As you guys know, I’m a HUGE fan of power yoga. It’s one of my all-time favorite workout loves, and something I always come back to, even after a bit of a hiatus. Right now, I’m on a power yoga high as I’ve been recently reunited with the practice. In Tucson, I’ve had a bit of a tougher time finding a studio close to me (AZ Power Yoga is amazing, but really far from pretty much everywhere in Tucson), and finally found one I adore with an amazing teacher (aaaand it’s only $4! Skidoosh.)
I can’t believe I haven’t done a “Focus On” post for power yoga! No time like the present… nothing reminds you to stay in the present like an incredible yoga practice <3
[Please keep in mind that I'm NOT a certified yoga instructor by any means, but am writing this from a participant's perspective. I've been practicing yoga for 10 years, regularly for 5, and have taken a variety of classes around the US. Power yoga is by far my favorite, but I also enjoy Bikram and gentle hatha yoga from time to time.]
So what is it?
Heated vinyasa yoga is usually referred to as “power yoga”, in which you flow from one pose to the next using your breath. It’s a very athletic practice with a cardiovascular element, and you’ll also work on core strength and balance. You’ll still hold poses, but often they’re part of a series that you’ll add onto for the duration of the class. Sometimes power yoga can be VERY fast and furious, and the room is usually heated. Some studios are much hotter than others, going from a comfortable warmth to a scorching oven; you have to find the studio/instructor combo you like the most.