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The fast pace of the practice may be tiring, but pushing through is what will help you build stamina — both mentally and physically. “During a power class, you are challenging your body by holding postures for what might feel like an eternity,” Ghandour says.
Power yoga is all about speed, which helps your body warm up — and this primes your muscles and joints to move through their full range of motion, Sloane says. So the swift vinyasa practice leads to better mobility and a decreased risk of injury.
A consistent practice will make you more flexible, too. While that’s true for any form of yoga, Ghandour says the heat generated by your body in power yoga, plus how long you hold each pose, will help your muscles get used to deeper stretches.
Though power yoga is a vigorous workout, Larkin says it’s still considered a low-impact form of exercise. That makes it a great choice if you’re looking to avoid things like running or HIIT.