Five different kinds of yoga and how to practice them virtually
Staying active while under lockdown can be a challenge, but there are plenty of ways to get moving without stepping outside your front door. Yoga is a low-impact option that won’t have you bumping into the furniture, and all you need is a mat and an internet connection (unless you’re freestyling, that is).
As a longstanding tradition beginning in India thousands of years ago, yoga has evolved over the years as both a spiritual path and a functional form of exercise. Today, there are countless different varieties you can try and enough online content to keep you busy for a lifetime (here’s hoping lockdown ends before that, though).
Without further ado, here are five different kinds of yoga to try and where to practice them virtually:
1. Eye Yoga
With many of us spending hours on end sitting in front of screens, eye and neck strain is a real concern. Using various techniques like upward gazing, focusing, near and distant viewing, as well as palming, which helps to relax the muscles of the eyes by giving them a rest from light stimulation, eye yoga can help to improve focus while reducing irritation and fatigue. Try it at karmashala.ca.
2. Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini yoga has been practiced for thousands of years in India as a powerful tool for transformation and enlightenment. If you’re looking to tap into your spiritual side, this form of yoga can help you expand your awareness and realize your full potential through integrated breathing, physical movements, chanting and mudras or specific hand positions. Practice at blissyogaanywhere.net.
3. Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa flow is the ideal yoga practice for athletes seeking a form of movement that’s equal parts active, challenging and mindful. If you consider yourself a more advanced yogi or regularly run, play sports or lift weights, this form of yoga could be the perfect complement to your current workout regime. Try it at downwarddog.com.
4. Yin Yoga
In Chinese philosophy, “yin” refers to the passive, feminine side of the yin and yang concept. Yin yoga helps you tap into this divine, feminine version of yourself through passive stretching, slow movement and long, deep breathing. Be ready to feel slightly uncomfortable—in yin yoga, the poses are usually held anywhere from two to seven minutes. Try it at yogatree.ca.
5. Wine Yoga
While wine yoga may not be a traditional form of the ancient practice, it can be a fun way to connect with likeminded yogis virtually and relax after a long day of work. Sip on a glass of wine mindfully before, after and during class, or simply partake in the gentle movement session sans booze. Try virtual Wine Down Wednesdays at modoyoga.com.
Get Out There's yoga and wellness expert Mackenzie Patterson is a Toronto-based writer and wellness enthusiast. As a certified yoga, barre and Pilates instructor, she loves spending time moving in nature and learning about different health philosophies.