New-Fangled Yoga Trends
Can traditional yoga be boring? With the ever mushrooming newer yoga trends, one should be forgiven for thinking so.
While seasoned practitioners look upon yoga practice through the lens of tradition and holistic body-mind convergence, there is much more brewing in the yoga training field. Blame it on the proliferation of studios and trainers looking for that unique angle to push their yoga teacher training programs.
Some of these newer yoga trends are truly innovative, while others might leave you shaking your head at the seeming insanity that seems to be spreading. It is inevitable that a lot is trending in the yoga realm and 2018 is going to be host to some really happening yoga trends.
While we are all familiar with the Doga – yoga practice with your pet dog, the new trend is yoga in the company of goats(!). Evidently doing yoga with goats leads to increased production of feel-good hormones taking you to a comforting zone. The proponents also state that goat yoga is a suitable way to cut down loneliness as well as lower depressive sentiments. In this case, it seems only experience can be the best judge.
Yoga on the water
This has been a trend that has been around for a while under various names like floating yoga, SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) yoga etc. It essentially requires one to execute yoga positions on a floating surfboard – requiring you to maintain your calm and balance. Somewhat challenging, it might well be the one for you if you don’t mind getting a little wet now and then. This yoga trend is growing by leaps and bounds – especially in coastal destinations like Bali and Spain.
Yoga combined with light therapy also makes use of sound and scent to enhance the yoga experience. The primary benefit seems to be for those who suffer from sleeplessness. Chroma yoga combines colored lighting with a suitable scents and an aural environment to improve everything from digestion to one’s energy levels. Originally conceived in the UK, this is one trend that seems to have the legs to cross over to other continents.
Beer and wine yoga
A trend that originated in Germany, the land of beer, Pub yoga or beer yoga speaks for itself. The underlying concept of swigging beer while practicing yoga at the pub is said to promote relaxation and make one comfortable. Seems definitely worth a pint.
Yoga at the vineyard on the other hand, combines a wine tasting tour with a short duration training program. Popular over the weekends, you practice yoga during the day and wind down with a glass of wine at the end of the day. Again, seems enticing.
Rather than pair up with a fellow practitioner at the studio, this one requires you to participate in yoga practice with your partner. By co-training with or assisting each other, you get to enhance engagement, build trust, and rejuvenate your relationship. You can even pair this up with a yoga teacher training program at some exotic holiday destination like Bali or Costa Rica. And once you’re comfortable with it you can even take it forward at your home, reducing the frequency of visits to the studio.
This seems one trend that looks sure to succeed, given how easy it is to take up and the many benefits it can bring.
Of these new-fangled yoga trends, which one are you likely to try out?