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Power Yoga: Beginners Step By Step Guide

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Jul 29, 2015


In general, yoga is defined as a practice with Indian roots, concentrated on increasing the spiritual, mental and physical awareness. According to the records made in history, yoga has a tradition dating as far as the 6th Century BCE. From the ancient of times, this practice has been used in order to improve the symptoms of different health problems. As for the word itself, yoga means being connected to something or someone. Those who are regular practitioners of yoga, showing a clear interest in using this practice to improve their health and general well-being, are known as yogi or yogini.

The practice of yoga requires a lot of commitment and discipline— there are a lot of people who use this practice in order to attain a certain goal (such as the weight loss), discovering the most efficient techniques through which they can achieve complete control over their own bodies and mind. The modern concept of yoga is based on a series of core principles, related to perception of the body and the increased awareness of the mind, in relation to the things that surround us.
Throughout history, different schools of yoga have developed, each philosophy being based on a series of common elements but also having each own individual elements. The Buddhist meditation is considered to be one of the most popular yoga practices, with the meditation serving the purpose of increasing concentration and bringing peace of mind. It is believed that, through Buddhist meditation, one can develop mindfulness and obtain insight in regard to the health problems he/she is suffering from.

Hinduism is another school of yoga, with two different practices having developed with the passing of time. The first one is known as Rāja yoga, in which the techniques are used for the development of both the body and the mind (with the spirit being often taken into consideration as an essential element). In India, Rājayoga is considered as more than a simple practice- regular practitioners believe it to be a way of life. The second school is represented by Hatha yoga, in which the focus is on the development of the body.

The exercises and yoga postures assumed in this book are the practice that are meant to develop the physical and mental strength.

Jainism, with the Jain meditation, is the yoga school in which the practice is concentrated on the soul and the desire to achieve supreme freedom. Other schools have developed in time, with tantric yoga being among the most popular. Combining the practice of yoga with sexual techniques, it is believed that tantric yoga can help a person lead a long and healthy existence.

The fact that yoga is practiced with the purpose to develop the spirit is not a secret. However, apart from healing the spirit, yoga, with its physical postures, can be extremely useful in improving the health.

Power Yoga is one of the branch of yoga. Click on Buy to learn more

Jul 29, 2015

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Power Yoga - Barbara Miller

Power Yoga

Beginners Step By Step Guide

By Barbara Miller

Copyright 2015 Barbara Miller

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Introduction To Power Yoga

Chapter 2: How Power Yoga is Different From Yoga

Chapter 3: What Are The Benefits of Power Yoga?

Chapter 4: How To Breath in Power Yoga

Chapter 5: What is Vinyasa?

Chapter 6: Asanas (Poses) in Power Yoga

Chapter 7: Complete Start-up Steps

Chapter 1

An Introduction To Power Yoga

Yoga is considered one of the most effective ways to reduce stress and increase a general overall feeling of happiness and contentment as well as improving flexibility and strength in the body. The common view of yoga used to be one of quiet, controlled, gentle chanting in a variety of serene poses. In the 1990s that view expanded to include power yoga - a new, more intense and energetic form of the practice, with different benefits and results. Power yoga is a westernized form of yoga that is more physically vigorous than more traditional eastern forms, with more focus on the physical demands than on the spiritual side.

The practice that is now known as power yoga originates in a traditional form of yoga known as Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga or Ashtanga yoga for short. The Vinyasa part of the name refers to the breathing part of the practice. Breathing is a key element of all yoga styles, and in particular, it is a foundation of Ashtanga yoga and Power yoga. Power yoga is a variation on Ashtanga and includes the breathing with sound feature of the traditional Ashtanga practice. Each move in power yoga is accompanied by an inhale or exhale of breath.

The breathing is deep and audible; with practitioners making a sound as they exhale that is compared to the sound of the ocean. This intense and vocal breathing technique gives practitioners a strong point of focus that enables them to perform each move more effectively. Power yoga, unlike other forms of yoga, is fast moving, with very little time spent in any one particular pose. This variation on the Ashtanga was created in America by two American yoga teachers around the same time. One was based in New York while the other was based in Los Angeles; both had Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, a master of Ashtanga yoga.

The purpose of developing power yoga from Ashtanga was to make the practice more accessible and attractive to westerners. The idea worked, and power yoga was welcomed into the world of gym workouts and weight loss programs. The intensity of the exercises combined with the regimented breathing patterns result in an

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