What Is Core Power Yoga?

By: Melody Smith


Core power yoga is a vigorous yoga exercise that physically and mentally challenges you to connect to an inner power. It heals, detoxifies and stimulates the body and mind through balance and intention.

This special form of yoga has created an energetic, challenging program that combines strength, sweat and spirituality. It recognizes power in different levels; firstly is the physical power which develops the body`s strength and enhances health; secondly is the mental power or the will to focus on the practice; and thirdly, the spiritual power which is the power behind the physical and mental power.

Core power yoga is the Western style of the Indian Ashtanga Yoga. The name was coined by Beryl Bender Birch, an Ashtanga Yoga instructor. It has been brought to the west by followers of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, an acclaimed Sanskrit scholar who inspired Western Yogis with his Ashtanga Yoga Style and philosophies.

There are three programs available. "Core Power" is designed to strengthen abdominals and back and includes both abs-focused Vinyasa power yoga poses and variations of muscle-toning moves. "Unlocking Athletic Power" will develop supple strength with an importance on abs, back, hips and pelvis. "Soul of Strength" on the other hand is a fast-moving power yoga program with a distinct "mind-body" emphasis and some extremely challenging moves.

Sessions are done in a heated room and are made up of different cardiovascular exercises intended to develop strength and suppleness, increase endurance, improve the ability to concentrate, release stress and tensions and get rid of toxins through sweating.

Yoga poses are done at a swift pace. Some poses are held even longer than the necessary five breaths. This practice can increase physical stamina and the ability to concentrate on any task for a long time without losing focus.

What is the difference between core power yoga and other exercises?

Core power yoga is a vinyasa type that has a one of a kind program and focuses on core strength, balance and flow to build a solid practice based on strength and spirit. It offers different classes such as Hot Yoga, Yoga Sculpt, Bootcamps, Teacher Trainings and Mat Pilates. It also provides superior instructors that are personally involved in students` progress; strong and compelling leaders who pay more notice to the students` needs. The teachers of this exercise work with the students to personalize their programs and create a sense of belonging and community. Lastly, it provides quality facilities equipped with top amenities and a balance aura.

It also offers immense health benefits; it lengthens and stretches the muscles and at the same time builds endurance, strength and lean muscle tissue. It increases body temperature, killing off some bacteria in the process and creates a finely tuned state of consciousness of the workings of the body. The focus of this form of yoga is on the coordination of the breath movement, connecting the body, mind and spirit to the highest level.

It's best suited to those who desire to improve their performance in their chosen sports such as cycling, football, swimming, skiing, surfing, running/athletics, martial arts and other team sports. Some training grounds in sports practise this exercise in preparation for aerobics.

Core power yoga can reshape your body and mind!

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