You can’t miss it. Its all over the news and Facebook. Yoga is here and more recently the awesome and fun ways Yoga is being practiced.

1. Cat Yoga: The mewest exercise trend.

They meow, kiss your face, and attack your ponytail. Cats have a magical way of making you feel calm and relaxed. 

The yoga sessions are partly just for fun, but they also bring in new people who may want to adopt a pet. (The cats on hand tend to be highly available.) “Yoga is all about being in the moment,” and cats are in the moment “all the time,” said Amy Apgar, one of two yoga instructors at Meow Parlour, a cat shelter and cafe in Lower Manhattan that, like a growing number of places across the country, offers yoga classes with cats.

In San Luis Obispo, Woods Humane Society has recently started a cat Yoga class. Class meets Sundays from 10:15am-11:30am and is suitable for all levels. The fee is $20 per session. You can sign up on a week-by-week basis. Please bring your own mat and water bottle.

 

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2. Paddle Yoga (Stand Up Paddle Yoga)

Paddle Yoga in my opinion is the best of both worlds. You have Yoga, and the outdoors. This is the top most yoga trend loved by every yogi. This form of yoga is widely practiced by many countries and stands top as favourite yoga trend by many. Below are some of the benefits of this yoga trend.

  • Helps with your core strength. To balance on your SUP takes more core strength because of the unstable platform.

  • Improves your health by reducing stress, strengthening, toning and stretching your body.  

  • Breaks your fears. This form of activity helps in breaking through the fears of deep water.

3. Aerial Yoga

Aerial yoga helps you to move more freely, with less effort, by counteracting gravity. Suspension in the air releases tension on the bones and muscles, increasing flexibility and deepening your practice. Suspended yoga strengthens core muscles and increases spinal and shoulder flexibility

Here are some of the benefits of Aerial Yoga:

  • Total body workout: Due to the nature of aerial yoga movements, almost all the body parts are forced to move and stretch. Muscles are toned and redefined, and joints are regenerated and strengthened due to these movements.

  • Heals back problems: It gives you the chance to hang freely, allowing your spine to lengthen. With less strain on your back while doing the exercises, it eases tension in the spinal cord and hip joint, helping you feel better.

  • Increases strength: Aerial yoga improves strength and flexibility, which carries over into other daily activities. The core workout is a beneficial cross-training, as it helps runners increase stamina and be able recover faster.

  • Puts you in a great mood: Another key benefit of doing aerial yoga is that it gets your adrenaline going while going against gravity. It also releases “happy” hormones like serotonin, endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine, which boost your mood and help you feel more energetic.

4. Aqua Yoga

Aqua Yoga is a gentle and very low impact aquatic activity. Aqua Yoga takes the principles and movements of Yoga and adapts them to the water environment. With the release of gravity the body is able to find the optimum stretch. By using the rhythm of the breath an inner sense of relaxation can be achieved.

Here are some of the benefits of Aqua Yoga

  • Most of the weight-bearing issues are relieved when trying yoga in the water – as it serves as a natural prop for helping the body to balance and stay upright.

  • It is helpful for relieving joint and bone stress.

  • Super low impact, making it an ideal way for people with joint pain to improve their strength, flexibility, and range of motion.

5. Doga- Dog+Yoga

Both you and your pooch will benefit from practicing the mindfulness-based exercise together. With “doga,” you’ll improve your posture and sleep more soundly. Your pup will benefit from increased circulation and, of course, the time spent bonding with his favorite human.

Besides getting more engaged and spending time with your pet, the following are the benefits of doga

  • Doing yoga with dogs makes the practitioner feel more relaxed.

  • Taking your dogs to Yoga will improve your social life as more pet owners get together for this fitness routine.

While there are many different ways to practice Yoga, I would encourage you to try one of these today!