8 Yoga Experiences to Try This Year

By Lena Schmidt

woman doing yoga on the beach
Lena Schmidt

The best thing about yoga, besides that it seems to magically calm your nerves, is that you can do it anywhere. You don’t even really need a yoga mat or a teacher or that sweet, relaxing music. On a hike? You can do yoga! Waiting at the gate for your flight? You can do yoga! Having a lazy day in bed? You guessed it: you can do yoga.

As more yogis recognize that yoga is more than just the physical poses, more yogis are taking their yoga out of the studio. Many students and teachers are recognizing that “doing yoga” can also mean meditating, paying attention to how you interact with others, honoring truth and kindness above ego, and being mindfully aware of what food, media, opinions, and energy you choose to consume.

If you’re feeling adventurous, here are eight playful ideas for taking your yoga practice somewhere new.

1. Yoga on the Beach

womans feetYou know that amazing, refreshed feeling you get after a brisk walk on the sand? That ocean air? The lulling sound of the ocean waves? The Vitamin D rush from the sun? Well yoga on the beach offers that same invigorating experience. When you practice yoga outside, the senses are awakened and present moment awareness is enhanced.

Grab a towel that you’re willing to get sandy or find some hard-packed sand and ditch the towel. Soft sand can be a bit messy and tough on the wrists in some poses, but if you’re up for it, the beach provides one of the best outdoor practice spots around. Here are some ideas for getting your yoga toes in the sand:

  • Side bends and lunges to warm up for a surf session
  • Surya Namaskars as the sun goes down over the ocean
  • Practicing in a guided group with a fun-loving teacher
  • Partner posing with friends before a beach bonfire

2. Aerial Yoga

woman doing aerial yogaThis is the latest craze, and with good reason! Suspended from the ceiling or a strong contraption, “aerial silks” will support you as you pose. Think hammock time plus stretching. Ahhhh. Or if acrobatics are more your jam, try an advanced class where you’ll get to spin and invert and do your best impression of Cirque de Soleil. Aerial yoga can be fun and exhilarating and/or relaxing and rejuvenating, choose your own adventure. You may find these enticing classes at a traditional studio offering …read more

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