Six Fun and Energizing Yoga Styles that Blend the Unexpected
By Linda Melone, CSCS | Edited by Elena Doxey
Exercise enthusiasts are embracing the New Year by adding some variety to their workout routines. Yoga fusion is a great way to experience all the benefits of the exercise art while combining different modalities work all your target areas.
What to Look For
A well-rounded practice that includes forward bends, back bends, twists, inversions and balancing poses is key. While some of us may think of yoga as a peaceful balance between body and mind, some forms can be intense and energizing.
Six Yoga Fusion Styles that Personalize Your Workout Routine
Whether you’re looking to strengthen your core muscles or incorporate dance into your workout routine, these six yoga fusion styles combine just the right moves to help you achieve your fitness goals. While choosing the style that’s right for you, it’s important to work within your own limits.
CorePower Yoga: Just as the name implies, this style focuses on core muscles, yoga asanas and muscle toning moves to strengthen the hips, pelvic area, back and abdominals. This workout routine involves quick-paced movements that challenge endurance and stamina. Many of these classes are held in heated rooms and have the sweating and detoxing benefits that are found in Bikram Yoga.
PiYo: This creative blend of Pilates, yoga and a sport-and-dance stretch with athletics offers core training benefits and stretching and flexibility that are easy on the joints and designed to increase strength, balance and agility.
Dance Yoga: For the dancers out there, this enjoyable and inspiring class begins with a breathing/stretching warm-up that leads into a fun, choreographed dance combination that is based on specific yoga positions. Styles will vary greatly, depending on the instructor; however, participants say they enjoy both the physical and spiritual benefits of dance yoga.
Yoga Booty Ballet: This style is as fun as it sounds, since it fuses yoga “booty” sculpting and cardio dance moves to achieve a shapelier bottom. Don’t be fooled by this one. It’s a vigorous workout and works well for weight loss.
Vinyasa Flow: If you’re looking to improve strength and flexibility, this intense, fast-paced yoga fusion style is just what you’re looking for. Evolved from Ashtanga yoga, it’s performed in a series of set, specific poses that are based on part of the sun sequence. Vinyasa refers to any flowing style of yoga. Teachers therefore develop their own sequences using different asanas (or poses) and transitions.
Power Yoga: Designed for advanced exercisers, this challenging workout uses fitness-based approaches to Vinyasa-style yoga (with most power yoga moves resembling those of Ashtanga). It should be noted, however, that this style does not follow a set series of poses. If you’re new to yoga, it’s recommended you first learn the poses to avoid injury before considering taking this class.
We hope you found this blog helpful in sorting out the best yoga fusion style for your workout routine goals and needs. Remember, it’s best to be open-minded and try several different classes. You might discover a new twist on an old favorite or encounter a style that you never dreamed could be right for you.