Akshar Power Yoga flows are dynamic and vigorous and are done with breath awareness. Although the pace is up-tempo, equal emphasis is given to deep breathing and posture correction. Students are also encouraged to hold postures and find their balance. Thus a regular practice will increase your lung capacity, help you detox and de-stress and maintain a toned and healthy body. The following are a few benefits of Power Yoga that can be achieved over a period of 1-3 months of regular practice.
Weight Loss/ Weight Management: A fast paced power yoga vinyasa will give you all the benefits of a good aerobic or cardio session, giving you a total body work-out. Profuse sweating in power yoga sessions lead to burning calories and core work-out and stretches will result in building lean muscles.
Increase in Flexibility: The safe and tested series of power yoga stretches releases the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use causing stiffness and pain. Yoga increases the range of motion and lubrication in joints. Yoga will also work on the soft tissues around your muscles, improving your overall flexibility.
Build up Strength and Stamina: Holding poses like downward facing dog or plank in repetitive cycles of a vinyasa help build upper body strength. Standing and balancing poses help strengthen hamstrings, quadriceps, and abdominal muscles. Poses that strengthen the lower back include upward dog and the chair pose. Almost all the asanas if done correctly, lead to building core-strength.
Boost Immune System and Detox: Increase in blood circulation results in flushing out toxins. Studies also show that Yoga decreases cholesterol and triglyceride levels and boosts immune system. It has been proven that Yoga asanas can help alleviate symptoms of asthma, back pain, arthritis, depression etc.
Alleviate Stress and Stay Calm: Asana practice decreases the level of hormones produced by adrenal glands in response to stress. Apart from asana, breathing, relaxation and meditation help calm the mind and make you feel happier and content.
Cardiovascular Health: Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
Breathe Right: Deep breathing and dynamic breathing exercises not only improve your lung capacity but add to all the above mentioned benefits and effects of Yoga.
Other benefits of Power Yoga – improved and peaceful sleep, increase in levels of concentration, learning and memory power, increase in energy levels, slowing down of aging process, developing a positive attitude etc.
Live every day with a heightened sense of awareness of your body, your thoughts and your surroundings!