Wednesday, February 22, 2012

***Power Yoga in the Cave THIS SATURDAY @ 9 a.m.!!!***

The name Power Yoga says it all. It is one of the several types of Yoga that has the same potential of emulating a rigorous full-body workout and promotes mental stability and concentration.   Although Power Yoga is a shortened and modified version of Ashtanga Yoga, it also borrows certain aspects from other Yoga practices like Bikram Yoga and Iyengar Yoga.

Power Yoga is done by doing a series of Yoga Poses while synchronizing one's breathing patterns to each movement, or Vinyasa, resulting in actions with perfect unity and grace. In the eyes of a person who does not practice Yoga, the movement may seem soft and free-flowing, but in the perspective of a Power Yogi, the process is a vigorous exercise while maintaining a strong sense of inner peace and concentration to pull off each move gracefully. While the pace of the class is fast at times, some poses are held for up to 10 breaths.  This aspect of Power Yoga raises one's physical endurance and the ability to focus on one task for a long period of time without breaking concentration.  Power Yoga is usually done in a heated room to achieve optimum muscle flexibility.

Here are some benefits of Power Yoga:

■It bolsters strength, stamina, and flexibility.
■It improves one's ability to focus.
■It's a great way to release tension and anxiety.
■It helps a body's ability to maintain proper posture.
■It tones your body well.
■It's a good way to remove bodily toxins through sweat.
■It helps improve a athletic performance in all sports.

But despite its vigorous approach in Yoga, Power Yoga still focuses on the general aim of Classical Yoga, which is to unite the body, mind, and spirit. It uses traditional Yoga practices in order to tap in to the inner core of one's power and to help this individual to recognize the different levels of power which are:

■The physical power which is developed through the poses in Power Yoga resulting in an improvement of the body's natural strength and health.
■The mental power or the willpower, which is disciplined during the course of the practice as it clears the mind of unorganized thoughts and helps the self to concentrate on a single task.
■The spiritual power, the driving force behind one's physical and mental power, is nurtured, allowing complete mastery of one's thought and actions.

What are you waiting for?!?

***FOUNDATIONS WORKSHOP COMING SATURDAY, MARCH 10TH 10:30-12:00***
Break down the PowerYoga flow.  Get back to basics OR learn how to amp up your practice. 
If you are new to yoga or if you've been down-dogging a while and want a new challenge,
this is for YOU! 

$25 in advance/$35 at the door

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