Yoga is continuing to evolve with a new style popping up each week. We love that we’re involved in the new active movement with the Salti Float allowing you to get into yoga and fitness in a new way.
So, which ones would you try?
Float yoga has evolved from SUP yoga, allowing yoga classes to be held on an inflatable floating platform, such as the Salti Float, but this time in swimming pools or calm waters. The Float allows people living in cooler climates, or those who don’t have the gorgeous ocean or lakes to paddle in, to be able to run Float classes at their local pool.
Not only suited for cooler climates, the Salti Float is great for those who live inland and don’t have any water except pools! And also a fab activity for resorts! The Float has all the same benefits as SUP (see below), although the Floats are already tethered neatly between swimming pool lanes, or with an anchor before you start the session so no paddling required. And you’ll find your core immediately as you step onto your Float. Buy your Salti Floats here.
Stand up paddle (SUP) yoga
As the name suggests, a yoga session takes place on a SUP while floating in calm water, whether that be a lake or ocean. Most classes you get to paddle out to your anchor point where the class takes place (without an anchor point, you float away!) and you move through your postures while balancing on a SUP. A great way to activate your core, identify any parts of your body that are compensating for the other and a way to cool off the ego if you fall in…
So laughing yoga is exactly that. Laughing. Except it’s a forced laughter which is believed to have the same psychological benefits as natural laughter, and according to practitioners, it eventually turns into real, contagious laughter.
Laughing yoga is believed to have originated from India and is now widespread across the globe. The classes utilise yogic breath, gentle postures and forced laughter. Apparently you don’t need a sense of humour or to know any good (or bad) jokes to join in on the fun. So you can leave your dad jokes at home. We’re sold, after all, laughter is the best medicine…
Yoga with animals…
A traditional vinyasa or hatha practice held outdoors amongst goats, nope, we are not kidding! Goat yoga is another unusual trend which started in the US and has made it’s way to the Aussie shores and other countries.
We’ve seen some classes held using some huge goats, but mostly are held with small Nigerian goats (which are super cute!). The goats will interact and jump on your back, curl up on your mat in your lap. You name it. Quite the distraction from your yoga practice, but the giggles (laughing yoga, anyone?) and warm and fuzzy feel good vibes help with feeling a sense of calm and lowers the blood pressure.
Puppy yoga - Doga
Doga is perfect for the dog lover who likes to take their four-legged friend everywhere. There are variations of the classes where you can actually do the postures with your dogs (we guess that’s only doable for a small dog… can’t really imagine it with a Bull Mastiff or a Newfoundland!) or your doggo just hangs out on the mat with you. It’s a great way to bond with your fur-baby (anyone have a dog we can borrow…?)
Kitten yoga – Cats on mats
Yoga in a room filled with little kittens. This is usually held at an animal shelter which is a great initiative to help raise money for the animals in need. Also a great way to encourage adoption if a little kitty that’s taken a liking to you.
Beer yoga or vino vinyasa
Beer lovers are uniting across the globe with this new trend. Again with variations, some instructors practice yoga and then enjoy a brew after the session. Other instructors have structured the entire session moving from one pose to another with a beer in hand or balancing on your head, while mindfully enjoying each drop of beer. Mmm delish.
Vino vinyasa is much the same. Yoga with wine, either during or after.
The trick for both is to ensure that you are only drinking mindfully, it’s not about getting wasted. At the end of the day, it’s still about staying connected to the present moment even if that means holding a bevvie! No doubt you stay present, if you stop paying attention you lose your drink! No one wants to drop a full beer or glass of wine…
So this isn’t actually a new trend, it has existed since the 1960’s however it has only recently gained popularity thanks to social media.
There are nude yoga classes being held around the globe, however, if you aren’t comfortable stepping into a studio environment, you can DIY in the privacy of your own home. The benefit to nude yoga is about getting comfortable and confident in your own skin.
With the legalisation of cannabis in several parts of the world, there has been a trend in this style of yoga, particularly in California. The classes encourages smokers to get high either before or during. Some people believe yoga and cannabis gives a calm effect on a person when combined.
Emoji Yoga - Emoga
You know those little faces that you send to your mates multiple times a day? Well they are not just reserved for your smartphone now!
A yoga instructor from the UK created emoji yoga by having her students practice the different facial expressions as found in your smart phone, we’re talking everything from the cat, the angry, laughing, crying faces, the face palm, dancing emojis and the poo emoji.
Emoji yoga is all about practicing different facial expressions and allowing the students to express their current moods.
Image by Sam Mitchell
House of Voga
A former fashion and film-set designer wanted to bring a cardio workout to her yoga practice and after watching a voguing battle at a Soho nightclub, House of Voga was born. The classes, which started in London, are about feeling empowered, strong, aligned, and having fun. Classes can now be found in different locations across Europe… yet to make their way to Aus.
Do you know of any interesting new yoga trends that we haven’t mentioned above? Let us know!
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