2. AntiGravity yoga
Created by aerial performer Christopher Harrison, antigravity yoga involves exercises inspired by yoga, Pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics, all performed in a hammock-like apparatus, which will have you swinging and flipping upside down in your first class. It might sound like a lot of playground antics, but the workout is a challenge-just try doing walk-out push-ups with your feet in a sling. Antigravity yoga also has some surprising health benefits-devotees of the practice have reported feeling less back pain after finishing a class.
Watch the video to see antigravity yoga in action.
Do you have a furry friend who could use a little exercise? This winter, strap on some skis and practice skijoring with your dog. Hailing from Scandinavia, this fun bonding activity is sort of like dog sledding, minus the sled; your pooch wears a harness and pulls you, while you cross-country ski. Some skijoring clubs run competitive races, but if you’re new to the winter sport, you may prefer to explore a few trails at a more leisurely pace. To find a club near you, visit skidogs.ca.
Want to know more about this pet-friendly workout? Check out this video of skijoring in Canmore, Alberta.
4. Ganja yoga
If you missed the hippie movement the first time around, you’re in luck-Toronto’s Follow Your Bliss offers “cannabis-assisted” yoga practice that takes Savasana to a whole new level. The idea is fairly simple: yogis come together and smoke pot before engaging in their typical yoga practice, accompanied by music. While the idea is fairly controversial, those who practice ganja yoga have reported feeling more centered and focused while under the influence. But the class isn’t open to just anyone-membership is exclusive.
If smoking pot isn’t your thing, there are other variations of yoga that you might want to try. Hot yoga may also help your body feel more calm and relaxed-and won’t leave you with the munchies.