Power Yoga DVDs
I first encountered Power Yoga in the mid-1990′s through Beryl Bender Birch’s bestselling book Power Yoga: The Total Strength and Flexibility Workout.
I’m not an expert on the differences between different schools and styles of yoga by any means, but from what I understand, Power Yoga evolved out the ashtanga yoga practice taught by renowned yoga teacher Pattabhi Jois.
When yoga came over to the United States, several different practitioners adopted a more intensive approach to yoga that appealed to athletes and other very active Westerners.
With the publication of Birch’s book, Power Yoga as a yoga movement was officially born.
The DVDs in this section will definitely get you sweating.
I’d put these DVDs up against any other style of workout DVD that’s out there.
- Power Yoga for Every Body
This DVD presents a ton of different ways for you to practice. From quick 15-minute series straight through full 45-minute yoga classes, you can find something that you can practice no matter how busy you are.
The sequences on this DVD present a Vinayasa yoga approach called “Slow Flow.” The overall effect of this approach is a rigorous, rejuvenating set of workouts that increase your strength, flexibility and centeredness.
- Power Yoga DVD
Why not dive into Power Yoga with the woman who popularized the term “Power Yoga”? On this DVD, you’ll find a practice that skews toward experienced and advanced yoga students.
It’s virtually guaranteed to push you past your limits and make you sweat in the process. This is a DVD worthy of its “Power Yoga” title.
- Rodney Yee’s Power Yoga Flexibility Workout
Rodney Yee’s version of Power Yoga is fast, deep and fun. Enjoy the Joshua Tree State Park scenery as you move through a powerful and quick 30-minute Power Yoga workout thanks to this DVD.
- Power Yoga – Strength
This video presents a 30-minute workout that focuses entirely on the upper body muscles. It is so easy to run through this quick workout, and yet the benefits are demonstrable–increased strength as well as better definition and size for the muscles. This isn’t one of my regular yoga DVDs that I use frequently, but if you’re interested in building your strength through yoga, then this is the one for you.
- Power Yoga – Stamina
This DVD Power Yoga workout is 25 minutes. Since it targets stamina, you’ll be working at a high level all the way through, and it’s a great little workout to have on hand when you want to get sweaty in a hurry. Not the most intense or demanding yoga workout out there, but still respectable and enjoyable. Particularly if you like Rodney Yee’s style.
- Power Yoga Total Body Workout
Rodney Yee is big on Power Yoga. Here’s another fantastic DVD of instruction that I absolutely recommend to you if you’re interested in deepening your Power Yoga practice. This full-length one-hour yoga class keeps you moving and working every step of the way. I recommend this DVD without qualification.
- Ultimate Power Yoga
This 2010 release from Rodney Yee and Gaiam presents several different short Power Yoga series that you can string together for one long, powerful Power Yoga workout. The pace of this disc is fast without being too fast, and while I don’t like it as much as I like the Total Body Workout above, it’s still a great recent addition to Rodney Yee’s collection of Power Yoga DVDs.
- Power Yoga Collection
Power Yoga definitely seems to be a much vaguer term than, say, Ashtanga, Kundalini or Hatha. You never really know what you’re going to get when you show up to a Power Yoga class. This 3-disc DVD collection proves that Power Yoga is a very wide and encompassing term. The three discs are Yoga Burn, Power Yoga and Yoga Conditioning for Athletes. They’re varied but solid, and you can’t beat the value of this package.