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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.
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.
Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.
With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."
There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.
Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:
When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?)
TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra.
Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.
Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.
If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.
Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.
There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.
We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.
If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.
These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.