The purpose of practicing yoga — whether it's a traditional style or some newfangled trend — is to harmonise your mind and attune it with your body and spirit. While the classical style is purely based on the philosophies and teachings of ancient sages and aims to help you attain the highest state of self-awareness, new-age yoga forms borrow certain postures from the traditional style and use experimental approaches that will appeal to the younger generation who are targeting fitness.
"If you're looking for a fitness challenge — no matter if you're a novice, at an intermediary level, or are an expert — or are simply looking to add some fun to your fitness regimen, experiment with the newer forms of yoga," says Sandeep Agarwalla, head of yoga at Ananda In The Himalayas. "Not only are they entertaining, but they also integrate the teachings of traditional yoga."
Celebrity yoga instructor Anshuka Parwani, founder of Anshuka Yoga, agrees: "The goal is the same — to tune in, achieve more awareness and be present." Anshuka, whose clientele includes the likes of Kareena Kapoor Khan and Malaika Arora, offers classes in FlyFit which combines aerial yoga, aerial Pilates and aerial fitness into one power-packed full-body workout. Malaika, who also happens to be Reebok's fitness ambassador, regularly practices aerial yoga as well as the traditional Suryanamaskars. "I believe it is always good to be practicing a fusion as both forms have great benefits for the body and the mind," she says.