Five years ago I could never have predicted that I would fall in love with Power Yoga. I always enjoyed weights and cardio training, but the thought of yoga was not my cup of tea. It was while studying to become a Personal Trainer that I first tried Power Yoga. I felt amazing after the class and the more I practiced the more I fell in love with it and all the wonderful benefits that come with practicing Power Yoga.
So what is Power Yoga? Power Yoga is the western active/athletic-modified version of the traditional Indian form of Ashtanga Yoga. It is an intense rhythmic workout, incorporating mind and spirit. It is a form of exercise that uses the balance, strength and endurance of the entire body.
I now practise regularly and consistently see improvements in my flexibility, strength, muscle shaping and mindfulness. Below are my top reasons why I love Power Yoga.
- It is a mixture of mental, physical and spiritual exercise. It includes so many positive outcomes- strength, flexibility, relaxation, stamina and cardio.
- Power Yoga eliminates toxins through sweat and increases blood flow.
- Power Yoga boost the immune system by improving the supply of oxygen to the body’s cells. Improves digestion and metabolism.
- The numerous poses practised during Power Yoga work to improve your posture. The poses focus on your deep abdominals to support and hold each pose.
- Power Yoga includes isometric poses (muscle contracts, but the length of the muscle does not change), builds lean muscle mass and contributes to toning the body.
- Power Yoga is low impact and can generally be done on consecutive days, without the need for rest days (weights in comparison usually require a minimum day’s rest in between sessions).
- I find Power Yoga a faster, more vigorous pace than other yoga’s I’ve tried, allowing more of a cardio workout. Practicing in a hot room also helps the muscles warm up quickly and is awesome during the cold winters in Canberra (where I used to live).
- I love practicing first thing in the morning to warm up the muscles and energise my body for the day ahead.
- It teaches you how to breath (deep/mindful breathing) and focus on the “now”. You learn how to keep your breath and pose in sync creating a sense of flow and relaxation.
- It suits a wide level of abilities and it is easy to modify the poses depending on your level of ability.
- It can be done anywhere and all you need is a yoga mat.
- Anyone who knows me knows I am always planning and organising things and struggle to switch my mind off. Each Power Yoga class ends with a few minutes relaxing in savasana which is a great chance to ensure your mind gets a much needed break in the busyness of today’s world.
- Power Yoga is very stress relieving, improves your mood and improves your quality of sleep. Power yoga is known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate, which is particularly beneficial for those at risk of heart disease.
- Power Yoga encompasses a holistic approach to wellness, placing a focus on improving your overall health and quality of life.
So what are you waiting for? See you on the mat!