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Try One of These Five Ways to Get Your OM On

Whether you are a self-confessed all-star yogi master, or perhaps prefer to talk the talk, but don’t always walk the walk, we can all come together in the knowledge that practicing the art of yoga and meditation can do wonders. It elongates and strengthens our bodies, but just as equally revitalizes our minds, leaving us with an emotional and physical clarity too terrific to ignore. Here are five fresh and hip ways to explore yoga’s ever-expanding disciplines.

Whether you are a self-confessed all-star yogi master, or perhaps prefer to talk the talk, but don’t always walk the walk, we can all come together in the knowledge that practicing the art of yoga and meditation can do wonders. It elongates and strengthens our bodies, but just as equally revitalizes our minds, leaving us with an emotional and physical clarity too terrific to ignore. Here are five fresh and hip ways to explore yoga’s ever-expanding disciplines.

Aerial

What do you get when you place yoga with (sort of) flying, whilst throwing in a dose of Gwyneth Paltrow? Yes, you read correctly: it’s aerial yoga, sometimes known as anti-gravity yoga, and it is all the rage amongst the ever-growing yogi community. Though originally designed to assist gymnasts and acrobats in exploring their strength in the air, it has been newly modified to adjust to the everyday yoga-goer. Designed to encourage tranquility within the mind, this liberating combination of anti-gravity hammocks and silks is the new innovative way of allowing your blood to flow, your body to hyper-stretch and your head to clear, all whilst adopting the enjoyable freedom of movement lying at the very heart of this discipline.

Founder Christopher Harrison, promotes the idea that once the class is in full swing, the only importance should be the “awareness of mind, body and spirit” within yourself, which will in turn allow you to embrace the positive effects of this elevated yoga experience.

Mum & Me

Adopting an all-around healthy lifestyle has clashed with our overloaded routines—espeically for new Mums (and Dads). Consider a new approach to playtime: Mummy & Me Yoga. Through growing increasingly popular over recent years, this style of Om-worthy exercise has assisted post-natal mothers in decreasing anxiety, centering themselves, and getting in some vital “me time,” all while allowing their newborns to experience some youthful yoga of their own. With positive effects all around and potential party-pieces including the “cat and cow” or “the boat,” let’s just say that your baby’s yoga poses will be the envy of mums everywhere.

Aqua Yoga

As the name implies, this class is set in the pool, offering the classic yoga poses, purposeful stretching, deep breathing and relaxation, but with buoyancy and water resistance to accompany an inspired individual of any age, swimming competence or fitness. This fabulous fusion provides a gentle, low-impact form of yoga with an abundance of wonderful benefits, including improved balance and strength. And as you are fully supported from the water, your muscles are pleasantly encouraged to fully relax, with any tightness in your joints perfectly alleviated, essentially allowing gravity to push your muscles to their optimal stretch. If you’re hoping to avoid the sticky yoga mat this summer, doggy paddle your way to aqua yoga.

Kirtan

This is for all those who are in need of discovering some inner balance to compensate for their ever-hectic schedules. Kirtan isn’t directly yoga: fundamentally speaking, it’s the chanting aspect frequently used in various styles of yoga practice, proving an exceptional method of searching for inner peace. Kirtan aims to break technology’s persistent hold on us, inviting us to be more unplugged and more introspective. Kirtan uses instruments of Indian origin including the drum and harmonium to accompany the repeated chant. With research proving this practice can in fact reduce blood pressure, subsequently having a positive effect towards stress, it’s worth chanting your way to the next class.

BoxingYoga™

Now if you’re seeking to channel your inner Amir Khan but aren’t prepared to abandon your weekly Ashtanga Vinyasa, then give BoxingYoga a try. BoxingYoga was born with a vision to create the perfect collaboration between two legendary disciplines, founded and fine-tuned by two industry experts: Total Boxer founder Matt Garcia and contemporary dancer Kajza Ekberg. This fabulous fusion was created to explore a boxer’s strengths and weaknesses alongside those of a yogi, ultimately resulting in common ground for a new, contemporary style. Everyone from rock stars to nurses are trying to tackle innovative sequences like the newly infamous “Boxing Goddess.” Give it a try and reap the benefits of what BoxingYoga has to offer.

So, with words inevitably not doing these classes true justice, we fully encourage you and a friend (or baby) to head over to one of your local classes and bring some variety to your yoga practice. Here’s to less OMG and more OM in our lives. Namaste.