One of many benefits inherent with power yoga (ashtanga), a fiery style of yoga that links together a series of postures (asanas) into a powerful flowing workout routine that not only soothes your mind and spirit, but also whips your body into shape.
Blanchard is the founder of Progressive Power Yoga and owner of a popular studio in Studio City, California. He's been practicing power yoga, which emphasizes strength and flexibility, for 28 years, and teaching it in his studio for over ten.
If you're having difficulty maintaining a slow and deep rate of breathing through your nose and mouth, slow down. It takes time and dedication. It takes patience. "I always refer to it as yoga practice, not yoga perfect," adds Blanchard.
For example, when performing a standing forward bend, if you cannot bend over far enough to place your hands palm-down and flat on the ground, bend over as far as you can and grab your shins.
"Remember to breathe," reminds Blanchard. "And as you continue to breathe deeply, your body will respond. You'll possibly bend further the next time you repeat the posture."
One final reminder: Always check with your physician before you begin practicing power yoga or any other type of physical exercise.
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