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5 of the Most Unique Yoga Classes in Your Area

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The practice of yoga can be traced back all the way to 3000 B.C., where civilizations in India developed it as a way to achieve harmony between the mind, body, and soul on the path to divine enlightenment. Nowadays, yoga has evolved as western culture has adopted it. More people are practicing yoga than ever before. According to The Good Body, between 2012 and 2016, the number of Americans doing yoga grew by 50%. If you’re trying to get to the studio for your yoga class, you’re not alone! 

As more people have adopted yoga, the variety of practices has increased as well. Yoga classes can now be set to hip hop music, combined with high-energy fitness classes like pilates, and heated to 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more. There truly is something for every yogi now, and heading to a unique class is a great way to bond with friends both old and new! 

Interested in trying a unique yoga class to shake up your practice? We’ve compiled five fun, modern yoga classes to search for in your area!

 

1. Goat Yoga

Yes, you can now practice yoga amongst baby goats, and it is so cute! Goats are known to be playful, snuggly animals, and they’re pretty great at downward dog. Practicing Goat Yoga is the perfect way to integrate your practice with nature. There are plenty of other animal-related yoga classes popping up as well – many shelters are using it as a tactic to increase animal adoption!

 

2. Brew-Ga (or Winery Yoga!)

Yoga at a brewery or winery is the perfect way to unwind with friends. Many tasting rooms now offer hour-long yoga classes followed by a curated beer or wine tasting (BYOM – bring your own mat!). The great thing about these locations is that classes are held both indoors and outdoors, and many tasting rooms have beautiful grounds. If you don’t drink alcohol, consider looking for a yoga class at a kombucha tap or organic market instead!

 

3. Silent Yoga

Silent Yoga is a creative way to keep your inner monologue going while still participating as a group. The way it works is that yogis will put on wireless headphones, blocking out ambient noise, and the yoga instructor and/or an accompanying DJ will play a special mix! Sometimes your instructor will also have a microphone so you can hear instructions, but if not, these types of classes are flexible enough for you to do your own thing. What a way to rock out!

 

4. SUP Yoga

This practice is becoming more and more popular. SUP stands for “stand up paddleboarding,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like – yoga on a paddleboard in the water! This class can range from moves for the absolute beginner to long-time instructors who want a challenge. On a beautiful day, there is nothing more serene. But be forewarned … it is a lot harder than it looks!

 

5. Glow-Ga

Have you ever been to a cosmic bowling alley? Glow-Ga is similar in that all the lights are turned off and you practice by blacklight and neon signs! Be sure to wear white or neon colors to get the best effect, and bring some glowing jewelry to up the ante. Usually, this type of yoga is accompanied by fun music. This is a fantastic choice for a larger group if you’re looking for ways to get your entire office involved! Commercial real estate professionals can also offer on-site Glow-Ga classes in their buildings as a way for tenants to get to know each other. Need help? Chasing Nirvana Yoga is up for the challenge!

What is the most unique yoga class you’ve taken lately? Sound off in the comments! 

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes for businesses, tenant-occupied buildings, community events, and more. To schedule your free consultation, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

* Photos sourced from FSU Campus Recreation and Bella Rose Yoga Studio, respectively.

RECIPE: Asian Rice and Veggie Barefoot Bowl

Asian Rice and Veggie Barefoot Bowl

Bowls are the new thing when it comes to healthy eating, largely thanks to the meal prep trend (thanks, Pinterest!). What better way is there to mix and match all your favorite healthy ingredients into one delicious meal? Making a bowl with leftovers is one way to do it, but today, we’re here to share a bowl inspired by Asian cuisine, created by our studio manager, Kristen (Beets and Barefeet)!

So without further ado, let’s get to the recipe.

 

Asian Rice and Veggie Barefoot Bowl

Sauce (Inspired by the Ginger Nama Shoyu Sauce from Life Alive):

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chopped ginger chopped

  • 2-3 cloves garlic, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons nama shoyu sauce (or tamari or soy sauce or liquid aminos)

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about half a large lemon)

  • 1 tablespoon oil (EVOO or flax work well)

  • 2-4 tablespoons water

 

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth!

