Power yoga is a general term used to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to Vinyassa-styled (flowing postures linked by breath) yoga. This type of yoga increases one’s ability to focus while emphasizing proper form in each pose to increase strength, endurance, and flexibility. It can be closely connected to Ashtanga or Baptiste styled yoga.
The benefits to this type of yoga include, but are not limited to:
• Bolsters strength, stamina, and flexibility.
• Improves one’s ability to focus.
• Aids in releasing tension and anxiety.
• Helps maintain proper posture.
• An overall toning of the entire body.
• A great detoxification for the body and mind!
• Serves as an excellent source of cross-training for athletes looking to improve upon their sport of choice.
To obtain the full benefit of the practice, you will be practicing in a heated room. As the body is heated both externally and internally, many benefits are received. These include but are not limited to:
• Heat allows your muscles and connective tissues to become more elastic, increasing the depth of each pose in the practice as well as reducing the chance of injury.
• Your body will burn fat more effectively as fat is burned and distributed during class. It is common to notice a loss of centimeters in a very short time!
• The heat produces a fluid-like stretch that allows for a greater range of movement in joints, muscles, ligaments, and other supporting structures of the body.
• Capillaries dilate in the heat allowing the tissues, muscles, glands, and organs to oxygenate more effectively. This helps in the detoxification process. The toxins are ultimately eliminated through sweat.
• Your metabolism speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
• Heat promotes the functioning of the body’s T-cells, improving the functioning of the immune system.
• Because the environment is challenging; you will increase your self control and ability to focus.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE FLEXIBLE TO BENEFIT FROM OR PRACTICE YOGA!
This is a tough one to answer as everyone is different. But, as with anything, consistency and dedication make all the difference. It all depends on what you are looking for as an individual. Any time you practice yoga you are giving your body a gift. Two to three times a week will provide you with a transformation over time. However, for life changing results, it is recommended to practice four to six times a week on a consistent basis.
While this is ultimately an individual decision, no student should practice heated power yoga pregnant without first consulting with their physician. Additionally, each student is encouraged to listen to her own body throughout her pregnancy. Individual limitations should always be respected. It’s usually not a good idea to start a yoga practice as a beginner when you’re pregnant.
• Mat: Students are encouraged to buy their own mat once they have decided to practice on a regular basis. A good mat is key! Both generic and Manduka mats can be purchased at the studio. Mats can also be rented for $1.00.
• Water: Each student should bring a large water bottle to class. However; students lose a significant amount of liquid during practice, therefore, it is encouraged to hydrate throughout the day before and after practice. The more hydrated your body is-the better your practice will be! Water bottles are available for rent at the studio for $2.00. Hint: Adding ice to your water will counter-effect the heat, so keep your water room temp!
• Large Towel(s): As our bodies heat up and we begin to sweat, our mats quickly become very slippery. To prevent slipping, each student should bring a towel to put over his/her mat. A commonly used product used (also rented and sold) at yV is a flat towel called a yogitoe. These are super helpful in keeping you in place!
Absolutely! We open our doors about 15 minutes before class. Just show up-and we’ll get you set up!
Nope. In fact, the system won’t let you sign up online until you’ve been at least once before. Once you’ve been, your name is in the system and you can reserve a spot in classes.
Sometimes classes sell out, so some students like to make sure they have a spot reserved. However, if you do not show up to a class where you reserved a spot you may be charged for the class regardless.
Dress to sweat!
Women: Fitted sports pants and or athletic shorts with a fit tank top and/or sports bra/athletic bra.
Men: Shorts. Most men prefer to practice topless; however, fitted T-shirts will work as well.
*Because the room is heated and students will be in many different poses, each individual should wear what is comfortable and allows the most range of motion. Loose T-shirts are not recommended as they tend to fall over students heads when in a pose where the head is down.
• Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach.
• All classes are first come, first serve.
• Studio doors will be closed two minutes before class begins.
• Doors to the studio will be locked during and periodically between classes.
• Once in the actual studio, it is yogi etiquette not to chat loudly with your neighbors. The studio is a place for students to come onto their mats and into themselves, preparing for their yoga practice.