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Fitness industry in the US commercialises yoga
Power yoga popular in the West is a variant of yoga with vigorous, work-out styled fitness-based approach to vinyasa yoga. Often yoga is considered a gentle, slow and mindful stretch of body. But, intense and flowing style of yoga that leads to sweating is called power yoga.

Power yoga has been dubbed as "gym yoga" since it has been commercialized by fitness industry as a way to work out in the west. In the US, Beryl Bender Birch and Bryan Kest are considered to be the proponents of power yoga.

On the other hand, Baron Baptiste has established his own style of power yoga, a bit different from the former two power yoga masters. Presently, power yoga classes in the west can vary widely from teacher to teacher, and are even being customized for those who enjoy exercising in a variety of ways.

Baron has founded Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Institute to hold classes and run courses on health, yoga and spiritual education. The institute claims that it has created the Baptiste Yoga Community as ‘a dynamic group of practitioners, teachers, and affiliated studios’ in the last twenty years.

According to the proponents of power yoga, this variant of yoga insists upon the health and robustness, and hence it is severe and fast-paced type of practice of taking a number of different poses or asanas. You should do this as if you would in regular yoga.

To be called a yoga variant, power yoga insists on the correct way to breathe, which is called Vinyasa, that follows the poses but at a fast pace. In a way, power yoga is a form of yoga that essentially combines both aerobic and poses to make it a work out or strength training exercises.

One can have flavour of power yoga at home. To begin with, four fundamental exercises like Surya Namaskar, hurdler's stretch, warrior lunge, frog stand and bridge can be practiced at a fast pace. Only thing to be kept in mind is to increase the speed of repetition of assuming the pose with a graceful fast flow of body and breathing, till you start sweating.

The commercialization of yoga in the form of gym yoga work outs has mystified yoga. Power yoga needs to be demystified as it can be done easily and conveniently in the comfort of one's own home or an open space in the neighbourhood.

In India too, many gyms now offer power yoga work outs along with holding camps for students during summer vacation by charging hefty fee.

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