15 Types of Yoga You Didn’t Know Existed
Yoga is extremely popular and we bet you at least know one person that practices yoga! It’s growing popularity is rightfully deserved because its an excellent form of exercise and provides positive mental health benefits. You always come out of a class feeling refreshed both physically and mentally! Speaking of yoga there is no better way to spend the Summer Solstice, on June 21st, than a class to kill some time on the longest day of the year!
Basic yoga practices and principals are similar throughout different forms, but there a few types that we bet you’ve never have heard about before. Grab your Lululemon’s and yoga mats, because we are counting down our top 15 eclectic types of yoga you can enjoy this holiday if you’re trying to spice up your yoga practice.
1. Goat Yoga
Goat yoga is exactly what you think, regular yoga but with cute little Billies! It combines the mental health properties of animal-assisted therapy with the mental health properties of yoga to create an overload of cuteness and good vibes. But watch out if you’re planning on attending a goat yoga session goats will be goats and try to climb on you in the middle of a plank or lay down on your mat while you’re in downward dog.
Check out the Original Goat Yoga for more info.
2. Hot Yoga
Yoga already takes a lot of strength, but try doing it in a hot room covered in sweat. Your feet might slip off the mat from all the sweat if you’re not holding it tight. Plus hot yoga has detoxifying properties since you are sweating so much!
Check out the Huffington Posts full list of benefits and risks of hot yoga.
Doga (n): [doh-guh] the practice of yoga but with your dog, the combination of dog and yoga.
You’re not the only one that benefits from doga, your four-legged friend also benefits by getting some quality time with you and you two both get a bit of exercise. Doga isn’t technically backed by a bunch of research and science, but we have seen significant increases in happiness between pet and owners when they participate in Doga.
Check out Gaiam’s full list of benefits Doga gives for your pup.
4. Beer Yoga
Yoga instructors always tell you to drink lots of water to stay hydrated after a class, but beer yoga allows you to hydrate during class. You get the bliss of beer and yoga at the same time, what could be more zen?!
Check out Chance the Rapper and Kevin Hart hilariously take a beer yoga class.
5. Nude Yoga
We don’t want to scare you with an image of the class, but yes this is an actual thing. You can align your chakras while in the nude. If you are interested or extremely comfortable with your body there are both gender-specific classes and co-ed.
6. Festival Yoga
Music festivals like Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle offer free yoga classes on the grounds for attendees. Festival-goers can attend scheduled classes or if they want to do a self-guided session, it’s still technically festival yoga because you’re doing yoga at a festival.
Check out Lightning in a Bottle’s yoga experience to see if you’ll make the trek to the San Antonio Recreation Area in California for next years yoga and movement sessions.
7. Ganja Yoga
Cannabis and yoga are not a new combination. The two have been practiced together for awhile but a sudden resurrection in San Francisco has made it trendy once again. It enhances and deepens the level of meditation.
8. Yoga Rave
Yoga rave seems to be an oxymoron in itself. How can high-intensity BPM music in combination with relaxation and meditation work? There are different yoga raves like Yoga Rave USA which shows youth how to have fun without drugs and alcohol or yoga classes held in the dark with glow sticks to electronic dance music. Or there are glow yoga classes where there are fluorescent lights and you do yoga to EDM.
Check out this video by UPLIFT to see what rave yoga class looks like.
9. Horse Yoga
This one isn’t what it sounds like, you’re not making horses do yoga. More so people do yoga on horseback. Take a look…
10. Harry Potter Yoga
Themed yoga is a thing and we’re here for it. We’ve seen Beyoncé yoga, Drake yoga, and by far our favorite Harry Potter yoga. Participants were given wands and the instructor called out poses inspired by Harry Potter characters, spells, and themes.
11. Laughter Yoga
Have you ever laughed so hard that your stomach started to hurt? You’re contracting the muscles in your abdomen, which makes doing yoga and laughing a good combo. It’s another way for you to strengthen your core while doing yoga.
Plus everyone always said laughter is the best medicine. Well if you practice yoga to improve your quality of life mentally then laughter yoga might be for you. It has been scientifically proven that laughter yoga increases positive attitude and energy.
Check out Laughter Yoga International to learn more.
12. SUP Yoga
SUP yoga or stand up paddleboard you are like horse yoga, but it’s technically yoga on a paddleboard in the middle of a body of water. Plus its five times harder than horse yoga and ten times harder than normal yoga because you have to balance at all times or you could fall over and smack the side of your board. It takes some serious muscle strength to do a headstand on a wobbling board.
13. Hip Hop Yoga
We’ve heard of Hip Hop exercise dance classes, but Hip Hop and yoga is a pair you don’t hear too often. Hip Hop Yoga started in Los Angeles and is a way to bring a bit of life and fun into a yoga class. Yoga Studios like City Winery and Yoga 213 use a vinyasa sequence accompanied by loud and upbeat music to bring together wellness with fun.
14. Karaoke Yoga
If you know anyone who says yoga is dull and boring, show them this video of a karaoke yoga class. It’s definitely different, but singing is a workout by itself. So combining it with yoga you’re strengthening your muscles and your lungs! Karaoke yoga was started in Los Angeles by instructor Jennifer Pastiloff and classes come complete with a DJ spinning the tune and a tv screen so you can follow along with the lyrics.
15. Baby Yoga
If you always are needing a babysitter for every time you go to yoga, baby yoga might just be your thing. It isn’t contouring your toddler into tree poses for Instagram, but it’s a way for moms to regain abdominal strength and relieve strains from constant nursing. Plus it’s a fun workout and a way for parents to bond with their babies!
Leave comments below about how many of these different types of yoga practices you’ve heard of or tried.