yoga or doga? the types of yoga you may not be so familiar with
posted: June 25, 2014
We know the basics, but have you heard of the more obscure styles of yoga? Like doga? Yep, it’s exactly what you think it is. Dog yoga. There are plenty of varying types of yoga out there, so we handpicked our favourites to let you know what’s what. Feeling adventurous? Try these on for size.
C’mon, vogue. This style of yoga let’s your body move to the music. Okay, enough of quoting Madonna lyrics. Voga is a hybrid of combining, you guessed it, voguing and yoga. Mind. Blown. If catchy 80′s saxophone solos, leg warmers, animal print leotards and downdogs all tickle your fancy, then Voga may be exactly what you’ve been looking for (and let’s be honest, what’s not to like about that combo?).
The concept of laughter yoga combines pranayamic breathing with producing forced laughter, which eventually turns into authentic laughter. The theory behind the practice is that the body can not differentiate between real and fake laughter, reaping the physiological and psychological benefits that giggling produces. The movement is simple – spread positive energy through laughter. Groups of chuckling enthusiasts meet all over the world to laugh together to reduce stress, raise their endorphin levels and most of all, have fun.
One of the more popular forms of yoga that has recently hit the fitness scene, aerial yoga is no fad. Hanging from silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling (also known as anti-gravity yoga) takes your practice off the mat and instead floating above ground. There’s something oddly comforting hanging upside down in the air. If getting inverted and the fear of falling out of a hammock don’t bother you, you will love this class.
One of the oldest forms of yoga, but relatively new to the Western world, Kundalini is known as ‘the yoga of awareness’. Kundalini means “coiled”, and the main focus of the practice is to release the energy at the base of the spine like uncoiling a snake. Through breath, holding long poses, dance, meditation and movement, Kundalini explores tapping into this energy at the base of the spine to draw up through the body into the 7 chakras. If a highly spiritual practice is your jam, Kundalini may be your way to full enlightenment.
If you want to take your balancing skills to a whole new level, slackline yoga may be right up your alley. Practicing your poses on a rope tied about a foot off the ground is slackline yoga in a nutshell. However there’s a bit more to it than that. The unpredictability of the slackline encourages total bodily awareness, and really highlights the importance of breath. Plus it looks pretty cool when you can do crow pose on a piece of rope above the ground.
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