Yoga trends to suit everyone
The ancient Indian art of yoga has evolved from a niche activity of devout New Agers to part of the cultural mainstream, and a $27 billion (165.41 billion yuan) industry, according to the 2012 Yoga in America study released by San Francisco s Yoga Journal.
The study also indicates that some 20 million people in the US, or 8.7 percent of American adults, practice yoga, from its First Lady Michelle Obama and stressed-out executives, to students and housewives.
What has changed, however, is not only the number, but also the style. Instead of just holding postures while breathing deeply, yoga has become a full-body workout involving many new elements. Check out the following trendy styles.
Yoga in heat pods
This style is similar to hot yoga, but still different. Rather than a course of 90 minutes in a heated room, it takes place in temperature-controlled glass pods heated to about 37 C in which yogis use weighted pulleys to work the entire body in just 30 minutes.
It s more personal, as each individual has a trainer outside the pod for every part of the workout. Exercisers just need to care about their sweat. They can turn down the heat according to their tolerance.
The pod method is not new. It s popular in Europe, especially Italy, and parts of South America. But the combination of pods and heat is a new trend that began in Argentina and became popular around 2013, when it spread to the US. It promises to activate metabolism and burn fat.