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Powering Through Power Yoga!

power-yoga-videosWhat is Power Yoga?

Power Yoga is dynamic form of yoga. It’s influenced by Ashtanga Yoga and is similar to Vinyasa Yoga, but it’s more fitness-based and physically demanding. It’s an effective yoga practice for gym rats and those looking for a cardiovascular workout.

Power, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa Yoga: Are they the Same Thing?

Power, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga are often used interchangeably even though they’re not the same thing. Read on to find out the differences.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga is based on a set of 6 series of asanas (postures) always performed in the exact same order. Each set of series increases in difficulty as you transition from one flow (vinyasa) to the next. By focusing on the breath and flow, you create internal heat or agni (internal fire) and you raise your heart rate. There are no breaks or water breaks because that puts out your internal fire. The only time you rest is at the end your practice during Savasana. No background music in the class allows for a deeper spiritual experience within yourself.

While this style of yoga has been around in the US since the 1970s, it’s not as popular as Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga classes.

Power Yoga

Power Yoga is for Gym rats and for those looking for a workout.  Power Yoga’s aim is to build strength and maintain physical shape. While there is no focus on the spiritual and meditation aspects of yoga, there is a focus on breath to create internal heat.

The flows are fast-paced and done in a seamless manner. The pose sequences build over each other to be more challenging. There’s also room for creativity as there are no set of rules to follow so teachers can arrange postures how they want.

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa classes has elements from both Power and Ashtanga Yoga. Classes are focused on flexibility (rather than building strength) with continuous flows that are synchronized with the breath, lots of sun salutations, and accompanied music. What you can expect from Vinyasa classes is lots of variety as teachers are free to create and develop their own style.

Benefits of Power Yoga

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Get leaned and toned with Power Yoga!
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases your stamina, strength, and flexibility
  • Tones the body
  • Clears your mind, better focus
  • Strengthens bones
  • Stress reducer
  • Builds upper body and core strength
  • Builds lean muscle mass and boosts metabolism
  • Improves your mood
  • Improves your quality of sleep
  • Promotes weight loss

Those who can’t do weightlifting at the gym will find that these dynamic types of yoga are a great alternative.

Power Yoga is a No-No if…

  • You are pregnant
  • You have a herniated disc, back and neck problems, or osteoporosis
  • You had recent surgery
  • You have a chronic disease or disorder

Please consult your doctor if you have any of these and if you’re unsure.

Power Yoga for Weight Loss

Power Yoga as cardiovascular exercise is a great way to get into shape and a great alternative to weightlifting. Like weightlifting, power yoga builds lean muscle and boosts your metabolism for fat loss. To get the most out of Power Yoga and to see results, you can do Power Yoga 2-3 times a week in-between your regular cardio workouts. If you’re looking to lose more weight, see my previous article “How to Lose Weight with Yoga” for more tips.

Best Power Yoga Workouts

To learn some Power Yoga poses immediately after you finish reading my post, here is a preview of a power yoga video from YogaDownload.com

Yoga Alchemy: The Fear – Online Yoga with Mark Morford

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Have you tried Power Yoga? What was your experience like?

Leave a comment or question below.

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P.S.S. If you want to learn about other types of yoga check out my intro article here

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17 Comments

  1. Linda Linda

    Wow… I love it. I remember, as a little girl my mother was really into yoga. I never developed an interest in it, although perhaps I should have. It seems like a wonderful revitalizing workout. Plus these leggings and outfits are ‘rockin’!!! The video is awesome, looks like an intense workout. This instructor seems really motivating and is filled with energy!

    • Hey Linda! Nice to see you here. I have done Power Yoga before and it is revitalizing and super tough at the same time! I still prefer traditional yoga classes as I do yoga to de-stress and for self-care.

      It’s never too late to start a yoga practice though! Hmmm you know what? This actually gave me an idea for a future post! 😀

  2. AJ AJ

    Hi there

    Not a bad post. I have never really considered yoga, but after reading this it actually sounds interesting. The fact you can do it instead of lifting weights is pretty epic. I will for sure try it. Not sure if I will like it, but hey, gotta try it out and see.

    • You never know until you try. 🙂 I also find that you have to fit the right teacher for you. Please do follow-up when you try as I’m curious to hear about your experience.

