10 New Trends of Yoga to Try in 2015

1. Tantra

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Tantra is the exotic art of prolonging your passion play to reach new levels of lusty satisfaction. “The idea is to build arousal very slowly so you both stay just below the boiling point for as long as possible,” explains Nitya Lacroix, author of The Art of Tantric Sex.

Tantra has been one of the most neglected branches of Indian spiritual studies despite the considerable number of texts devoted to this practice, which dates back to the 5th-9th century AD. Many people still consider tantra to be full of obscenities and unfit for people of good taste. It is also often accused of being a kind of black magic. However, in reality, tantra is one of the most important Indian traditions, representing the practical aspect of the Vedic tradition.

2. AcroYoga

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Acro-yoga is a physical practice which combines yoga and acrobatics. There are two schools of Acroyoga. Acroyoga Montreal, led by Jessie Goldberg and Eugene Poku, has used the term since 1999 brings together acrobatics, yoga and dance/performance. Acroyoga Inc., which began in California with Jason Nemer and Jenny Klein and was labelled as acroyoga in 2006. The latter practices brings together acrobatics, yoga and Thai massage. Both schools offer teaching certifications, and despite some differences have many similar poses.

AcroYoga may provide physical and mental health benefits. In addition to the exercise and strength building aspects of AcroYoga the partner balancing can improve concentration and the massage elements can provide stress relief. However Acroyoga is more vigorous than many traditional yoga practices and this may lead to more injuries.

3. Live Music Yoga

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Whether it’s a live DJ like MC Yogi spinning Beastie Boys tracks, or traditional Sanskrit mantras harmonized with the Rabab and harmonium, live music can help deepen your practice. Many studios now incorporate live music, DJs and, of course, Kirtan into their regular schedule rotation, offering a more spiritually uplifting experience for students.

4. Hot Barre Yoga

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What do you get when you mash up hot yoga with ballet stretches, Pilates moves, weights, and interval training? Sweaty. If you’re looking for a super-soaked workout, you’ve got to try Hot Barre, the newest fitness-class trend.

A hot topic last year, barre classes were a were a hit with those tired of yoga — now, Hot Barre Yoga classes are offered at many studios across the country. It’s a combination of hot yoga with ballet, Pilates, and weight and interval training — with room temperatures averaging around 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. Yoga Pole Dancing

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Did you know that pole and yoga go together? At first glance, this might not seem intuitive, combining a 5000-year old mind-body-spiritual practice and a sport that originated from the “Hoochie Coochie” dancers in the 1920s. And yet, it makes sense.

First of all, both activities incorporate breathing, strength, and flexibility. A regular yoga practice has helped yogis develop the strength, enabling them to perform those challenging moves, such as leg holds or inversions.  It also continues to increase the flexibility. And it’s amazing what proper breathing techniques can do!  So, yoga is a great complementary activity to pole fitness and dance.

6. Kids Yoga

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Children today are under a lot of stress. Homework, pressure to compete with other children, endless after-school activities, over-scheduling – it all adds up. Kids today are turning to Yoga to help them relax. Yoga is a way of life. It is allows a state of calmness in your mind and your body.

Yoga develops many wonderful qualities in children. Beside the obvious benefits of exercising the physical body and internal organs, it also helps in circulation of blood, removal of toxins , balancing your hormones and making you healthy for your future life.

7. Corporate/Office Yoga

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Corporate Yoga is being embraced by many progressive businesses and is a great benefit. It offer a range of practices from slow and meditative to energizing and active. Yoga provides the benefits of relaxation/stress management training and fitness. Together, this one-two punch may have a powerful impact on both overall culture, performance and costs.

Many large corporations use wellness programs like yoga and meditation in the workplace, and studies are showing that they really work! We’re all aware of the dangers of our sedentary lifestyle. Whether your company offers a wellness program or not, there are still plenty of exercises you can do right at your desk, for better posture and sustaining energy. Taking a break from the grind will help you return to your work with less stress and more productivity.

8. Restorative Yoga

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In restorative yoga, props are used for support the body so that you can hold poses for longer, allowing you to open your body through passive stretching. The postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining. For instance, a seated forward bend can be done with a bolster or several folded blankets on top of the legs so that your forward bend is fully supported with the entire torso resting on your props. Legs up the wall is a classic restorative, with the wall used as a prop to support the legs. Other adaptations of goddess pose and bridge pose can be seen in the Restorative Poses Photo Gallery.

9. Underwater Yoga Diving

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The focus of Yoga diving is to bring about inner transformations through meditative experiences of the body/mind both on land and under the sea. It combines Yoga asanas and breathing with diving techniques. This approach brings us to incredible close encounters with nature and helps us feel stillness, relaxation and altered states of consciousness.

Combining Yoga and diving allows yogis to experience another body-consciousness through the weightlessness achieved through diving.

10. Meditation Apps

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Technology might be the source of many of our distractions, but meditation apps like Headspace make it easy to cultivate a daily meditation practice. There’s a revolution happening in terms of ways to live more mindfully, and it’s no secret that adaily meditation practice is highly beneficial to our overall health and mental well-being.

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