Yoga in the air? Yes please. This incredible workout regime is also called anti-gravity yoga. While traditional techniques are rooted to the floor, here you’ll be perched on a hammock strung from the ceiling. The poses combine principles of yoga with pilates and dance. The result is a graceful form of exercise that will leave you feeling airy, quite literally. And don’t worry about falling—these hammocks are made of super sturdy fabrics that can take a lot of weight.
One of the primary goals of yoga is to achieve a balance between your body and mind. Zen Buddhism aspires towards a similar harmony. So it’s hardly surprising that the two have been combined into a distinct form. Though it was originally practised by Buddhist monks, the form has moved beyond Zen institutions and gained a fan-following among yoga junkies in the West. Reconnect body and spirit with its fluid movements and breathing exercises.
If you’re looking to channel a gymnast’s curves, this form may have a solution for you. Acro-yoga combines the acrobatic stances of gymnastics with yoga for an intense workout regime. Using gymnastic techniques, participants are paired up to complete the poses. Entire acro-yoga communities have emerged abroad, though the form is only starting to make an impact in India. Acro-yoga must be practised with precision to avoid injuries. Our suggestion: don’t try this if you’re a fitness novice.