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Top Trends to Upgrade Your Yoga Classes in 2023

New yoga trends and yoga styles in 2023 for your online yoga classes

All these years traditional yoga industry has taken up multiple forms finding out ways to be flexible and adjust to changing lifestyles, redirecting its attention towards building a fit community no matter what. In fact, quick HIIT training, wearable technology, fitness trackers, home workouts, and mindfulness yoga were some of the most popular trends that fitness enthusiasts hopped onto between 2022 and 2023. Practising yoga particularly emerged as one of the most sought-after trends adopted by people.

In 2022, the Major Depressive Episode(MDE) in youth has increased to 15.08% from 13.84%! That being said, the Mental Health Foundation UK suggests that 10 minutes of physical activity can improve the quality of life. It is because of the release of Dopamine, Serotonin, and Endorphins. These hormones are responsible for making us feel good, reducing symptoms of depression, and increasing mental alertness. This is where yoga comes in. Yoga practice is all about seeking a healthier lifestyle, mental wellness, and holistic well-being in the face of this continually mutating virus and alarming global health crisis.

To be specific, low-impact physical exercises such as yoga has innumerable health benefits and are recommended to everyone- pregnant women, diabetic patients, people with PCODs, kids, the elderly, those fighting obesity, and so on and so forth. And all it takes are a few hours of dedicated practice and a yoga mat!

For the yoga industry particularly, it is all about making your classes innovative, interactive, and interesting. Evolving fitness trends bring in more and more elements to play with. Apart from enabling yoga businesses to stay relevant with the new yoga trends, also helps studios in their business front, say increasing membership sales to start with.

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Daily Burn, an online workout video library, saw a 268% year-over-year surge in membership as the pandemic took hold across the US. As fitness trends continue to change globally, we handpicked some popular yoga trends in 2023 for you to experiment with.

So, What are the popular Yoga Trends for 2023?

  1. Active Meditation
  2. Virtual Classes
  3. Outdoor Yoga
  4. Multi-Sensory Yoga
  5. Capsule Classes
  6. Hybrid Yoga
  7. Eye Yoga
  8. Yoga for seniors
  9. Yoga for kids
  10. Hot Yoga 
  11. Yoga retreats 

This year International Yoga Day is all about intertwining yoga with the theme “humanity” to create awareness of the holistic nature of yoga and encourage us to take it up as a regular regime. 

With that in mind let’s explore these yoga trends for 2023 that will help you bring something fresh to the table for your studio and your members. Let's learn each of these in detail.

1. Active Meditation

Yoga is more than just an exercise that improves your mental health and overall well-being

Indian spiritual guru, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) was the pioneer of active meditation. It is a form of meditation that is most suited to today’s time. Regular meditation requires the time and place to sit still and attain calmness of mind and spirit. However, the immediate need of the hour is to be able to add some zen time to our busy schedules. That’s where active meditation comes in and is also popularly identified as modern meditation or millennial meditation! Yes, it is possible to reach a meditative state even while moving, working, or staying active. Active meditation involves focusing on breathing patterns. It is a blend of movement and mindfulness. These are different and easier to do, especially when one finds themselves in difficult situations. It helps in relieving stress and works as a great time-out during a busy day or a burnout. Osho’s active meditation is just the right remedy for people trying to break their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual blockages. After all, the true aim of yoga is the ability to declutter, stay calm, and restore mental health even during a chaotic situation.

2. Virtual Classes

While Youtube provides online classes for Yoga, the rise of virtual training and online fitness is a different story. After all, it lets members interact with their personal trainers and fitness providers on creating a more personalized experience for them. In fact, virtual yoga classes were that one fitness trend that was revolutionary during the pandemic and exactly what people needed to reach their fitness goals.

Even after the end of the COVID-19 wave, the need for virtual programs or online training does not end. People with different sets of requirements find virtual yoga classes more accessible and appealing. Moreover, when it comes to cutting down the cost and time, virtual programs are sure to work. People can now attend live classes from the comfort of their homes. It is primarily a great option for someone who doesn't want to go out or lacks a good studio nearby. Bonus, trainers can also aid with diet and flexible timings for their members.

Virtual yoga is a blessing to the fitness world. It is movement-inspired and a strong trend to catch up until there is a digital world!

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Online yoga sessions for a different form of yoga-like kundalini yoga, meditation, prenatal yoga helps to move underused muscles helping to relax

3. Outdoor Yoga

Outdoor recreation and outdoor workouts are the refreshing way to stay active. Fitness studios must create fresh fitness routines for their students and members for increased interest in the classes.

Practising yoga poses in the outdoors is a great way to connect with nature. Outdoor yoga also helps in breathing exercises by taking in the power of fresh air! It also works as a great mood booster by enabling ample 'Sunshine Vitamins' in our bodies.

With the rising significance of outdoor recreation and green spaces, yoga studios are coming up with outdoor yoga classes and yoga retreats say in a park or by the beaches. It not only helps in the mindfulness aspect, asanas like Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar), Triangle Pose (Trikonasana), and Low Lunge Pose(Anjaneyasana), the experience of doing Yoga even elevates the spiritual aspect of well-being.

Yoga outdoors is aesthetically pleasing and a super trend to hop onto. Help make the experience for your clients and members more lively and fun with techniques like walking meditation, beach yoga, Stand-up Paddle Board yoga (SuP), and much more.

