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Some people crave an intense workout from a yoga class or yoga DVD, and there are several types of yoga that will leave you wiped out (but in a good way).
Power yoga is not a specific type of yoga, but a yoga class or yoga DVD that bills itself as “power yoga” should provide you with a vigorous, challenging workout. Most instructors in power yoga classes include elements of ashtanga yoga and bikram yoga. Instructors can be certified in power yoga, but there is no set series of “power yoga” poses, so no two power yoga classes are exactly the same.
But a key principle in any power yoga practice is building strength. For example, if you don't have strength in your shoulders, for example, you work on the to the advanced inversion poses.
Bikram yoga, also known as “hot yoga” is another of the more physically demanding types of yoga. A Bikram practice involves only 26 poses, but you hold them for a long period of time. And here's the real challenge—a standard Bikram class lasts for 90 minutes and it is usually conducted in a room heated to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are going to a Bikram class, bring a towel and be prepared to sweat.
The eagle pose is one of the more challenging postures included in the Bikram sequence and it is often part of other advanced yoga and power yoga classes or power yoga DVDs. The eagle (garudasana) promotes strength and flexibility in the ankles and calves, and it stretches the thighs, hips, and upper back.