Most Power Yoga is closely modeled on the Ashtanga style of practice. Unlike Ashtanga, power yoga does not follow a set series of poses. Therefore, any power yoga class can vary widely from the next. What they have in common is an emphasis on strength and flexibility. In Power Yoga, flexibility is not the primary goal, an optimal feeling of strength, freedom, and vitality are the goals. This makes it suitable for all people, no matter their level of training. Your own physical abilities determine the level of training and because of this, power yoga is open, free, accessible, and dynamic.
Meditation is a central part of Power Yoga, it makes the mind focus in a way that allows the body to rest at the same time it’s working, combining poses and movements with breathing. Think of it as meditation in motion.
The movements in power yoga are well balanced and intended to develop strength and flexibility. Power Yoga is a type of yoga that builds up strength and endurance. The movements generate a lot of heat and you often sweat during the exercise, especially when you master the breathing technique. If the yoga class schedule lists a Power Yoga class, expect movement, not just stretching. Whether the class is fast or slow, includes chanting, or is very alignment oriented will depend on the individual instructor.