by Laura McCorry
Hello, 2018! We hope this new year has dawned bright and full of possibility for all of you. The yoga world has already grown and evolved so much, we thought it’d be fun to look ahead and imagine what the year might hold. Namaste!
- Collard Greens: both kale and arugula have had their revival hey-days, it’s time for the original dark leafy vegetable to take it back old-school. If we can get Californians eating southern greens, maybe we can get more southerners practicing yoga. Let’s come together, ya’ll.
- Yoga on Horseback: By now, everyone has heard of dog yoga, goat yoga, and even bunny yoga. But did you know you can do yoga on a horse? We feel a bit like Dr. Seuss (yoga in a house, yoga with a mouse) but you really can do yoga everywhere!
- Yoga Therapy: Good news! Your doctor could actually write you a prescription for yoga. The International Association of Yoga Therapists established a credential program just last year which requires an additional 800 hours of study beyond the standard 200 Yoga Teacher training program.
- Savasana-only Yoga Class: Hey, we can dream, right? But seriously, yogis around the world are becoming more serious about their practice and are starting to pay more attention to Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga, slower practices with a greater focus on healing and meditation. It’s not all about mastering the latest arm balance these days! Phew, what a relief.
- Moon Yoga: There are so many ways to practice yoga while enjoying Mother Nature – just get outside! They probably won’t compete with Beach Yoga or SUP (stand-up paddle board) Yoga – but watch out for Forest Bathing Yoga and Yoga in the Moonlight classes to start popping up. Bonus, you can bring your crystals for an extra boost.
- Intention App: Feeling in a rut by setting the same intention every time you practice yoga? Download this super-simple app and each time you open it, you’ll find a heart-inspiring, chakra-aligning intention along with a short mantra meditation. I’ve done the hard part of coming up with the idea, now someone go develop it!
- Underwater Yoga: Exercising in the water has tons of healthy benefits, but it’s always felt rather old… until now. Flow through a standing vinyasa sequence at your local swimming pool. You might want to bring a snorkel for the arm balances, though. Perhaps this would gain more traction as Mermaid Yoga? 🙂
What are your predicted yoga trends or requests for 2018? Let us know in the comments!
Yoga and Laura had an on-again-off-again relationship from 2004 until 2009 when they decided to move in together and there’s been no looking back since. Passionate about both yoga and writing, Laura loves to introduce others to the joys and benefits of yoga and healthy living.