International Yoga Day: Stretch Some More, But Different

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Last Updated on November 20, 2020

Yoga is not a fitness fad. It’s a way of life. And what’s said to be a 5000 -year-old practice for the wellness of the body, mind and soul has diversified into innovative forms, benefits intact. We’re talking about quirky derivatives such as Beer Yoga, Doga, Naked Yoga, classes for which are organized in the city. On International Yoga Day, today, which one will you pick, Delhi?

Yoga is a light
which once lit will never dim,
the better your practice
the brighter flame.
B.K.S Iyengar

International Yoga Day 2019: Stretch Some More, But Different

Let’s celebrate International Yoga Day by learning new forms of yoga;


Acro yoga is performed by combining acrobatic formations and postures of yoga. It blends traditional yoga, circus tricks and acrobatics. It aids blood circulation, keeps the body fit and enhances flexibility. It is unstructured and fluid as compared to traditional yoga. It might be growing art form with small groups of people participating in it as of now, but it will gain immense popularity.


Beer yoga is quite a heady form, one can say that it incorporates beer drinking into yoga poses. Sounds like a perfect scene for a party, right? It’s more about balancing the bottle on your head or taking sips while settling into a pose. This yoga reduces the risk of heart attack and protect against diabetes. It is also sometimes prescribed to marathon runners as a recovery drink.


Doga is yoga with your dog, performed using pets as props or well, partners. It is very beneficial because pets can be therapeutic. The dogs themselves aren’t doing anything. Rather, they are cathartic. This form of yoga releases stresses and makes the bonding between you and your pet stronger.


Aqua yoga is performed under water. Water has buoyancy. It helps you to hold a stretch for longer. Exercising in water helps in toning your muscles. Also, there’s no age bar and it is very safe to perform. Anyone can do it, young or old. It provides relief to the spine and joints. It’s very effective and the best thing about this yoga form is that you are not able to feel the sweat.


Aerial yoga is an aerial adaption of the traditional form of yoga.

Aerial yoga is an aerial adaption of the traditional form of yoga. Hop into a silky sling-like hammock hanging from the ceiling and get going with the yoga poses. There’s a rising demand for this type of yoga form. And it’s not only fun but a full-body workout, engaging every muscle in your body. You are off the ground hence the asanas involve your core and strengthen it. And the inversions incorporated in the aerial yoga sequences improve blood circulation.


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Well, naked yoga is performed without any clothes on your body. This is one of the ancient forms of yoga, which is not so popular in India. Naked yoga has been practiced by Rishi-munis and Tantriks. It enables you to release all inhibitions and accept your body and your flaws in a world where everyone desires to attain a specific body or physique.

Naked Yoga has been practiced since ancient times. In the Bhagavata Purana (written c. 800–1000 AD) it says:

A person in the renounced order of life may try to avoid even a dress to cover himself. If he wears anything at all, it should be only a loincloth, and when there is no necessity, a sannyasi should not even accept a danda. A sannyasi should avoid carrying anything but a danda and kamandalu.

Bhagavata Purana

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