  3. Brent Brent

    Great post. I don’t think I would look good in any of that clothing but I did enjoy looking at the pictures!! LOL Yoga is something I need to get back into. I played with it for a minute but had to choose either yoga or meditation because of time constraints and chose the latter. Hopefully soon. Will have to start with the regular yoga before I get into power yoga though. thanks for sharing.

    • Meditation is great! I’m happy to hear that it’s working for you. It will really complement your yoga practice once you resume your practice. Did you ever try the Oprah and Deepak meditations? I have some posts written about them which you check out in one place by clicking on this link here.

  4. Kevin McNamara Kevin McNamara

    Hi Vanessa,

    Great post! I love my yoga but have been too scared to try Power Yoga. I attend a class and it is a cross between gentle yoga and meditation. I love it. Not too hard haha! I am someone who likes getting out of his comfort zone so I should give the power a go.

    You have given me the inspiration. Thanks 🙂

    Kev

    • I’m happy to have inspired you! That makes my day. I’m glad to see more men getting into yoga these days!

  5. Jamie Jamie

    Great article! I was wondering, I haven’t done any yoga thusfar but I have a weightlifting and martial arts background and I also have used some bodyweight exercises in my workouts… Unfortunately my flexibility is horrible right now. Would power yoga be a good fit for me or should I focus on getting more flexible first?

    • Hey Jamie! To develop flexibility, I recommend taking traditional yoga classes. There’s no need to develop flexibility first as yoga works on this right from the start and you’ll see progress as you continue your practice.

      Since you do intense high-impact exercises, I think you’ll benefit from Restorative Yoga since the poses are kept for longer periods of time and promote muscle recovery. But if this style is too slow for you, you can start with Hatha Yoga. However, I still recommend you start with beginner traditional yoga classes before jumping into Power Yoga as you need to get familiar with proper alignment and the poses so you don’t injure yourself.

      • Jamie Jamie

        I figured that was the case. Thanks for your advice!

  6. Carla Carla

    Hi there,
    I train everyday and take part in various different classes and I have thought about joining in some of the yoga classes.The reason being is that I am not overweight but i certainly need to tone and have noticed over the past couple of years my flexibility is gradually fading away!
    My only downside with yoga is that it doesn’t seem energetic enough for me but now I have read about power yoga I am definitely going to take a look to see if it is available here in Spain.
    Sounds brilliant!
    Thank you Carla

    • Vanessa Vanessa

      You’re welcome Carla! I’m so happy that this post was helpful to you! Let me know how your experience with Power Yoga goes!

  7. Baukje Baukje

    I LOVE yoga and cannot say this enough… Power Yoga is certainly intriguing and this article has inspired me to pursue it further, thanks!

    • That’s great Baukje! What types of yoga do you regularly practice? Do you also practice daily?

  8. olina olina

    Hi Vanessa, I usually practice Core Power Yoga- this is my best experience with yoga so far.

    Most of the Core Power yoga classes are practiced in a heated room (95-103 degrees). The heat stretches muscle and tendons, helping avoid injuries during the workout and encourages tissue repair. These classes are challenging because of the added heat — this part I really hate. But I like the result and feelings after practicing yoga.

    My favorite ( and the most challenging in my opinion) class is yoga sculpt.

    Even though I hate the heat, the combination of heat and humidity (heat index) has good benefits for stretching muscles and detoxifying whole body. It helps recover quickly and continue to progress in practicing yoga.

    Do you have any special suggestions for the hot yoga clothes? Thank you.

    • Thank you for sharing your experiences with Core Power Yoga and Yoga Sculpt Olina! I haven’t seen these classes offered at my local studios but they probably are available farther from where I live 🙂

      I love heated types of yoga classes the best too, but the only ones I’ve been to so far is Hot Yoga and a Hybrid Hot Ballet Yoga class. I actually find the heat to be very calming and yes I have noticed that the heat helps me stretch further. I feel so re-energized and rejuvenated after those classes (sadly there are no more Hot Ballet Yoga classes).

      Just for you, I’ll create a special post about Hot Yoga and Hot Yoga clothes in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned. Thank you for inspiring me for this future post. 🙂

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