Little Known Ways to Spice Up Your Yoga Practice

Have you lacked yoga motivation lately? Perhaps your favorite instructor switched studios, or your schedule has changed and you can’t make your favorite class anymore. Or maybe you’ve reached a plateau in your practice and your regular class feels stale all of a sudden. If you’re going through a period where getting yourself to the studio is more difficult, maybe a change of pace or a new outfit are what you need. Before you pack up all of your gear and head off to buy those cute new leggings you saw, you might consider that yoga itself is not the problem, but the type of yoga you’ve been focusing on is simply getting too repetitive. Maybe all you need is a change in your scenery.

The dramatic increase in popularity of yoga in recent years resulted in exciting new innovations of yoga practice, some less traditional than others. Provided you’re not a strict purist, trying a class from one of the following interpretations might be just the thing to jump start your dedication to the discipline.

Arial Yoga, also known as anti-gravity yoga, uses a soft fabric hammock to perform traditional asana, both on the ground and while suspended in the air. Arial yoga is recommended for all skill levels and uses gravity to reach further into poses than many yogis are capable of in traditional practice. People familiar with Arial yoga rave about it—claiming it is fun, exciting, and that the class time flies by (sorry).

Water Yoga takes a typical yoga session off the mat and places it in the water. The result is low-impact, gentle on the joints, and recommended for the elderly, pregnant women, and people with injuries.

Hip Hop Yoga is yoga set to hip hop instead of silence or new age music. Perhaps listening to Notorious B.I.G. sounds counterintuitive to many who practice yoga, but Hip Hop yoga has a considerable following among the young, hip, and famous crowd. Studios for Hip Hop Yoga generally forgo the typical full-length mirror wall for a wall stickers that read 99 PROBLEMS BUT A BRIDGE AIN’T ONE or A TRIBE CALLED SWEAT.

Doga, or Dog Yoga, allows the dog people among us to practice yoga along with their dogs. Not only are there instructional booklets for how to practice yoga with your dog at home, several studios have popped up around the country specifically for the purpose of allowing people to bring their dogs in to special yoga classes.

Naked yoga isn’t good naked, nor is it necessarily good yoga; and yet here we are. Evidently, there are a considerable number of people out there who aren’t afraid of bending over naked in front of a studio full of people. Maybe it’s more comfortable for them that way. Maybe they are afraid of pants. In any case, good for them! Naked yoga: it’s not for everyone, and that’s perfectly okay.

Have you tried an unusual form of yoga? What was your experience like?

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