What is power yoga? Is it okay for me to do if I am a beginner?
This question was asked on our facebook page and received several replies- what advice would you add to this?
Greig: it would depend on age and what level of fitness the student is at.For a beginner I would usually recommend that they spend some time learning the basics of yoga before moving onto Power or Astanga
Ganesha: Power Yoga -a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga. Any session/sequence that is considered energtic with lots of vinyaysas can be called power yoga by western standards. Less yogic philoshophy/meditation..more difficult asanas with very little sivasana . Any yoga style can be turned into power yoga simply by adding more difficult asanas and vinyasas.
Om tat sat
Jen: power yoga's like bootcamp yoga depending on how tough the instructor is. It was the 2nd yoga class I ever walked into and its the only class I now take.
Mei: on a personal level, i kinda like power yoga :-)
Lucy: ashtanga yoga (eight limbs of yoga) as defined by the ancient rishis means yama and niyama (personal and social disciplines such as cleanliness and nonstealing) asana ( sthiram sukham asanam a posture is that which is comfortable and steady ie can be held a long time) pranayama - control of breath, pratyahara - withdrawal from the senses, dharana- concentration, dhyana- meditation. samadhi. Traditionally the asanas and pranayama would be referred to as hatha yoga. a good teacher can adjust a beginner.
Judy: As a Yoga Instructor, i teach all levels, 'Power Yoga" is totally different then other Yoga Postures and timing. Try it if you are not comfortable then try another Yoga...the point... enjoy
Kapil: in india, power yoga means Hatha yoga, it is a huge branch of yoga in which pranayma breathing & yoga asanas(postures) are combined together, it is ok for everybody but you should consult your teacher for the right guidance about all practice, then start it because whatever you are going to start you must ask your teacher first then to others.
Judith: To me it's more like Pilates or similiar, yoga to me is about Holding the posture, breathe and meditation, this is more like just excercise, just my personal view :)
Mis: We have to learn yoga step by step, it's better you learn the posture as a beginner and thus you know its power.