Hatha Yoga & Power Yoga
As the name suggests, power yoga is focused on building strength and endurance. It is also an excellent form of yoga for burning calories.
Although power yoga isn’t an official type of yoga, the term is sometimes used interchangeably with Vinyasa yoga. It’s probably more accurate to say that power yoga is a form of Vinyasa, which has its roots in Ashtanga yoga, an established practice that began in the early 20th century.
With power yoga, the emphasis is on the flow from one pose to the next, rather than approaching each pose separately. The poses aren’t disconnected from each other, unlike some other forms of yoga.
No matter what you call it, power yoga is a fast-paced and intense activity. You move from one posture to another rapidly, linking your breathing to the different motions of your body.
A power yoga class may seem more like an aerobics class than a relaxed, mindful yoga experience. Though it requires mindfulness and focus on your breathing, power yoga is more dynamic than meditative.
- Burns calories
- Best workout for losing weight.
- Increases stamina, strength, flexibility and tones our body and core.
- Increases metabolism
- Alleviates stress and tension and improves focus.
- The physical power which is developed through the poses in Power Yoga resulting in an improvement of the body’s natural strength and health.
- The mental power or the willpower, which is disciplined during the course of the practice as it clears the mind of unorganized thoughts and helps
What exactly Hatha yoga actually is hasn’t changed for thousands of years. However our thinking and perception of it certainly has. Language is a powerful thing, and in different cultures the same word can have a variety of definitions. Throughout the evolution of yoga practice, the same word – Hatha – has come to mean different things too.
Popular thinking ‘in the West’ (an all-too-common expression now), is that Hatha yoga is about balancing the body and mind. ‘Ha’ represents the esoteric sun, and ‘tha’ the moon. The practice of Hatha yoga aims to join, yoke, or balance these two energies.
A yoga class described as ‘Hatha’ will typically involve a set of physical postures (yoga poses) and breathing techniques. These are typically practiced more slowly and with more static posture holds than a Vinyasa flow or Ashtanga class. And indeed, that is how we describe our Hatha yoga classes on Nirmal Wellness .
Literally however, Hatha means ‘force’ and is more traditionally defined as ‘the yoga of force’, or ‘the means of attaining a state of yoga through force’. So Hatha yoga can be considered as anything you might do with the body, including:
Benefits Of Hatha Yoga
Some of the benefits of Hatha Yoga on the physical body are:
- It improves mobility in the joints.
- It improves flexibility in the connective tissue.
- It stretches the fascia and improves its condition.
- It improves metabolism.
- It improves the functioning of all body systems.
- It stimulates cell repair and regeneration.
- It improves blood flow in the spinal cord and brain.
- It rejuvenates the ligaments.
- It helps to stimulate the lymphatic system and cleanses the body.
- It improves the overall range of motion of the body.
- It improves energy levels.
Some of the mental benefits are:
- It helps to calm down the senses.
- It helps to improve concentration.
- It sharpens the focus.
- It brings balance to the emotions.
- It relieves anxiety and depression.
- It removes mental fatigue.
- It stimulates creativity.
- It stimulates learning facilities.
You are requested to consult your doctor before beginning your practice. Above Asanas are depends on individual conditions of pregnancy. It’s advisable to start the Pregnancy exercise in the presence of trained yoga instructor.
Hello! I am Nirmal Pal (Reproductive Wellness Coach), Yoga & Nutritionist. I have completed Prenatal and Postnatal Teacher Training, (Yoga Vidya Gurukul, Nashik, Maharashtra). and I also have certificate in Yoga Asana for Health Promotion certificate from (Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga) and I have completed Yoga and He has also obtained a master’s degree in Science of Living, which he has completed from (Jain Vishva Bharati University). I have been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2006.