Yoga Queries

Can I practice Yoga even though I am not flexible?

Yes, then it becomes necessary to practice yoga if you are not flexible because yoga is the easiest and safest way to gain flexibility. Start practicing yoga as you are and in a very short period of time yoga practice will loosen up your tight muscles and will also give you plenty of other health benefits.

Can power yoga build muscles?

Yes, Power yoga build lean muscles but it does not build huge muscles like weight training. Power yoga workout tones and stretches the muscles at the same time it builds strength, stamina and lean muscles.

Can yoga cure diseases?

Yes, Yoga can cure diseases. It is an ancient healing technique which has therapeutic values. This art of healing is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle yet effective for bringing the body into balance. It is highly adaptable to accommodate the needs of different conditions and physical abilities of the practitioner. Even if someone is not able to sit on the floor he/she can practice it while sitting on the chair also.

Does yoga practice help to reduce the feeling of stress?

Of course, yoga practice helps to reduce the feeling of stress because it is world’s oldest healing technique which helps us to reduce stress without having to spend years visiting the doctor, taking harmful prescription drugs. The benefits of yoga postures, breathing and meditation include better respiration, release of muscular tension and increased coordination between mind and body. All of this will contribute to reducing stress. Yoga builds greater inner calm, enabling you to deal with pressures and tension in a more constructive way.

How does power yoga affect metabolism?

Power yoga is great way to increase your metabolism. Power yoga poses build lean muscles which increase your basal metabolic rate (the amount of calories your body burns even if you are doing nothing). This means your body will burn more calories than it did previously, making weight loss more easy. Power yoga poses also improve metabolism by balancing the endocrine system and improving blood circulation.

How is it possible to build muscles with power yoga without using weights?

It is possible because while practicing power yoga, we put our body in different positions and these positions can only be held with the control and support of our muscles. So we will be using our own body weight to build lean muscles.

How long should you hold a yoga pose?

Yoga pose should be held as long as it is comfortable and does not cause any pain or discomfort. Each time you practice pose, try to slightly increase the duration. While practicing yoga poses it is very important to avoid forcing your body. Duration of the hold can also vary from pose to pose as well as depending on the fitness level of the practitioner.

How many times in a week should I practice Power Yoga to get results?

If you try power yoga session once a week even then you can feel the health benefits of it. But For optimal results in gaining flexibility and losing weight, consistency is the key to success. So 4 to 5 sessions per week can help you to achieve your targets.

I am already thin. Why should I practice power yoga?

Practicing power yoga is not just for people who wish to lose weight. Power yoga gives plenty of other health benefits also. It improves flexibility, stamina, strength and stability. It also helps you to achieve your fitness goals which are for your good health, not just for your good looks only. Thin does not necessarily mean healthy because someone who is thin and unfit is actually less healthy than someone who has a few extra pounds and is fit.

I just have started yoga practice, but I feel drowsy all through the day.

Yes in several cases it happens. One may feel uneasy for one to two weeks after starting the practice of asanas. It may happen because the yoga exercises cause the body to release deep rooted toxins, this toxins when comes to the surface, it spends some time in the blood before being eliminated. After this initial phase of body clean-up, you will start to feel much better. The more toxins you have, worse you will feel in the beginning.

Is it safe to practice yoga during pregnancy?

It becomes absolutely safe to practice yoga during pregnancy if your trainer creates a personalized yoga routine for you which are tailored to meet your specific needs at this delicate period. During pregnancy, women undergo sudden physically, mentally, and emotionally changes and practicing yoga can be a great help in dealing with these changes. Yoga practice helps to ease delivery and promote faster recovery after giving birth as well.

Should women do Yoga during menses?

It is very important that women should listen to their bodies during this time because every woman has different experiences during the menstruation period. You can practice yoga if you think you will enjoy the practice but it is suggested that inverted poses, extended holding of any pose, and strong asanas particularly strong backbends, twists, arm balances and standing positions that put a lot of stress on the abdominal and pelvic region should be avoided. But if your experiences with your cycle are not good and you think you won’t enjoy the practice. Then you should avoid practicing yoga because it’s the body’s way of sending a message that you need to relax.

What are partner stretches in power yoga?

Partner stretches are the part of power yoga sessions which helps in getting more flexibility where body passively works. While practicing partner stretches, one practitioner helps the other in performing yoga postures. In certain positions, stretching with a partner can be more effective than stretching alone.

What can a practitioner do to prevent injuries while practicing yoga?

The first rule of prevention is to avoid forcing your body. Always practice yoga with awareness, focused attention and conscious efforts. Start your practice with a specific warm up concentrating on group of muscles preparing for the practice and learn proper techniques to practice yoga. Avoid over practice because it can also cause many injuries.

What if I’m much older or younger than a “typical” member?

You may not have age in common with other members, but one thing you do have in common with every single member is your interest in personal fitness, which is much more important than a number. We welcome members of all ages and all sizes.

What is the difference between power yoga and regular yoga?

Power yoga is the vigorous fitness based version of regular style yoga which uses a more creative sequences and series of poses in a rhythmic pace while synchronizing breathing techniques to each movement. Power yoga is likely to appeal to people who are already quite fit, enjoy exercising and want a minimal amount of chanting and meditation in their yoga class.

Regular yoga is traditional and slow way of working out on body and mind which eases the tension building in muscles and joints without experiencing fatigue and overexertion. It also calms the mind, and promotes harmony between your body and mind. It can be practiced for people of all ages.

What is the difference between yoga and other forms of exercise?

Yoga works on all the four aspects of fitness flexibility, strength, stamina and stability and provides the required elements of a complete exercise program. Yoga poses positively affect the internal organs and endocrine glands. Yoga poses with breathing and yoga breathing exercises helps to re- charge the cells in the body and re- energizes the brain cells; thus, the body is rejuvenated. Yoga is more than just physical exercise which not only helps us to overcome diseases but it also develops inner awareness.

Where in other forms of exercises provide limited movement of a few joints and does not really work on the all aspects of fitness. Most of the other exercises benefit the physical body only. There is no such positive effect of the other exercises on the internal organs and endocrine glands. Other exercises are only physical exercises which do not really help us to overcome diseases. These exercises do not have therapeutic values like yoga. Most importantly these exercises do not develop the feeling of inner awareness, self control, discipline and spiritual growth.

Why can’t I practice Power Yoga more than 5 times a week?

More is not necessarily better. Power yoga is high-intensity workout and our body needs rest after 4 to 5 days of regular practice of high-intensity workout. Over practice can cause chronic fatigue, muscle soreness or damage and pain in the body. So take rest at least 2 to 3 days a week and give your body a chance to recover.