Power yoga is an amazingly effective, low-impact way to stay strong and lean, says Ivy Larson, an ACSM-certified health and fitness specialist and creator of Clean Cuisine. "I credit power yoga with keeping me fit after I recovered from a major orthopedic surgery last year. Even though I couldn't walk, I could still do yoga, and I stayed very strong, lean, and surprisingly fit," she says.
Offering an average burn of about 400 calories an hour, power yoga is a total-body workout that strengthens, keeps your heart rate elevated, and increases oxygen uptake—all of which helps boost your burn, she says. "The reason power yoga is effective is because it uses a lot of oxygen (which burns calories), and instead of isolating small muscles, you use your entire body, which burns a lot calories and generates a lot of heat."
Boost your burn: Try to avoid letting your mind wander and really concentrate on what you're doing, Larson says. "Focus, breathe, and stay in the moment to really feel your muscles working." Not only will you burn more calories by properly performing the exercise and engaging all the right muscles, you may also reduce your risk of injury due to your increased attention on form and alignment.
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