FAQ About Choosing the Right Yoga Practice

What is the difference between Ashtanga and Power yoga?

Ashtanga and Power yoga are both dynamic and physically demanding styles of yoga, but there are some differences between the two:

Origin: Ashtanga yoga is a traditional form of yoga that was developed in Mysore, India, while Power yoga is a modern form of yoga that was developed in the United States in the 1990s.

Sequence: Ashtanga yoga follows a set sequence of postures, which are practiced in the same order each time. Power yoga, on the other hand, does not follow a set sequence and can vary from class to class.

Breath: In Ashtanga yoga, there is a specific breathing technique called ujjayi breath, which is used to synchronize breath with movement. Power yoga does not necessarily follow this specific breathing technique.

Speed: Ashtanga yoga is typically practiced at a steady, moderate pace, with each movement held for a specific number of breaths. Power yoga, on the other hand, can be practiced at a faster pace and may involve more repetitions of certain postures.

Philosophy: Ashtanga yoga is rooted in the Eight Limbs of Yoga philosophy, which includes ethical guidelines, physical postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and other practices. Power yoga does not necessarily incorporate these philosophical aspects, and is often more focused on the physical aspects of the practice.