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What does Power Yoga mean?

Power Yoga is a fairly new form of yoga, exploding in the early 90s. It is a free flowing and dynamic mix of postures from various traditions. You can definitely expect to sweat in a power class so bring a towel. Power Yoga tends to be more fitness-based and while it opens and closes with the usual warm-up and cool-down, it will not go so deep into the spiritual and meditative side of most yoga. It is considered a less strict and more playful yoga class, and often has a background of hip hop or other funky upbeat tunes. At times these classes will be taught in heated rooms. There are three well-known teachers associated with the development of this practice: Baron Baptiste, Beryl Bender Birch, and Bryan Kest.
Power yoga blends the Eastern practice of Ashtanga with the Western desire for a vigorous workout, and is a great way to build muscular, cardiovascular and mental endurance while sweating up a storm. A typical class moves from one vinyasa (pose) to the next at a brisk pace, challenging muscles you probably didn’t even know you had, and torqueing you into poses worthy of Twister. A class usually runs 60-90 minutes, so pace yourself to sustain your ohm for the duration. Most gyms and studios offer power yoga classes -- ask at the front desk.

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