Posted On Jun 28, 2016
Getting into the flow of a yoga practice is a wonderful thing. Especially when you look forward to zenning out after a day in a busy, loud, noisy, fast-paced society. But sometimes, it’s nice to branch out and try different forms of yoga. Nowadays, people are getting real creative by adding glow sticks, Chihuahuas, and paddleboards for a new twist on the ancient practice. Check out some of the flashy new ways to mix up your yoga practice:
This trendy glow-in-the-dark yoga class is practiced under neon and black lights, and it’s blowing up across the globe. Studios are even renting out DJ’s and having “yoga raves” which entail a large amount of people practicing glowga. The benefits to glowga include: adding a new twist to finding balance, allows external stimuli to enhance your internal experience, and it’s a different and unique rhythm to flow to.
Source: Flow In The Dark: Try Glowga, from Yoga Journal
You’ve probably seen the videos of humans and their dogs doing yoga poses together and melting the internet’s heart. Well, yoga with your dog, or “doga,” is now a thing. Apparently, both you and your pooch benefit from practicing these mindful moves together. It’s most commonly practiced in the comfort of your home where you can join an online doga class, or you can call local studios to see if they offer any pet-friendly practices.
Source: The Art of Doga, from The Animal Planet
Sound Off Yoga
One of the most challenging parts to yoga isn’t the moves but the quieting of the mind. If car alarms, buzzing cell phones, or the mere sound of the people next to you breathing throws off your Zen, sound off yoga is for you. Everyone in class wears a pair of wireless headphones, through which your yoga teacher’s cues, as well as music, play at whatever volume you like. This “silent yoga” trend is gaining popularity across yoga studios far and wide.
To look for a silent yoga class near you, visit soundoffexperience.com.
Paddle Board Yoga
Think just paddle boarding alone is hard? Try doing a handstand on it! If you are acing your yoga moves in the studio and want to challenge yourself a little more, SUP (stand up paddle board) yoga is a great way to do just that. From beach towns across the west coast to sunny South Florida, everyone is jumping on the latest wave in yoga. The ripples of the water create extra resistance and balance poses are especially daring and fun. It’s also nice to take a dip into the water afterward for a cool off.
Source: SUP Yoga: Standup Paddle Pics to Get You Psyched for Summer, from Yoga Journal
On top of a mountain, at the foot of a dock, nearing the crash of a beach wave, under the broad canopies of trees in the forest are just a few places yogis are gathering for a break from the usual studio. There are many benefits to exercising in nature, but yoga especially is a great way to be still, meltdown and connect with nature.