There’s no denying our love of yoga. Spice up your routine by trying some alternative asanas with these niche and very different takes on our favourite past time…
1 Laughter yoga
Put a smile on your face as you indulge in laughter yoga. Hasyayoga is based on the belief that forced laughter has the same effects on your well-being as involuntary. So get together, unroll your yoga mat and crack jokes with likeminded happiness seekers.
2 Gin yoga
Embrace all the goodness that juniper berries have to offer by enjoying a tipple at gin yoga (yes, gin, you read that right!). Gin meets yin at this workshop, where after you’ve blissfully stretched, you can enjoy a soothing tipple and a natter with your fellow yogis.
3 Heavy metal yoga
For those of us in life who enjoy their music louder than life, heavy metal yoga is the class for you. It might seem like an oxymoron to find zen in loud music, but if you’re a heavy metal lover, you’ll know there’s nothing more relaxing than peacefully rocking out to your favourite bands.
4 Bunny yoga
Hop down to a bunny yoga session, where the class with be overrun with, yes, you guessed it, bunnies! Julia Zu, owner of Sunberry Studios in Canada where the rabbit-centric classes took place, said: “They like to choose their human. You’ll have two or three girls in the room and the bunnies really like their mats. One girl in the room had five bunnies on her mat. She couldn’t even do her poses.”
5 Hot yoga
Sweat out all of the negativity and bad vibes in a hot yoga class. In a room where the temperature is cranked up to 37°C, you can feel your worries drip away. An owner of a hot yoga studio, Joanna Thurlow of Moksha Yoga Halifax says: “The heat also allows you to go a little more deeply and safely into the postures, so you know you’re really warming up the muscles and you can really approach the postures from a safe place.”
6 Goat yoga
Forget downward facing dog, it’s all about downward facing goat now! An Oregon-based farm has been running these classes, which at one point had a 900-person waiting list! Lainey Morse, owner of No Regrets Farm in Albany said: “My goats are very social and friendly animals and love to interact with people. Animals are known to have so many health benefits for humans as well so the mix of goats and yoga seemed to fit.”
7 Antigravity yoga
This yoga type, originating from New York, can help you defy the laws of gravity as you reach new heights both physically and mentally. Contort into your asanas with a hammock suspended from the ceiling with this yoga that is sure to push the boundaries.
Legwarmers at the ready as we throwback to the 80s and vogue to Madonna as breathe, relax and unwind.
9 Baby yoga
Get ready to ‘aww’ in this yoga class, where you can recover after giving birth as well as connect with your child during a set of poses. Incorporated into these sessions includes lots of cuddles, music and movement.
Wow, there really is a yoga for everyone and everything!