It seems that everywhere you turn there is a new form of yoga that claims to be on the cutting edge. While we may roll our eyes at some of them, the expansion of yoga practice means that there is truly something for everyone who wishes to live a yogic lifestyle. We’ve been watching the emerging trends in yoga over the past few months, and here are our predictions for what will be hot for yogis in 2014.
If you are looking for a vacation or getaway that is truly centered on relaxation and self improvement, then a yoga retreat might just be what you are looking for. Wellness travel and tourism has taken off in the past couple of years and we see this trend continuing to gain popularity in 2014 as the retreat options diversify. It seems that there are yoga retreats on just about every continent. The South African Yoga Safari provides a unique opportunity to experience big game animals and African culture and bring a new perspective on your yogic journey. If a Safari doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, there are other options such as Yoga Cruises, where you can relax in style and take in the beautiful sites of foreign countries, while still expanding your yoga practice.There are also many yoga centers within the US that offer retreats and teacher training programs, such as Kripalu in the Berkshires of Massachusetts or the Kalani Oceanside Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii. If you’re planning on a yogic getaway, you’ll need to pack accordingly. The Dragonfly Natural Rubber Lite Yoga Mat weighs under 6 pounds and is designed for easy travel and rolls up to be quite small, without compromising the cushioning. When you are toting your gear from place to place, the Dragonfly Yoga Sak is your best friend. It can hold your mat, towel, phone, wallet, keys, and anything else you might need to transport. The different compartments ensure that everything has its own place, making it easy to pack and unpack.
Our last blog explored why yoga practice is dominated by women. Though men make up a very small percentage (less than 18%) of the yoga population, we expect to see their numbers rising in the near future. Some yoga classes focus more on the physical challenges of yoga practice, which may appeal to men as they realize it is a total body workout. Many professional male athletes (Russell Wilson, Lebron James, Evander Holyfield!) have come forward endorsing yoga as a powerful tool for the body and mind. For our yogis, we recommend the Dragonfly Performance Pro mat.The design is sleek and simple, and the thickness of the mat provides extra support for joints. This is a very durable mat built for high performance, if you are ready to take your "broga" to the next level, this is the mat for you.
All year we’ve been keeping our eye on the emerging yoga forms and we have noticed that yoga seems to be branching and incorporating new elements, often with clever titles:
- Snowga: Yoga done on skis or a snowboard in chilly climates
- Broga: Bros participating in yoga
- Acroyoga: This highly challenging, acrobatic form of yoga is typically done in pairs, with the base (partner on the ground) supporting the flyer while a spotter looks on. If you are a flyer, we recommend the Dragonfly Pant, which is similar to a yoga legging that hugs the ankle tightly, preventing extraneous material from getting in the way of you or your partner.
- Fizzy Yoga: Made popular by support from Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall, fizzy yoga is short for physical therapy yoga, which may be ideal for individuals who have existing medical conditions, but still want the benefits of yoga. This should be overseen by a physician.
- Doga: Bring your dog to yoga! We’re not sure if Fido will benefit like you do, but we can at least suggest a good mat cleaner!
We don’t know whether these particular trends are here to stay, but we do expect new ones to arrive throughout the year.
We are excited to see what 2014 will bring to the world of yoga. New options for practice means that more people with varying interests can begin to get involved. Yoga is a journey, not everyone has to follow the same path. Do you have a new yoga idea?
Yoga Trends from "Dragonfly" Yoga.