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Fresh ways to try yoga this summer

Ashleigh Went

Yoga is an activity that seems to defy fitness trends.

While other activities usually see a fluctuation in popularity, yoga is constantly on the rise with no sign of stopping.

While we love a good traditional vinyasa flow, we’ve also witnessed a new series of fresh activities pop up: think yoga with goats or kittens, or accompanied by a vino or brew.

Sign us up, buttercup!

Here are some of our favourite fresh takes on yoga, to try this summer:

Vino + Vinyasa

Fancy a Sauvignon blanc and savasana? What about a Pinot and plank – or perhaps a Cabernet and crow?

Yep, you read that correctly: Balanced Yoga are partnering with The Pop Inn to host yoga and wine in the park.

It’s a match made in heaven and the ultimate way to spend a sultry Canberra day.

Enjoy a fun vinyasa flow class that’s perfect for all levels, and then buy a glass (or two… or three…) of vino.

When: 6pm-7pm, Friday 2 February, 2018
Where: Bowen Park, Bowen Drive, Canberra
How much: This is donation based yoga class with proceeds benefiting Frontline Yoga, check out the good work they do.
Register: facebook.com/

Bend + Beers

Prefer a pale ale to a pinot gris?

Capital Brewing Co and Joga Yoga have teamed up to present Bend + Beers: traditional yoga poses while knocking back a brew from Capital Brewing Co, followed by even more beer.

The class is suitable for all levels, including yoga newbies.

Your registration includes a Capital Brewing Co beer to mindfully enjoy during the session, a yoga session with Jo and a token to redeem for a beer at the Capital Brewing Co pop-up bar after the session.

When: Check the website for future sessions.
Where: Glebe Park, Canberra
How much: $25
Register: jogayoga.com.au

Goat yoga

What could be more delightful than spending an afternoon with baby goats?

Goat yoga, that’s what. Yep, that’s right, you can enjoy a relaxed yoga class in the company of adorable baby goat

Goat Yoga Canberra has been incredibly popular since it’s recent arrival – one of their recent events sold out in only 18 minutes!s.

When: Check the Facebook page for future sessions.

Cats on Mats

The good news? Canberra Pet Rescue are hosting Cats on Mats (Yoga with Kittens) this Sunday.

The bad news? It’s sold out.

However, this is just one of a series events – and we hope from the bottom of our hearts that there will be more on offer in the coming months.

Not only do participants get up close with cutest little kittens, they also get to directly help them, as all proceeds go directly to Canberra Pet Rescue.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page to keep up to date with classes.

Yoga in the vines

We’re sensing a trend here. And we like it.

This one is a full day dedicated to two of our favourites: wine and yoga.

Join Mel of Life Yoga Goulburn for a day of yoga, with two yoga classes, morning tea, lunch, a wine tasting and a sound healing session with Matt Omo (The Gong Guru).

Did we mention there’s wine?

When: 9am-4pm, Sunday 21 January
Where: Lake George Winery, The Vineyards Road, Lake George
How much: $135 per person
Register: lifeyogagoulburn.com

Yoga on water

Whether you want to get bendy atop Lake Burley Griffin or at the local pool, Jo of Joga Yoga is your girl.

Jo offers Canberra’s only SUP yoga classes in partnership with the SUP’ing Caveman. Swapping the mat for a SUP board brings a new challenge – and a new sense of fun to your yoga practice.

She also runs Float Yoga classes at Phillip Pool using her very own Salti Floats. It’s a great option for summer fitness – put on you swimmers and prepare to get wet!

When: Last Float Yoga class of 2018 is 6:15pm, Tuesday 19 December, and the last SUP class is 6pm, Thursday 21 December. Classes recommence early 2018, keep an eye on Facebook for details.
Where: SUP classes take place at Molonglo Reach, Float Yoga at Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre
How much: $35 (including SUP hire) for SUP Yoga, $30 plus pool entry for Float Yoga
Register: jogayoga.com.au

Want more yoga?

Check out our ACTIVE Directory for yoga near you!

Do you run yoga classes and would like to be featured on our Directory?

Awesome – you can make a submission here.

Feature image via facebook.com/goatyogacanberra/

Gifs via giphy.com

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Ashleigh Went

Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. She’s currently furthering her studies in nutrition, but also has a Bachelor of Communication and is a qualified fitness instructor with over five years experience working in a gym. Among other things, she’s a lover of great food, coffee and fashion. She can usually be found shopping for activewear, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue More about the Author