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.
Meredith Salvago brings to Triumph Krav Maga a power-intensive brand of Yoga designed specifically to compliment your Krav training. Her program will assist you with increasing your quickness and explosiveness by focusing on those muscle groups necessary for more power in your kicks and punches. Meredith’s program will also assist with fine tuning your lateral movements by increasing strength and flexibility in your hips and key leg muscles including the hamstrings and quadriceps, and of course there will plenty attention paid to increasing core/abs strength, a muscle group so vital to Krav training and fitness. Finally, the new Power Yoga program will focus on linking breathing techniques with movement so that punches, kicks and other strikes become more precise and focused.