Strength Training with Power Yoga

by Kimberly Hays | February 18th, 2013 | 15 Minutes or Less, Strength Training

yogaPower yoga is a dynamic workout that has more of a fitness approach instead of yoga that includes chants and meditation. It is also called gym yoga, and is based on the Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga methods of movement. Power yoga is not a set sequence of poses, so the classes available will not have a consistent routine, and will vary from teacher to teacher. Its emphasis is on strength training, and is taught in many fitness centers across the U.S. because many people use it not only as a strength training tool, but also to gain better flexibility.

The workouts will allow you to add the movements to your strength training routines when working on a certain area of the body. It also helps to lessen injury due to the stretching of the muscles. After learning the movements, you can quickly add a few moves to your regular routine that will only take minutes to complete, but give you faster results. Power yoga is for people who are already in good shape, and those who love exercising. The movements are difficult, and you definitely sweat and get a good workout.

If you enjoy an intense workout, you will enjoy power yoga’s boot camp style technique. Those who are always looking for a challenge in their strength training will appreciate the intensity. Classes are available all over the U.S., but you want to be certain that the instructor has been properly trained in this form of yoga due to the amount of strength used which can cause injury if not taught properly. Be sure that the instructor has power yoga certification. This requires 200 hours of instruction. If you are a beginner and want to start incorporating some moves while building up, it is suggested that you take ‘hot yoga’ classes prior to power yoga classes.

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