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The Best Hybrid Yoga Classes

Best of Yoga: Hybrid Classes

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Still think yoga is for hippies? Think again! Instead of chanting, there are lots of yoga styles that fuse elements of other workouts to make a killer two-for-one workout for any exercise personality.

Since you've never been one to play by the rules, why should your yoga practice? Think of this as your yogi cheat sheet of fusion classes to help guide you through National Yoga Month. And be sure to brush up on first class tricks of the trade to look like a pro!

AntiGravity Yoga: Having trouble mastering the handstand? This is for you. Also known as cocooning and aerial yoga, AntiGravity yoga, created by former aerial acrobat Christopher Harrison, involves using a giant hanging fabric (think of a hammock) to assist with yoga pose and stretches.


AcroYoga: Need a spot? AcroYoga combines traditional yoga with Thai massage and Acrobatics for a partner-based practice. You'll massage, flow, invert, spot and asana with a buddy who is the ying to your yang.

Breakti: It's yoga with a beat! Founded by Anya Porter, Breakti is the fusion of break dancing and yoga.

Learn about more hybrid yoga classes after the break!

Caponyasa: Created by Carlos Rodriguez, Caponyasa is a Vinyasa-based practice, which incorporates elements of the Brazilian martial art form of Capoeira and dance into the practice. The high-energy flow often revolves 360 degrees (perhaps to simulate a traditional Capoeira circle).

Doga: Try a downward dog, with your dog! Yoga with dogs, affectionately nicknamed Doga, includes assisted stretching for your favorite pup while practicing stress-relieving poses yourself. It's an "OM" with a bark.

Koga: If you wish traditional yoga classes were a bit more high-energy and faced pace, try Koga, the union of yoga and kickboxing. I'm not sure yoga's meditative element will have a chance to shine in this style, but it's guaranteed to get your heart rate up!

Laughing Yoga: Ha, ha, this seems LOL for real. But think about it, that deep belly laugh is a serious core workout. By inducing laughter during yoga poses, the unique style is said to help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and target the core. (Don't worry, I'm told there's no tickling involved.) Think of it as a therapy session and workout all rolled into one.

Naked Yoga: Yep, this exists, and I don't think I'm brave enough to try a half-moon while showing a full moon.

Stand Up Paddling Yoga Feel confined by the four walls of a studio? Take your practice outdoors, and onto the ocean with this SUP/yoga fusion sport. The surf/paddle board becomes your mat and practicing on the open ocean requires extreme balance and stability.

Yollet: Former Fit Like Us Blogger Erin Kurdyla tried this yoga infused with ballet class and loved it! Read what she had to say here.

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