Dynamic Yoga Empowers Practitioners Through Extreme Exercise

There is something about Americans when it comes to exercise. We just seem to love pushing the limits; it’s the no pain, no gain mentality. Now, I’m not saying it’s good or it’s bad. I’m just observing that there are a lot of fitness folks who believe that pushing yourself to the outer limits is the only way to “get in the zone.”

It’s probably this addiction to extreme exercise that has led to such popularity with more aggressive forms of yoga such as dynamic yoga and power yoga, etc.

What is Dynamic Yoga?

For those that aren’t familiar with the different types of yoga, when people talk about dynamic yoga they are usually referring to the yogic style Vinyasa.

Vinyasa yoga, although it has many subsets, is one of the more vigorous styles of yoga. It is based on a series of asanas called the Sun salutations that combine poses, movement and deep breathing and end with some very intense stretches. While Vinyasa yoga is more aggressive than many other forms of yoga, it isn’t at the top of the list.

What is Power Yoga?

Ashtanga yoga is a very intense form of yoga often referred to as power yoga. The poses, of which there are more than 200 are always performed in the same order. These sets of the poses are done more quickly than in the other styles with coordinated breathing and movement. The Ashtanga Yoga experience is more like a rigorous dance or other athletic pursuit, and more closely resembles the kinds of work outs Americans typically enjoy.

Dynamic yoga styles—either Vinyasa or Ashtanga— are definitely not for beginners as you will need a certain amount of experience and flexibility before you will be able to complete the asanas. Since you can choose from several styles, we recommend becoming comfortable with Vinyasa  first. Once you’ve learned the poses and conditioned your body for the intense stretching,  you will be ready to take on Ashtanga.

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