What is power yoga?

Power yoga…the form of workout fast gaining popularity worldwide. And in India also, Shilpa Shetty’s videos (thanks to the visual appeal) did add quite a bit to its fame.

Wanted to find out how did this form of yoga originate and where.

Well, to start with, though it’s a form of yoga it did not originate in India. Power yoga is a general term used in the West to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to yoga. It is a form of continuous workout based on the Ashtanga style of yoga with the stress on flexibility and strength. The advent of power yoga heralded yoga’s current popularity, as people began to see yoga as a way to work out. Power yoga brought yoga into the gyms of America.

Two American yoga teachers are most often credited with the near simultaneous invention of power yoga: Beryl Bender Birch, based in New York, and Bryan Kest, based in Los Angeles. Not coincidentally, both these teachers had studied with Ashtanga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Chanced upon the power yoga sessions video by Bryan Kest and tried it. For the uninitiated, it’s far removed from the general conceptions about yoga that we may have.  Requires immense stamina and flexibility and am sure with regular practice will help build the same as well!


2 Responses to “What is power yoga?”

  1. 1 Anupriya
    June 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I’m glad this post figured 🙂

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