Best Alternatives to Yoga

Paddleboarding

This is a great alternative to yoga where you can zen out in the middle of nature. The calming surrounds of a lake, the sea or just about any safe open water will help soothe your mind and act as a type of meditation. This alternative to yoga is incredibly easy for beginners, just start out on a board that’s between 32”-34” in width. Just like yoga, paddleboarding will train your balance and your core, and it’s far easier to stand up than people think, even for the clumsiest of us. Your legs will strengthen in no time at all, but the trick is to relax your legs while standing up or you’ll feel like you’ve hiked up Everest the next day.
Clothes to wear: quick drying clothes that you can easily fit a life jacket over. Check out the eco-clothing bamboo range from bodytek. Available for men and women.

Barre Workouts

Barre is contemporary dance fused with yoga and ballet. For those of you who have ever had a ballet class (even if you were five), you’ll remember the barre bar where you had to complete stinging stretching exercises. But thankfully that isn’t the case with barre workouts. It’s a low-impact sport and each class gives a full body workout. This alternative to yoga will work on your cardio, balance, movement and strength. And if you’re normally quite inflexible, it helps work on your range of motion. Our top tip is to focus on small, controlled movements and when you hear the words, “Tuck your tailbone!” then pull your abs in, roll your hips under and create a neutral spine posture.
Clothes to wear: gear that enables you to have a lot of movement, is stretchy and that wicks away moisture. Check out the eco-clothing bamboo range from bodytek. Available for men and women.

Aerial Skills

You’ve watched Cirque du Soleil, you’ve been in awe, and now you can become an aerial artist yourself. It’s gymnastics in the air and your core and upper body will be toned up and fighting fit in no time at all. This is one of the most challenging alternatives to yoga where you move your body along a ‘ribbon’ (beginners are best to go with the non-stretch variety) to show graceful aerial skills. Make sure you find a class for beginners with stretching and floor exercises as well as aerial skills.
Clothes to wear: leggings and tops that enable you to have a lot of movement. Check out the eco-clothing bamboo range from bodytek. Available for men and women.

Pole Dancing Workouts

An eyebrow-raising alternative to yoga is pole dancing workouts. There are myriad exercises that you can do on a ceiling-to-floor pole which strengthen your core, improve flexibility and give an all-body workout. You can choose to join a class or opt for a specially designed pole in your own home (there’s a spinning pole or static one). You can follow video workouts, but we recommend you do full stretches every day to improve flexibility. In no time at all you’ll have a great physique and a very interesting conversation starter!
Clothes to wear: leggings and tops that enable you to have a lot of movement. Check out the eco-clothing bamboo range from bodytek. Available for men and women.

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