Yoga is by no means a new and trending fitness regime, in fact, it is a concept that has been around for over 5000 years.
The practice of the physical poses of yoga (the asanas) stemmed from the yoga philosophies found in ancient writings of the Yoga Sutras, a 2000-year-old guidebook for dealing with the challenges of being human. These writings offer guidance on how to gain mastery over the mind and advice on spiritual growth and are essentially the framework upon which all yoga is based today.
The original discipline of yoga postures was developed as a vehicle to a deeper connection with one’s self, a stringent series of movements to prepare the body for stillness. Today, we see a myriad of different forms of yoga, yoga that has been adapted to suit the challenges of being a human in this era. So, we take a look at some of the yoga trends for a new decade.
Being a modern-day yogi looks vastly different from the devoted guru perched alongside the raging river Ganges at the foothills of the Himalayas as he meditates his day away. The yogi today is an immensely different breed with a stronger desire to seek mindfulness through a range of unique pathways. And it is this colour and variety in the styles of modern yoga that makes this venerable tradition relevant to the broader population. Since the late 1920s postural yoga has exploded and today we can see many forms suitably tailored making it far more inclusive. So, let’s take a look at some of the popular and trending forms of yoga today;
Despite ancient traditions woman in the modern age have become avid students of a regular yoga practice. In conjunction with this shift, many men associate yoga as a female activity, but not anymore. Broga is a yoga style geared toward men, a place where it’s ok not to touch your toes. It is a strong, energetic and challenging practice that combines core-strength, muscle-toning and cardio to give the body a full-body workout. It is through this functional fitness that you can also establish another element to your workout. Building a more mindful and reflective quality to your daily morning exercise. And maybe it is some more of those stress-reducing, mind-clarifying and awareness building moments that are associated with more traditional yoga practises that is drawing the masculine crowd to this form of fitness.
Power Yoga/HIIT Yoga
Adapted from the traditional Ashtanga Yoga system, Power Yoga is now one of the most popular yoga styles offering a vigorous and fitness-based take on the traditional series of postures. This is a practice that is guaranteed to make you sweat, but without losing the essence of the connection between the body and the mind, focusing strongly on the breath. This practice focuses more heavily on a cardio and strength aspect which has been linked to boosting metabolism, resulting in a higher calorie burn, helping with weight loss and improving body tone. Usually set to some killer upbeat tunes, this practice will push you outside your comfort zone and into a totally new style of endorphin induced state of Zen.
For those seeking an uplifting blend of spiritual healing and physical connect perhaps Kundalini Yoga might be the practice for you. Combining Bhakti Yoga (the yogi practice of devotion and chanting), Raja Yoga (the practice of meditation) and Shakti Yoga (the expression of power and energy) offers a therapeutic class leaving you feeling like you have had a wholesome workout as well as a fun singing session with your friends. In each class, you can expect an opening chant, a warm-up sequence for the spine followed by a series of postures paired with the breath and then closing with a meditation and song. This is a practice that affects both your physical and psychological well-being and in recent years has seen a meteoric rise in popularity.