Just think about providing an out-of-the-box experience for your studio members. Make sure the location and permits are covered. Outdoor meditation once in a weekly class can perk up your members' mood and provide a fun recreation.

Practicing different types of yoga helps in relaxing muscle groups also helping to maintain better mental health

4. Multi-Sensory Yoga

As the name suggests, it targets the three senses: sound, sight, and smell while performing Yoga. As colours affect our moods, it makes sense if you play around with them for your studio. Likewise, you can use soothing sounds for meditation sessions to make your members feel more comfortable. Using calming and stimulating fragrances as a part of aromatherapy induces sessions to be even more relaxing. People with autism, disability, injuries, etc., can find such experiences more lively than ever.  

Read: How Kriya yoga studio provides welcoming sessions of stretching, meditation, and mindfulness.

Traditional yoga practices and yoga business improves lung function and healthy lifestyle

5. Capsule Classes

Has your member ever skipped a session because they were too busy to attend classes? Try incorporating capsule classes. Try incorporating capsule classes for them. Members are valuable. It's always nicer to find workarounds so your clients do not miss a class. Capsule classes do not take more than 5 to 15 minutes and can be adjusted between their work and office hours. Like traditional classes, capsule classes help in easing the mind and body from stress. It is a favourable option for people who struggle with irregular work hours or schedules. It can be valuable for someone who wants to take a trial or cannot put in more time. It can also work as after school/class/meeting workout to stretch muscles.

types of yoga practised in yoga capsules between work improves self-awareness

6. Hybrid Yoga

Fitness hybrids create a perfect blend of healthy recreation for your members to try out, such as combining Yoga with CrossFit, Pilates, Acrobatics, and much more. They are fun to try and let members gain the benefits of two in one go. These are viewed more like exciting activities to have fun and unwind from stress. The broad spectrum of hybrid yoga covers a diverse range of people's needs. Moreover, each of them provides exceptional health benefits that you can not overlook. Creating fun challenges to new techniques, your members would never skip a day!

Latest yoga trends with a blend of ancient practice and new yoga trend like slackline yoga, aerial yoga improves physical and mental fitness

7. Eye Yoga

'Stay-at-home' orders and hybrid work culture have led to a rise in the increased screen time phenomenon. Stressful 'Work-from-Home' practices, increased indulgence in OTT platforms, Online Shopping sites, and excessive usage of online platforms for almost anything from attending classes to online consultations, meetings, facetime, and much more have resulted in the eyes getting affected. Concerns like dry eyes, redness, and irritation have increased. A survey concludes that 1 in every 5 users has experienced discomfort in their eyes. While we need digital support for daily life, eye yoga practice will help improve the eyes' health. A study conducted on 60 nursing students shows that Eye yoga decreased strain and fatigue. Taking short breaks and doing eye exercises like Palming, Focus Shifting, etc., can improve eyesight.

Practicing different form of yoga helps to relax underused muscles safely and reduce stress fractures

8. Yoga for seniors: 

yoga for seniors helps them do deep stretches of all major muscle groups in their own pace

Yoga for seniors is all about boosting their balance and flexibility physically which amps up their quality of life. Some cool yoga options for our seniors to include are chair yoga, gentle yoga and restorative yoga.

For seniors with limited mobility chair yoga proves very beneficial as it is done sitting on a chair with no need to worry about balance. Gentle yoga is like a gentle hug for your body that matches the pace of the body and slowly increases strength and flexibility. Restorative yoga helps support the body in passive poses with props like yoga blocks and blankets helping to destress. So get ready to give a little extra balance to your life with these cool yoga methods. 

9. Yoga for kids:

Kids yoga emerges as one of the latest yoga trends that imparts fun making it more than just an exercise

If you wanna build a sense of healthy and active lifestyle for your kids from a very young age then yoga is the right pick for them. It helps kids to connect with their bodies and understand their functioning. 

There are different ways for kids to start practicing yoga 

There’s animal yoga which is all about pretending as animals and doing their movements as yoga poses. 

There comes another type of yoga - story yoga. This is just acting out a series of yoga poses as interesting stories 

And meditation yoga - This teaches kids how to focus their minds and relax their bodies 

So try out these exciting types with your kids and invite them into the world of wellness. 

10. Hot Yoga:

Hot yoga is a new type of yoga that is performed in a hot room with a temperature between 85 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat amps up heart rate and blood flow which helps in shedding the extra pounds, boosting blood circulation, and reducing stress. So if you are looking to break a sweat and get your blood pumping try this one out! 

11. Yoga retreats: 

yoga retreats are setting up a new yoga trend and is the best way to improve self awareness

From the beaches of Bali to the Mountains of Colorado Yoga retreats are the ultimate way to escape and disconnect from everyday life a little bit. People are in love with these retreats for they offer a variety of relaxing yoga classes in beautiful and relaxing settings. Not only the scenic view these retreats facilitate personal growth and transformation. 

When you start exploring the yoga retreats you will be surprised to know the different types of retreats followed around the world! There are different types based on the location, duration of the retreat, cost, type, place of accommodation and activities carried out. 

Whether you need a temporary escape or a life-changing experience yoga retreats are there to help you find your inner peace. 

While these new yoga trends will help yoga studios bring more dimension to their classes, yoga trainers can use them as per the suitability of their members. It would indeed offer a new array of opportunities for Yoga studios in 2023!

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