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5 of the Most Unique Yoga Classes in Your Area

Yoga at Winery

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.

Try Our 7-Day Positivity Challenge to Jumpstart Your Week!

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No matter what your typical day looks like, everyone experiences stress, roadblocks, and insecurities. These obstacles can throw you off and drive you in a negative direction – but only if you let them!

Did you know negative thoughts can lead to health problems? High levels of stress can cause gastrointestinal issues, migraines, and anxiety, but also long-term health ailments such as heart disease and immune function. 

If you find yourself stuck on the negative side, try our 7-Day Positivity Challenge. You can start this on any day of the week and let it carry you through the next seven days. At the end, check in with yourself and see how you feel! We’re pretty confident you’ll be starting your next week off on a more positive foot, but don’t take it from us … try it for yourself! 

Chasing Nirvana Yoga’s 7-Day Positivity Challenge

Day One

At the start of your day, make a list of three things you are grateful for. Think about these three things periodically throughout the day, particularly when negative thoughts creep in.

Day Two

Make a playlist of songs that make you happy and let this be the soundtrack of your day! Even a three-song playlist will do. Give it a listen during your car ride to work, while you’re doing chores, or when you’re running on the treadmill and see how much lighter on your feet you feel!

 

Day Three

Practice a loving-kindness meditation (also called mettā). Take a comfortable posture, breathe deeply, close your eyes, and focus on a few loving affirmations of your choosing. You’re your energy from your heart center. Common phrases include: 

  • May I be safe and protected.

  • May I be free of mental suffering or distress.

  • May I be happy.

  • May I be able to live in this world happily, peacefully, joyfully, with ease.

Begin by sending these affirmations toward yourself. Second, choose someone who you love or who has cared for you and mentally offer these affirmations to them (example: May you be safe and protected. May you be free of mental suffering or distress.). Finally, choose someone who you may not see eye-to-eye with or who you need to forgive and mentally offer these affirmations to them.

 

Day Four

Say one kind thing to 3-5 different people who cross your path today. Not only will this brighten others’ days, psychological studies also show you will benefit, too! Your happiness and overall wellbeing will flourish.

 

Day Five

Get outside! Spend some time in nature being active or simply walking around and experiencing the beauty around you. Did you know by being active for only 30 minutes a day increases your heart health, promotes weight loss, reduces stress, and boosts your mood?

 

Day Six

See if you can go a full day without a single complaint. If you catch yourself having a negative thought, don’t be too hard on yourself! Mentally transform this thought into something positive and move on. For example, if you feel like complaining about how often your office phone is ringing, transform that thought into positivity and thankfulness for your job when others are not lucky enough to have one!

 

Day Seven

Spend today doing one thing you love. Self-care is important, and there is nothing wrong with making yourself a priority! Even if you only spend a half hour writing, practicing yoga, drinking a glass of wine, or chatting with a friend on the phone, it will have a profound effect on the rest of your day.

 

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes for to office buildings, community spaces, events, and more. Our goal is to bring a focus to wellness as a whole rather than just fitness. Our classes encourage your workforce to take a physical and mental break during their workday and to find a balance between stillness of mind, strength of body, and peace within your heart, all of which will help you maintain the inertia behind the daily juggle of life. For more information, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.