  2. Place in a covered container in the fridge and let the flavors meld. This tastes even better the longer it sits!

 

Veggies and Grains

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice, and water according to package instructions

  • 1 cup cauliflower florets

  • 1.5 cups mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon nama shoyu sauce (or tamari or soy sauce or liquid aminos)

  • 1/2 block firm tofu, cubed

  • 4-6 radishes, roughly chopped

  • Sliced scallions, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon oil (I use EVOO)

  • Optional: black sesame seeds, any other veggies, such as broccoli, carrots, etc.

 

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice according to package instructions in a pot on the stove or in a rice cooker.

  2. While the rice is cooking, heat a medium skillet over medium high heat, add the oil and the tofu cubes and a little salt, and cook 10-15 minutes until browned on all sides. Add the black sesame seeds if using and stir to combine. Remove the tofu and set aside.

  3. Add the cauliflower to the same pan and cook until softened and browned on some sides, about 8-10 minutes. Remove and set aside.

  4. Add the mushrooms and let them release their moisture for 6-10 minutes. Once most of the moisture has cooked out, add the nama shoyu (or tamari or soy sauce or liquid aminos) and mix to combine getting any stuck bits of the bottom of the pan. Let cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove and set aside.

  5. At this point, the rice should be cooked so combine it with a few tablespoons of the ginger nama shoyu sauce and mix to combine. Place the rice and all the cooked veggies and tofu into a bowl, and add the scallions and raw radishes. Top with sliced scallions and more ginger nama shoyu sauce to taste!

  6. Devour!

 

For more delicious, nutritious recipes, visit Kristen’s blog at www.beetsandbarefeet.com! Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes for corporate spaces, tenant buildings, community events, and more. To set up your free consultation, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

5 Ways to Start Prospering Today

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Did you know it only takes about two months to form a behavior into a habit? That’s right, and you can begin the process today! If you start with a few good habits, it will be that much easier to start prospering in your career, your personal life, and beyond. Here are five ways to start prospering today.

 

1. Get up early.

Even getting up an hour earlier every morning will give you a little more time to relax before work. Starting off on a calm note will help you maintain that attitude throughout the rest of the day. You can use this time to go to the gym, to sit down and eat breakfast, to read the newspaper, or to simply sit down and catch your bearings. Try it for a week and see how you feel!

 

2. Prioritize your health.

Treating your body right is the best way to quickly prosper in every area of your life! Take a look at your diet and begin adding nutritious options to your grocery list. Start a regular exercise schedule, even if it’s just for a half hour a day. Consider beginning a meditation practice to boost your mental health. There’s nothing wrong with putting yourself first, because when you’re healthy, you’ll have much more energy to focus on your goals.

 

3. Try something new.

Is there an activity you’ve always wanted to try? Why not give it a go today? Whether it’s a new yoga class, a restaurant, or a trip out of state, make a plan and let yourself enjoy it! If you go outside of your norm, you never know who you’ll meet. Consider it a networking opportunity, or at the very least, a memory made!

 

4. Read three new books.

If you truly want to prosper, make it a point to never stop learning. One of the easiest ways to expand your knowledge is to read a good book. If you really want to challenge yourself, head to the book store and pick out three new books. The content doesn’t matter, as long as it is of interest to you! See what you learn and how you can translate it into your everyday life.

 

5. Write down your short- and long-term goals.

If you don’t have a road map, you’ll never know how far you’ve traveled. Make it a point to write down your short- and long-term goals and re-adjust as necessary. Your short-term goals may be those you wish to achieve over the coming weeks or months, and your long-term goals can be those you hope to reach over the years. Once you reach one of your goals, be sure to celebrate!

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes to corporate spaces, tenant buildings, events, and more. To learn more or to sign up for a free consultation, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.