You might associate yoga with calm movements and general relaxation, but you'd feel out of place carrying this belief into a power yoga class. This form of yoga provides a challenging workout for your entire body, typically with an emphasis on building strength, and isn't ideal for beginners. Add a couple hour-long power yoga classes to your weekly workout routine, and you'll build muscle as you burn calories. Consult your doctor before beginning this or any exercise regimen.
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The website HealthStatus reports that power yoga burns calories at a moderate rate. A 130-pound person who practices this type of yoga for 60 minutes burns about 304 calories, notes the website. A 180-pound person, however, burns about 421 calories during the same hour-long class.
Other Forms of Yoga
Power yoga doesn't provide the fastest calorie burn you'll experience in a yoga class, but it's far from being the slowest, either. HealthStatus notes a 130-pound person burns about 164 calories during a 60-minute Hatha yoga class, 304 calories during a 60-minute Ashtanga yoga class and 515 calories during a 60-minute Vinyasa yoga class. In 60 minutes of each of the three forms of yoga, a 180-pound person burns 227, 421 and 713 calories, respectively.