Urban Zen Yoga

with Sigi Kolbe

Power Yoga

Power Yoga is a general term used in the West to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to Vinyasa style Yoga. The term came into common usage in the mid 1990s, in an attempt to make Ashtanga Yoga more accessible to western students, though, unlike Ashtanga, Power Yoga does not follow a set series of poses, so classes can vary widely.

With its emphasis on strength and flexibility. Power Yoga, through its practice of a series of rigorous asanas, is more about strengthening the body - than chanting, and meditating. The Power Yoga practitioner is rewarded with many physical benefits to his bones, his muscles, and his joints. The goals of power Yoga are to increase flexibility, improve concentration, and build and tone the muscles. The achievement of these goals makes the practitioner’s body stronger and healthier.

The workout, experienced during Power Yoga, is intense and utilises the entire body. To hold the series of poses in this type of Yoga session, the practitioner has to use muscles in his arms, shoulders, back, legs, feet, and abdomen, which tone and strengthen these muscles. Due to the fact that an integral part of practicing Power Yoga is stretching and breathing exercises, the practitioner increases overall flexibility.

Power Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga are generic terms that may refer to any type of vigorous Yoga exercises derived from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Though Power Yoga classes can vary widely from teacher to teacher, they will most likely appeal to people who are already quite fit and  enjoy exercising. Prepare to work hard and work up a sweat.


  • Increases stamina, strength, flexibility & tone

  • Promotes blood circulation & vitality

  • Calorie burning

  • Eliminates toxins through sweat

Power Yoga classes are for all levels of students as poses are adjusted for beginners. Those who are very unfit may want to start with Yin Yoga classes first.