While Yoga has gained immense popularity it has undergone some amazing modifications and new types of Yoga has emerged. These yoga styles are extremely unique while some are bordering on bizarre. These types are usually completely disregarded by the traditional yogis, who can them disgraceful. However, disgraceful or not, not only are these styles very popular but also enjoyable.
Here are some of the Unusual Yoga styles which are hard to believe:
This is one of the most favourite among the pet owners. As the name suggests it involves doing yoga with their dogs. This yoga consists of some very basic poses like stretching, massaging and breathing exercises. It is said that doing Yoga with their own pet dogs helps to alleviate the stress further and makes the person feel more at peace. There owners and their dogs also engage in some meditation during these yoga sessions.
This is a really quirky kind of an Yoga technique, and is fun nevertheless. Patrons of this yoga styles swear by its benefits. In this, a goat is unleashed and it hops around on your back, as you hold your yoga poses. The aim of the Yoga is two way- one the soft cuddles of the goat makes you feel happy and elated, and two, the hopping of the goat on your back releases some muscle tension which loosens up your body. It makes you more tension free and open in a physical way.
This yoga style is not for everyone at all. Only the ones who are extremely confident with their body can partake in this. This one goes back to the ancient times. In Sanskrit it is termed as nagna yoga or vivastra yoga. It basically involves doing the asanas completely nude. The idea is to do away with any bodily inhibitions, and accept all the imperfections that one’s body has. It is all about letting go of the judgemental voice in our head that constantly makes us critique ourselves.
Beer is said to be one of the major reasons that makes people gain weight. But now, through this Yoga style one can drink beer without having an fear. This style was created in Germany and has now gained traction in other parts of the world. In this style you have to witch between your yoga poses while holding a beer bottle. You can take a sip every time you have successfully held a pose long enough. Recently it was held in Bangalore, India.
This is one is definitely not for the novice. This style of Yoga takes it a notch further and into the realm of aerial acrobatics. A former gymnast and broadway choreographer came up with this, and it is filled with difficult to achieve yoga poses. It also involves calisthenics and Pilates.
Now this yoga style is what many have described as a match made in heaven. This technique was invented in Colorado, where a group of yogis decided to smoke up and practice yoga. The results according to its fans are mesmerising. It apparently gives a complete spiritual experience and heighten the effects of mediation.
One of the more challenging forms of Yoga, this style requires amazing strength, good balance and a lot of focus. Most people are even unable to walk on a slack line, let alone hold yoga poses on it. Slackasana classes are now popular around the world, and the poses are truly astonishing. One needs a lot of courage and core strength to learn this style successfully.
This one is truly a bizarre yoga style. The name itself is quirky. It is basically a merger of two words- Yoga and Vogueing. Vogueing was a stylised dance form in the 80s and 90s, which has now been inculcated in the form of Yoga. It is a pretty simple Yoga technique and anyone can join in. It started in London, and that is required to join a Voga class is a neon bodysuit, let warmers and a headband.
When at first one hears about this, they might feel that it is absolutely bonkers. But, if one really thinks about it then the logic behind it is pretty reasonable. Yoga is all about controlling and regulating your breathing. The harmonica is used to facilitate this part. It helps in draining attention to your breathing and helps you understand what exactly you are doing with it. You will be able to improve your breathing quickly through this technique, and it can also help in making you more mindful
Today’s lifestyle is full of stress and anxiety. In such scenario this Yoga is the perfect way to relieve some stress. The Yoga aims to unleash your inner child, and help you rant out all your emotions. It allows you to open your heart and let all your emotions flow so that you feel a burden off you.
In this style you need to lay on a mat and scream as much as you can. This helps your emotions to outpour and makes you calmer.
The best medicine for all ailments is to just laugh out loud. This Yoga style aims to do just that. It is really hard to feel anxious and miserable when you are laughing out loud. The classes for this Yoga start by simply forcing laugh. There are no jokes to facilitate this laughter, and honestly it isn’t needed either. The giggle soon become contagious and laughter beats more laughter.
The mental health benefits are immense, and the results that people feel after a session on their mental health is remarkable.
Imagine doing cat pose with an actual cat! Mind you, my cat joins my yoga whether she’s invited or not and I haven’t paid any extra fees. It’s a well-known fact, though, that being around cats is great for your health and can be a very calming experience.
Many of the cats involved at yoga are also looking for homes and might be up for adoption.
Also published on Medium.