Power yoga, also called Ashtanga yoga, is a style of yoga that stresses strength and stamina. The practice is said to be beneficial to your overall health and well-being.
: If you have been inactive for a length of time, or if you've had any recent surgery or physical problems, particularly of the muscles and joints, please consult your doctor before you start a stretching or exercise program.
Step 1: Organize your space Organize your yoga space by placing your mat in a quiet spot where there is room to spread your arms and legs.
Step 2: Breathe Focus on your breath as you flow from pose to pose. Inhale at the start of a pose and exhale as you move to the next pose.
Step 3: Begin with vinyasa Practice the first series of poses in power yoga, called a vinyasa. Stand with your arms by your sides. Then inhale, bringing your arms to prayer position in front of you, slowly extending your arms over your head.
TIP: Look up other postures in yoga books or online.
Step 4: Fold over Exhale. Fold over at your waist until your hands touch the floor, your toes, or your ankles.
Step 5: Lift up, then plank Inhale. Lift halfway up, exhale, and then go into plank position.
Step 6: Do downward dog Inhale, move through to cobra position, exhale, and then go into downward dog. Hold downward dog for three breaths.
TIP: A good way to extend your practice is by taking a class. Check your local fitness center for class offerings.
Step 7: Repeat Repeat the vinyasa as many times as you need to get warm. As you get more comfortable, add other poses and get stronger as you do.
FACT: Yoga originated in India over 5,000 years ago.