Fitness and adventure enthusiasts around the world have joined the growing global trend of nude recreational sports. Within the sport of yoga specifically, practicioners nationwide are starting to lose the yoga pants, for a more liberating and freeing yoga practice. The yoga studio Bold and Naked in New York City is pushing the workout limits, as one of the most popular nude studios in the nation, setting the stage for this new type of yoga craze. It is said to be an experience where you can become more focused on your practice and your body.
Nude yoga practice has expanded outside the classroom, to parks, private land and nude beach areas. Some practice alone, some in groups and under the sun. Yogis across the globe strip themselves – literally – of all their worries and insecurities, focusing on the practice. Liz Crosby, an Instagram famous yogi on the central coast, shows some of her crazy moves in her favorite spot for her daily nude yoga.
"...now bring your beer to heart center..."
This is a perfect blend of a Saturday morning workout and a start-of-the-weekend celebratory drink. It's a cure for the night before, a relaxation after the long week, and the perfect way of introducing, (or convincing) a yoga newbie to come along to yoga with you.
What started in Berlin, Germany and spread to Australia has finally made it to the U.S. With over 20 breweries nationwide offering BOGA classes on a regular basis, it is beginning to take off. According to Mashable and The Huffington Post, "it's a thing now" and "beer yoga is just what the world has been waiting for."
Jes Godsey, BOGA instructor and director at the Libertine Brewery in Morro Bay, CA, shares their take on BOGA and it's growing popularity here on the central coast.
Yes, you read that right. “Ganja yoga” or marijuana infused yoga, is exactly what it sounds like; everyone in class spends the first few minutes getting high together. Most studios offer joints, bowls, vapes, or edibles to consume— and then turns on incents and music for a 60-75 minute yoga class.
In most cases, participants have be 21 years of age (thanks to Proposition 64) or must have a medical marijuana card issued by the state of California. A program called Vanaspati Yoga in Cambria, California on the central coast, has been doing weekly Ganja Yoga classes that have completely taken off, especially among Cal Poly and Cuesta College students. Students sign up for the class and are immediately e-mailed the location to show up to. Upon arrival, students show either an ID or medical card, and pay $15, which includes the doses of your choice and a 60-75 minute class.
Check out a few stories of Cal Poly SLO students, and their positive experiences practicing yoga with weed.
Is your hot, vinyasa or hatha yoga not enough? Don't hold your breath... there are tons of crazy types of yoga classes coming out, some that you have to see to believe. What will we try next?
One of the most interesting things about yoga trends today is it’s growth in the past decade. Yoga is the 2nd most popular workout according to Mens Fitness magazine 2015, and it is rising every year. We've talked about this craze, this boom, and how the love for yoga as an excercise around the world has sparked all different and new kinds of yoga practices. Now, here are the reinforcing statistics. This illustrates the growth of the excercise in the hard numbers.