2019 Yoga trends: Digital Yoga, Aerial Yoga and more
Yoga is known for its many health benefits, probably one of the reasons why it’s continuing to grow in popularity every year. All the fantastic health benefits might not yet be scientifically proven, but people often report feeling the difference after only one class. There is a wide range of different yoga styles and a style for everyone out there. Yoga improves the connection between your mind and body + increases your movement and flexibility.
Some of the new trends in yoga this year are Aerial Yoga, Yoga For mental health Restorative Yoga hand Digital Yoga.
Aerial Yoga is a bit different from the floor based yoga practise and is completed with a suspended silk hammock attached to the ceiling. This might look like a relaxing and entertaining practice but is in fact a lot of hard work which over time results in improved flexibility, posture and focus as well as strengthening muscles. And the gentle movement of the swing is said to increase feelings of calm and wellbeing.
Flying Fantastic offer Aerial yoga at their 4 studios across London.
Yoga for mental health. More people are increasingly turning to yoga to deal with their mental health issues. Yoga can ease symptoms caused by stress, anxiety and depression just to mention a few. The breath-based practise will help to bring the body and mind back together which makes people feel more present. Deep breathing during a yoga class will slow down the fight-or-flight mode in your body and calm your nervous system.
Our go to yoga teacher when it comes to mental health is Nahid de Belgeonne. Nahid is passionate about teaching people the easy-to-access tools to mitigate the stresses of city living but also to help counter specific issues such as anxiety, eating disorders, depression and dependency issues. Her aim is to demystify yoga yet still show you the magic of this powerful ancient practice.
Restorative Yoga is a type of yoga known for its relaxing, calming and healing effects. It has its roots in the yoga of B.K.S lyengar, who developed a style that allows a practice without any strain or pain. Ideal for people recovering from injuries or illnesses. The intention is to relax as far as possible in to the different postures, normally around 5-6 per class, using as little physical effort as possible. The mind focuses on the breath to cultivate mindfulness and release tension from the body. Props are used to allow the body to be in the most comfortable, supported position possible. This may include bolsters, blankets, blocks and belts.
Restorative Yoga stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows down the heart rate, regulates the blood pressure and relaxes the body. And it is said to help people suffering from anxiety, insomnia or headaches, as well as other stress-related conditions.
The Life Centre have brilliant Restorative yoga classes at their studios in Notting Hill and Islington.
Digital Yoga. Yoga instructors are very aware that people are busy and might find it diffficult to fit a yoga class in before or after work. Youtube is now filled with classes for us to do on our yoga mats at home. Perfect if you don’t have much time on your hands or can’t afford a membership at a yoga studio.
Our favourite yoga Youtube channel is yoga teacher Annie Clarke MindBodyBowl.