Yoga is one of the six orthodox systems of Indian philosophy. The system of yoga is so called because it teaches the means by which the individual’s soul can be united to or be in communion with god, and so secures liberation. When the restlessness of the mind, intellect and self is stilled through the practice of yoga, the yogi by the grace of the spirit within himself finds fulfillment.
Yoga is timeless pragmatic science evolved over thousands of years dealing with the physical moral, mental and spiritual wellbeing of man as a whole.
The health benefits of yoga are widely known. Yoga is a popular aid in improving and attaining both physical and mental health. This is basically the most common reason why people practice yoga-for health reasons. They want to ease their back pain, find a method to ease stress, or ways to deal with their health problems.
When the senses are stilled, when the mind is at rest, when the intellect wavers not, then, say the wise, is reached the highest stage. Yoga has also been described as wisdom in work or skillful living amongst activities with harmony and moderation. Asanas should never be practiced immediately after pranayama. If pranayama is done first allow some time at least an hour to elapse before starting Asanas.
What is power yoga?
Power yoga is the western version of the Indian Ashtanga yoga. It was given the term power yoga by Beryl Bender Birch, an Astanga yoga teacher and the author of power yoga
Power yoga is characterized by the practice of a series of yoga poses without stopping and accompanied by vinyasa or riding the breath in order to flow from one pose to another. It is a vigorous exercise that physically and mentally challenges you in order to help you connect to your inner power. Poses are done at a fast pace; some poses are held longer than the required five breaths.
The practice can increase your physical endurance and ability to focus on any task for a long time without breaking your concentration. It is primarily a shortened and modified version of the primary series of Astanga yoga, but also adapts certain practices of conventional yoga. Power yoga practice also requires the execution of basic yoga poses which provides vigorous work out and challenge which can be done even by beginners. It also emphasizes on good alignment and form, and holding the pose longer in order to achieve maximum benefits.
Power yoga sessions are done in a heated room and composed o0f rigorous cardiovascular excercises designed to build strength and flexibility, improves your ability to focus, release tension, increase stamina, tone your body and remove toxins from your body through sweat. The posesinvolved are linked on the backbone of sun salution so beginners should be familiar with this yoga excersise. Power yoga should also be practiced by people who are physically fit and not suffering from chronic ailments since power yoga sessions are rigorous and not gentle.
Power yoga serves as great training for athletes and also aids in i8njury prevention and rehabilitation. The exercises involved in this kind of yoga increase stamina, make the body more flexible, correct structural and muscular imbalance caused by overuse of a particular part of your body, improve heart efficiency, and increase lung volume.
It can benefit those who want to improve their performance, in particular, sports like cycling, golf, football and swimming. Health clubs also use Power yoga as a transition from aerobics to yoga.