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Ever tried yoga in the water? How about on the water? On a wall? Or in the air? These are just some of the innovative places that people are practicing of yoga for a fun and physically challenging experience. Today we are going to look at 5 contemporary styles of yoga in places you may have never looked for a class.
Aqua Yoga- In the water
Modeled after traditional aqua fitness with a yoga flare. Standing postures are practiced in the pool where the effects of gravity are lessened by being in water. This is a way to gently strengthen and tone the body as practicing in water helps to support weaker joints and works to improve balance and coordination. This is the perfect style of class for individuals who enjoy Aqua aerobics and those looking for a unique and gentle practice.
Paddle board Yoga- On the water
Yoga on top of a paddle board can offer a challenge to your balance as every posture becomes a balance pose. In this class you will soak up some sun while toning the core, sweating out toxins and taking the occasional dip (or slip) into the water. This fun style of yoga can be found on the ocean, bay, lake or swimming pool and has been an exciting addition to summer yoga festivals and vacation hot spots.
AcroYoga – Supported by a partner
This style of yoga is practiced with another person for support and relies on aspects of yoga, acrobatics, massage and dance, depending on the type of AcroYoga. The base, usually lying on the ground, supports the flyer with their hands and feet and provides stability. The flyer is able to move through a series of acrobatic yoga postures that require balance and strength. http://www.acroyoga.org/ (California style) http://www.acroyoga.com/ (Montreal style)
Wall Yoga- Suspend your practice
Wall Yoga is practiced suspended from a specially designed Yoga Wall with a network adjustable straps and harnesses that allow you to cultivate strength as you defy gravity. Many of the postures are traction-based and help to loosen muscles, lengthen joints and can relieve nerve pain. It is also a great way to achieve accurate body alignment and stability and reduces strain joints due to compression.
Slackline Yoga- Extreme Balance
Practiced on a long strap that is tensioned between two trees or bases, Slackline Yoga develops focus, balance, core strength and flexibility. For some people, just balancing on the line can prove to be an intense and challenging experience, but a seasoned slackline yogi can practice various standing, sitting, balance and even inverted postures. The longer the line, the more difficult it is to balance on. http://www.yogaslackers.com/
We hope you have enjoyed learning about these fun new ways to practice yoga! If you have tried any of these styles and wish to leave a comment or share about your experience, please do so below.
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Ashley Freeman is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Certified in Raja Yoga, her experience includes private in-home lessons, workplace wellness programs, and group instruction teaching various class formats and yoga styles. Find her on Google+