Strength / Stamina / Flexibility
The documented benefits of Yoga are as diverse as our fair Crescent City, ranging from an increase in flexibility, strength, and circulation to the mental benefits that assist with increasing focus and confidence, while also serving to reduce stress. Furthermore, there are many documented cases of how Yoga facilitates the healing of pre-existing ailments including, but not limited to, back pain, shoulder pain, and other ailments associated with various muscle groups. Additionally, Yoga serves as a proactive method for minimizing potential future ailments associated with the aforementioned muscle groups.
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. The concept of Power Yoga was introduced to the West by devotees of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, a renowned Sanskrit scholar who inspired Western Yogis with his Ashtanga Yoga style and philosophies. It’s a small wonder why Power Yoga is considered as the Western version of the Indian Ashtanga 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, comparable to a trancelike dance. But in the perspective of a Power Yogi, the process is like a vigorous exercise, pushing and contorting every limb to its limit while maintaining a strong sense of inner peace and concentration to pull off each move flawlessly and gracefully. As such, the transitions of the Yoga Poses are done in a slow yet steady pace. Some poses are even held longer than the required five breaths. This is the aspect of Power Yoga that raises one’s physical endurance and the ability to focus on one task for a long period of time without breaking one’s concentration.
The specific benefits that can be drawn out from Power Yoga include, but are not limited to:
- 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 person maintain proper posture
- It tones your body well
- It’s a good way to remove bodily toxins through sweat
- It serves as a great training for athletes
- It helps improve a person’s performance in certain sports like Cycling, Golf, football, and swimming.
Paige (E-RYT 500) has been practicing yoga since 1998, and teaching since 2005. She enjoys bringing yoga to Triumph members as a way to balance the work of Krav classes with stretching and relaxation. Paige’s classes at Triumph are challenging, yet accessible. Paige believes that yoga practice will serve to bring greater strength, flexibility, and mental focus to Triumph members as they advance in their martial arts training. Of course there will plenty attention paid to increasing core/abdominal strength, a muscle group so vital to Krav training and fitness. Finally, our yoga program will focus on linking breathing techniques with movement so that punches, kicks and other strikes become more precise and focused.