5 amazing benefits of power yoga for your mind and body
Benefits of power yoga are illustrated with a positive change in mindset and immediate weight loss, thereby making it a popular choice among youngsters. Read on to know more
If you haven’t yet been bitten by the bug of power yoga, it’s time you catch up with it. It is 'the' fitness fad that's got everybody talking and even has Bollywood stars Shilpa Shetty and Kangana Ranaut swearing by its life-altering qualities.
Of late, power yoga has gained immense popularity because it combines the positive outcome of yoga with the energy of aerobics. "This enables great amount of weight loss, stamina-building and has a universal appeal with the youngsters who otherwise shy away from the ‘slow format’ of typical yoga," says Madhav, founder and CEO, KIPA Dance and Fitness Academy, Delhi.
This form of yoga is also known as dynamic yoga. "Power yoga is a fast-paced and a strenuous exercise regime which can be practiced by anyone who enjoys exercising. It is very popular in India, especially among the younger generation for its recreational and creative aspects," says holistic health guru, Mickey Mehta. He lists the following benefits of power yoga:
- Power yoga emphasises on correct form in executing yoga poses
- Power yoga improves endurance in the body
- Power yoga improves flexibility in the body
- Power yoga provides flexibility to the body
- Power yoga improves concentration of a person
Continue reading to know more about the benefits of power yoga and its do's and don'ts
How does power yoga work on your body?
Benefits of power yoga can be seen on three levels. There is the physical enhancement resulting in the improvement of body’s natural strength, stamina, energy, flexibility and overall health.
Mehta, says, “Benefits of power yoga are immense. It works on the mind by improving focus and concentration and by alleviating negative thoughts. It also enhances the spiritual power, allowing a complete mastery of one’s thoughts and actions."
He adds that in that sense, power yoga benefits all body parts like the arms, shoulders, neck, chest muscles, obliques, core muscles, spine, hamstrings, quads, calf muscles and the mind. "Ensure that these yoga poses are done regularly for maximum benefits," says Mehta.
Power yoga moves faster than regular yoga, and as such gives more cardio output. In yoga, the focus is on holding the position, but the focus in power yoga is on speed and energy. It requires its practitioners to move quickly between poses, but the poses often focus on building strength rather than flexibility.
“Regular yoga is sequenced and has sets, but power yoga's beauty lies in doing any posture anytime. Its output on fitness and weight loss is more immediate and, therefore, has a greater appeal,” says Madhav.
Fitness expert Kiran Sawhney adds, "The brain, heart and mind function better if you do kapalbati and anulom-vilom power yoga poses. It is also said that by doing Sun salutation and facing the sun early in the morning, you receive positives rays of the sun and this in turn makes the mind sharper. In addition, the inverted postures like headstand (shirsh asana), plough (halasana) and the supported shoulder stand (sarvangasana) enrich the brain with rich supply of blood. This helps to improve your memory and focus."
Who should avoid power yoga?
There are certain precautions one must keep in mind while practicing either yoga or power yoga. Mehta lists the following points-to-remember.
- Always practice on an empty stomach or keep a gap of three hours before practice.
- Older people need to modify the exercises to fit into their abilities and specific needs. Yoga must be done under the guidance of a qualified yoga therapist.
- During menstrual cycle, avoid doing inverted postures like Halasan and headstand.
- Pregnant women, people with hypertension, back pain and knee problems should avoid power yoga and opt for the slower and gentler form of yoga or the traditional yoga under guidance and only after consulting your physician.
- People suffering from hypertension and cardiac problems must avoid forward bending and all inverted postures or asanas like Halasana, Shirsasana.
Remember, the benefits of power yoga can be availed by people of all ages starting from 14 or 15 years of age. However, you must ensure that these poses are executed under competent and expert guidance for posture and form correction and to avoid injuries and stress.
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