When a yogi modifies their practice for their own personal journey, they often do different variations or poses. Similarly, yoga itself has taken on many different variations that add a little bit of flair to the ancient art. If you’re looking for a unique way to flow, try one (or all) of these classes.
Trade your mat for a board and your studio for some fun in the sun. Standup paddleboard yoga strengthens your core and legs, tests your balance and keeps you cool. If you’ve spent all your time practicing on land, perhaps it’s time to make some waves and give this floating class a try.
Beer plus yoga? The ultimate hoppy hour. As much as I would love to say that I made this class up, it is a real thing—and it’s awesome. Breweries are partnering with local yoga studios for classes that bring your intention (and your beer) to heart center and encourage you to sip while you salute the sun and earn your savasana. It’s a fun twist, but probably not recommended for days when you’re trying to twist out the toxins.
If you do have a lot of toxins you need to let out, there’s no better way than in a heated yoga class. Performed in a heated room, hot yoga detoxifies your body through sweating (and a LOT of it). Studios are usually around 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on how full the class is and the studio policy. While it may seem intimidating, it’s a great way to build strength and increase flexibility. Check out these tips before your first class.
Take your downward dog to the next level, literally. Instead of feeling bad for leaving your furry best friend behind while taking a class, try some doga. It’s normal yoga class that incorporates practicing with (you guessed it) your dog. Because even pets need peace of mind sometimes, too.
If you happen to have a goat, you can be a part of an up-and coming-trend known as goat yoga. It’s more or less the same as dog yoga, but with more of a zen farm vibe instead. If you aren’t able to BYO-goat for your home practice, some places actually offer it as a class.
Although not a totally-out-there class, yoga sculpt is a definite must-try if you’re looking to add a little bit of toning to your practice. It follows a Vinyasa-type flow, but incorporates light weights and a few sculpting series to build muscle.
Some yoga studios dim the lights, while some opt for a full yoga rave with blacklights. Glow yoga is a party of a class that combines upbeat music with a glow-in-the-dark element. You can even use glow paint to decorate your body like your true warrior self. You’ve always had the inner soul-glow—now’s your time to let it show on the surface.
Tired of being on the ground? Give aerial yoga a try. The class uses a hammock to deepen your practice and help you feel light and airy. This type of yoga has tons of benefits, too, from better alignment to improved circulation and inversions.
No matter what type of yoga you do, remember that it’s all about the journey. Rather than continuing with the same practice every time, try opening yourself up to something different. Dive heart first into something new, even if it scares you—you might just be surprised at what you’re capable of.