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Hot new yoga trends

health and fitness Updated: Apr 06, 2012 03:41 IST
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This form of exercise has got more exciting to perform. Here are some hot trends:

While once considered a new-age pastime for hippies, yoga is almost as mainstream as treadmills, with just about everyone from stockbrokers to celebrities unrolling their mats in the quest for inner peace and flexible hamstrings. And while you may be familiar with styles such as Ashtanga, Hatha and Iyengar, to name a few, urban yogis around the globe are hankering for something fresh and different. Here are some of the hottest (and even wackiest) trends springing up in studios and gyms around the globe.

Yoga Anti-gravity yoga

Also called Suspension yoga, it’s the latest yoga fad to take hold in the fitness world. Using a specially designed harness, one can get the low-impact benefits of inversion therapy combined with yoga’s emphasis on strength and flexibility, while performing Cirque du Soleil-inspired poses.

Yoga with your dog

Fondly referred to as “doga” by its fans, yoga for pups comprises a combination of meditation, massage, and poses, both independent (with dogs and humans posing separately) and partnered (in which owners use their pets as props).

Yogic paddleboarding

This trend of striking a yoga pose on a paddleboard in open water, is a hit in the US. Paddleboarding yogis claim that it works the body’s core in a different way, all while challenging your sense of balance.

Yoga meets spinning

Yoga Spinning was launched in New York by Spinning teacher and yogi Noll Danial. While each class varies, students begin on the bikes, cycling about 30 to 40 minutes, then they dismount for asanas using the bike’s handlebars for modifications.

Bare-it-all yoga

Bikram yoga, or hot yoga, has caught on like wildfire among students who love working up a hardcore sweat. But the truly free-and-easy like to shed their inhibitions — and their clothes — before twisting and bending in a room heated to temperatures of one-hundred-plus degrees Fahrenheit. The naked-yoga movement, founded by Aaron Star, who created a DVD series entitled Hot Nude Yoga, is steadily gaining popularity all over the world.


Making yoga fun

Outdoor yoga: Sitting under a tree, or on green grass in a garden makes yoga a lot more soothing. In case you can’t practice yoga outdoor, you can put up a calming scenery or painting on one of your walls, and practice yoga in front of it.

Aroma and yoga: Practice yoga poses against the backdrop of natural incense. Aroma therapy adds on to the benefits of yoga. It helps reduce pain and anxiety and enhance energy and relaxation.

Combining yoga and dance: A revolutionary form of yoga uses fluid movements of different yoga poses/asanas against the beats of world music. It helps release stress and relaxes your body.

Have a yoga party: You could invite your yoga loving friends to practice yoga together. It will give you a chance to catch up with your friends, and also avail the benefits of yoga.

Inputs by Prachi Agarwal, fitness trainer, Fitho