As we all know, Yoga and other ancient arts connecting the body to mind and soul are getting really popular all over the world. The change has been really fast in the last decade and many westerns cultures have accepted these forms as their fitness routine. A very strongly marketed term that has hit the market is Power Yoga, which is essentially Yoga but with a twist of its own.
What is Power Yoga?
Power Yoga is a term that was first coined by Beryl Bender Birch and the roots of it are based somewhere in the Vinyasa form of Yoga. Vinyasa literally means the flow, makes power yoga flow of different poses that affect the body and strength the core.
How is it different than normal yoga?
- Balance: Yoga, in all its forms, is supposed to bring you some balance and strengthen your core. Though it is a balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual forms or asanas but Power Yoga explores physical part of it and hence it is a flow of hard-core poses that will not only help you strike a balance through your mental, physical and emotional levels but will also strengthen your core.
- Style: One more thing about yoga and all its forms in these days is that due to people from many cultures venturing into learning the art of Yoga the meaning of yoga keep changing and also the style. Now, what you learn from your instructor is what you will do with a bit of variation of your own. And if you become an instructor yourself that bit of you is transferred into your student who then will add their bits into it and henceforth the art form becomes a unique version of each instructor.
- Adaptation: Power Yoga being an adaptation from Ashtanga Yoga keeps the base of Power Yoga the same as a number of asanas or the Vinyasa form of yoga. But due to the adaptation by a particular instructor and the bits and parts added by them to make it more of a fitness regime, the meaning and form keep changing.
- Taught by an instructor: People who put intense workout sessions and core workouts in a flow are also known as power yoga but a few also teach a calmer way towards it and still call it power yoga. So, personally, I feel that Power yoga is an expression of an instructor and the way they want to present fitness to the world in the form of Yoga to achieve balance with this world and beyond. Though, the most popular in the world of Power Yoga is rigorous workouts designed to go in flow with the breath. The idea is to go from one form to another without breaking the flow of breath. It is much difficult than it sounds and needs some amount of strength and will to complete a daily regime.
No doubt, a routine like this will build your core strength and will help you manage a balance in your life. You will feel more energetic and not forget, it is a messy workout which may make you sweat really hard but you will lose many toxins and body fat once you start practicing power yoga. So, if you are looking for a workout for your whole body and gym is not good enough or boring for you, power yoga is your thing. You can start with a 10-15 minute meditation to bring a balance in your breath and calm your mental and physical energy and then take it to a full hundred once you start your sequences.
I am going to be honest with you, power yoga might change your perspective about Yoga and the simplicity you associate with it but it definitely is something to try and benefit from. Power yoga is a modern take on the hundreds of years old art of yoga and meditation, the motive of which is mostly salvation hence connecting your mind, body, and soul by the means of breath and flow. Everyone must have a thing to let him or her connect his or her physical and mental aspects. The objective, as always, is to live a good life, take care of the body to be prepared to welcome life as it comes, happily.
Shivani Mehra is a budding author and a hopeless poet, a learning enthusiast and a dreamer who believes her dreams come true through writing.