2020 saw novelty trends like Goat Yoga and Beer Yoga take centre stage, but now we’ve got those out of our system it’s time to look forward to 2021 to see what yoga trends we have in store. Whether these will be things we try just the once or are practises that become part of our weekly routine is yet to be seen but it’s still interesting to ponder the weird and wonderful options that are out there!
Read on to discover the latest yoga trends to see what exercise you’ll be doing in 2021…
Update: for latest trends visit: Yoga Trends 2022 – 2023 page.
Although aerial yoga and other circus skill classes have been around for a while, it is only recently that more and more people have been giving them a go. Instagram influencers like Sam Zare (@samaerialyoga) have been showing the world what amazing things can be done on a few pieces of silk and people are eager to get out there and try it for themselves.
Aerial yoga is a fantastic workout for your core as well as for your mind as you learn to trust yourself and the silks to hold you in position. It is also a good option for rehabilitation yoga as it allows you to gain strength and flexibility while not putting excess pressure on your joints.
Yoga was a practise invented by men, for men, but in the Western world it has been given a distinctly feminine slant which has led to some men feeling somewhat intimidated to give it a go. This is where Broga steps in. Broga is a new strain of yoga that focuses around strength training, muscle toning and cardiovascular work to encourage men to give yoga a try. So next time you and your mates are thinking about what to do, why not skip the beer and find a local Broga class to help improve your overall health and wellbeing.
SUP Yoga looks to be a yoga trend that won’t be going anywhere in 2020 as more and more people take to the water to enjoy the calming practise of stretching on a stand-up paddleboard. SUP Yoga is an excellent workout for the core as you use your muscles to give you strength and balance while on the board. While mastering the more advanced poses can be pretty tough, absolutely everyone can enjoy the serenity that comes with a floating savasana at the end of a SUP class.
Fusion fitness classes have been popular for years with everything from Yogalates (Yoga and Pilates) to Barre Concept (Ballet and Pilates) being available on the high street. However, Yoga HiiT is new to the scene and it is a great option for those who want a quick, high-tempo take on yoga. While some may feel that this hybrid takes away from the tradition of yoga, it may well be a good way for fitness fanatics to ease themselves into the practise. Yoga Hiit combines short, sharp bursts of activity with dynamic yogic stretching and balances to give you the best of both worlds.
If you’re into the energy and spirituality of yoga you might be interested in ChromaYoga, a practise which uses colour, light and music to create a multi-sensory experience. ChromaYoga, also known as Light Therapy Yoga, aims to address conditions such as insomnia and anxiety by harnessing the healing properties of light and colour, replacing the blue light that we are bombarded with on a daily basis with alternative colour spectrums. ChromaYoga uses the energy of different colours to change our mood, leaving you refreshed after a morning class, or calm and relaxed after an evening session.
Virtual Yoga Classes
While yoga classes have been available on YouTube for years, virtual wellness programmes have been on the rise and are likely to see a boom in the number of people using them in 2020. Virtual yoga classes take your fitness and wellbeing to another level by offering personalised classes and nutritional advice, available at a time and place that suits you. Some instructors will also offer virtual meditation and goal setting programmes to provide you will an all-encompassing regime at the touch of a button.
Experienced runners that are new to yoga often have a bit of a hard time when they start out as the muscles and actions used for running make some of the staple poses in yoga such as downward dog quite difficult. However, the new trend of ROGA that is set to explode in 2020 and 2021 plans to change that! ROGA brings together running and yoga in order to help you improve both of your practices through programmes designed to help build strength, stamina, flexibility and mindfulness.
Brave souls like those at YogaSlackers have been enjoying slackline yoga for over a decade, but as more and more people get into the practise of yoga, the more extreme versions are likely to see an increase in participation. Slackline yoga combines the benefits of aerial yoga with the adrenaline rush of adventure sports which makes it ideal for those seeking to up their game and challenge their bodies. It’s incredible to witness how much can be done on a couple of inches of taut fabric floating in the air!
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