not to eat anything for 3-4 hours before power yoga.
- Wear loose and comfortable clothes when practicing power yoga.
- Opt for professional yoga trainers over books or DVDs.
- If you are a beginner, start slow and steady.
- Concentration is important when you do power yoga.
Power Yoga Benefits:
- Power yoga flushes out all toxins from your body.
- It heals stomach problems like acidity.
- Power yoga workouts are known to burn out more calories than any other exercise form.
- With power yoga, your body becomes more strong, flexible and resistant.
- It increases blood circulation and strengthens the immune system.
- Power yoga also cures menstrual problems and improves concentration.
- Best Power Yoga Poses
This pose is also known as the mountain pose. Stand on the floor in a straight position. Hold the dumbbells in your hands. Raise your hands upwards towards the ceiling and stretch them. At the same time lift up your body and try to balance your body on your toes. Remain steady for some time and then release from the pose.
Stand on the floor in Tadasana pose. (Stand straight on the floor, look straight, hands beside your body) Hold dumbbells in your hands. Raise your hands up in the air. Stretch them. Bend your knees a little in the same way in which a person sits on a car. Remain steady for some time and then release. Repeat this activity every day.
Stand on the floor in straight position. Hold dumbbells in your hands and bring them in a straight line with your upper body. (Your hands and chest should be in a straight line and parallel to the floor). Spread your legs about 4-5 inches apart from each other. Bend your body to the right side, downward from the hips. Keeps your waist straight, thus allowing your left hand to come up in the air and your right hand comes down and touches the ground. Repeat the same activity on the other side too.
Stand straight on the floor. Move your feet 4 inches apart from each other. Hold dumbbells in your hands. Raise your hands up in the air, stretch them. Turn your right leg to 90 degrees on the right side & accordingly turn your left leg in the same direction. Keep your back straight. Look upwards towards your hands facing the sky.
5. Kite Pose:
This pose is also known as Patangasana. Here, you have to stand straight on the floor . Hold dumbbells in your hands. Raise your hands sidewise, parallel to the floor. Raise your right leg from behind and bend forwards (Your leg and your head should be in a straight line, parallel to the ground). Remain steady for some time and then release.
6. Double Angle Pose:
This pose is known as Dwikonasana in yoga terms. For this one needs to stand straight. Look straight. Raise your hands upwards from behind your back. Stretch them. Keep holding the dumbbells all the time. Remain steady for 10-15 seconds and then release from the pose.
7. Standing Side Stretch:
Stand on the floor in straight pose. Hold dumbbells in your hands. Raise your left hand in the upward direction. Stretch it towards the right side from over your head. Repeat the same activity on the right side too.
Stand straight on the floor. Hold dumbbells in your hands. Bend downwards from your hips to touch your feet with your fingers. Keep your arms stretched in the whole process. Remain in this position for some time and then release.
Sit on the floor in Vajrasana position. Hold dumbbells in your hands and raise them up in the air. Bend them forward from above your head. Completely bend forward & rest your hands on the floor in front of you. Remain steady for some time and then release.
Lie down on your belly and place your face on your chin. Lift up your chest off the floor. Tilt your face upwards and close your eyes. Place your hands besides your chest. Hold dumbbells in your hands. Do not lift up your thighs or your feet. Remain in this position for 30 seconds and then release.
Once you start practicing these asanas on a regular basis, not only will you burn off excess fat, but you will also feel yourself feeling lighter spiritually and emotionally. So, practice away!
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