A derivative of Ashtanga Yoga, Power Yoga is a fitness-based vinyasa practice as it has many of the same benefits, which include internal heat building, increases stamina, strength and flexibility improving, as well as street reduction. You have to synchronize your breath with your movement. The original Power Yoga was developed and founded by Beryl Bender Birch but is now a term used to describe many vigorous vinyasa styles.
Benefits Of Ashtanga Yoga
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Ashtanga comes with all the benefits of a regular yoga practice–strength, flexibility, stress management, and inner peace. Because the series is so demanding (and in traditional practice, you’re expected to practice most days) you will get really strong really fast. There is no part of the body that doesn’t work hard in this practice.
Here are four things you should know for doing power yoga for the first time!
- It has its roots in Ashtanga: Power Yoga definitely takes its cues from the practice made famous from Ashtanga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Two of the most recognizable names associated with power yoga, Beryl Bender Birch, and Bryan Kest, personally studied under Pattabhi Jois!
- It moves quickly: Power Yoga is definitely an intense workout that will make you sweat. A traditional Ashtanga practice follows the same series of poses and makes you hold each for five breaths before moving through a Vinyasa. Power Yoga move with a faster rhythm. There are very few moments of being in a pose and getting the feeling that it’s taking forever. Soon enough, you’ll be out and be moving on to the next Asana.
- It’s great for strength training: Other forms of yoga may be ideal for flexibility and meditation, but in Power Yoga, you lift and hold your entire body’s weight constantly. They incorporate a serious number of Vinyasas, and they’re definitely going to get your entire body into gear. For one, your arms will definitely feel the burn from all those Chaturangas!
- It makes you feel energized: There’s a reason that so many people leave Power Yoga saying that they’re feeling a little “blissed out.” But you should not leave in between. It is better to do it on regular basis then only you will feel the difference in the coming days.
Is Ashtanga Yoga For Me?
Ashtanga yoga is for you if you want a challenge and you love structure. The practice is identical from day to day, and it takes most people years to move up a level. If you have sensitive muscles or joints, this may not be the practice for you. There is a strong emphasis on “getting” each pose, even if your body is not necessarily ready to move there in a graceful way.
HISTORY OF ASHTANGA YOGA
Yoga has its roots about 5000 years BC as described in Vedic Philosophy and Tantras. Patanjali, great sage composed this path into a Darshan(Philosophy) in his Book Patanjali Yoga Sutra. In which he has formulated Yoga as an Eight Limbs or Eight Fold path.
EIGHT LIMBS OF ASHTANGA YOGA
- Yama (Principles or moral code)
- Ahimsa – A principle of non-violence
- Satya – A principle of Truthfulness
- Asteya – A principle of nonstealing
- Brahmacharya – Continence / Celibacy
- Aparigraha – A principle of non-hoarding or non-possessiveness
- Niyama (Personal Disciplines)
- Shoucha – Purity
- Santosh – Contentment
- Tapa – Endurance
- Swadhyaya – Self-study
- Eshwar Pranidhan – Dedication
- Asana (Yoga Positions or Yogic Postures)
A stable and comfortable posture which helps attain mental equilibrium.
- Pranayama (Yogic Breathing)
Extension and control of breath.
- Pratyahara (Withdrawal of Senses)
A mental preparation to increase the power of the mind.
- Dharana (Concentration on Object)
The concentration of mind on one object and its field.
- Dhyan (Meditation)
Withdrawing mind from all external objects and Focusing it on one point and meditating on it.
- Samadhi (Salvation)State of Super bliss, joy and merging individual consciousness into universal consciousness. The union between Jivatman and Paramatman. Union of Shiva and Shakti in Sahasrara Chakra (the top of the head). Realizing the Bramhan (pure consciousness) or Realization of God is the ultimate achievement of Human Birth.
If you are one of those, who like quick and forceful movements and needs to sweat it out to feel like you worked out then power yoga is your go-to activity. It combines the best of styles and offers you a holistic exercise experience. Try it and let us know how it was.