Everything You Need to Know about Power Yoga

Power Yoga is an umbrella term used to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga.

Although many regard power yoga as superficial "gym yoga," this style of yoga practice was originally inspired by the Ashtanga method.

Power Yoga incorporates Ashtanga athletics, including many vinyasas (series of poses performed in sequence), but gives each teacher the flexibility to teach any pose in any order, making each class different.

With its emphasis on strength and flexibility, power yoga brought yoga to America's gyms as people began to view yoga as a form of exercise.

Who Invented Power Yoga?

The term "power yoga" became popular in the mid-1990s, when two American yoga teachers who had studied with Ashtanga guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois began to make what they had learned more accessible to practitioners.

western students. They also wanted to get away from the strict Ashtanga sequence, which is a series of poses that are always done in the same order.

Los Angeles-based Bryan Kest and New York-based Beryl Bender Birch are often credited with almost simultaneously inventing power yoga on opposite backs. They were both part of the second generation of American Ashtanga students.

Kest originally learned from David Williams and Bender Birth from yoga guru Norman Allen. Williams and Allen were among Jois's first Western students. Kest went on to study with Jois in Mysore, India. Bender Birch, who had previously practiced Sivananda, Kundalini, and Iyengar yoga, worked with Jois during his travels to the United States in the 1980s.

Kest and Bender Birth used the term power yoga to differentiate the intense, flowing style of yoga they were teaching from the gentle stretching and meditation practices that many Americans associated with yoga.

Bender Birch said that when she started calling her classes for power yoga, she was still teaching the Ashtanga pose sequence. However, some mainstream yoga teachers dismiss power yoga as a device that undermines the holistic and spiritual foundations of classical forms of practice and places too much emphasis on physical exercise.

Power Yoga Styles

Larry Schultz, who studied Ashtanga with Jois in the early 1980s, also introduced a form of power yoga at his iconic San Francisco studio, "It's Yoga," in the early 1990s. The first three Ashtanga series . Later, Schultz codified his approach in a style he called "rocket yoga."

Baron Baptiste is another well-known yoga teacher who has successfully established his own style of strength yoga, Baptiste Power Vinyasa.

Baptiste also studied Iyengar and Bikram. The use of the unspecific term power yoga gave each of these innovators the freedom to design methods and postures from all their influences simultaneously to create something new.

Many gyms and health clubs, in particular, have adopted the term as a way of informing their clients that this is serious exercise. If you decide to try a power yoga class, prepare to work hard and sweat.

Power Yoga classes vary greatly from teacher to teacher, but generally include flowing yoga poses that are much more intense than chanting and meditation. They can be vigorous exercise that burns calories and can help you stay in shape.

Health benefits

Power Yoga enthusiasts say it increases endurance, flexibility, posture, and mental focus. Like all physical activities, it also relieves tension2 and releases toxins through sweat. Being strict, it burns more calories than most traditional forms of yoga and can therefore help you lose weight.

Some caveats

Before you dive in, remember that strength yoga is hard work and not for everyone.

Avoid Power Yoga if:

You are not in good shape. Power Yoga, at a minimum, requires you to be moderately fit; Otherwise, physically intense asanas (postures) can end up doing more harm than good.

You are pregnant. Certain asanas can cause complications during pregnancy. (Instead, try prenatal yoga classes, which are gentle and designed for pregnant women.)

Do you suffer from a chronic physical illness such as diabetes or arthritis?

If you have any questions, it is best to consult your doctor before trying power yoga or any form of strenuous physical exercise.

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