Of all the new-age workouts out there, one that particularly intrigued us was Pole Dancing Yoga, an exercise form employed by the likes of Lindsay Lohan to stay in shape. It’s as exciting and challenging as it sounds, and can help amp-up your yoga practice while improving your fitness and endurance levels. While at first you may feel unsteady and unsure, over time you conquer the fear normally associated with arm balancing and inversion postures, and gain stability by learning how to engage your core the right way.

Class Is In Session
The pole is used as a prop to enhance one’s overall body alignment and strength, and deepen stretches by opening up tightness in the hips, hamstrings, spine, and shoulders. The workout is offered to suit your current level of fitness with different variations for beginners, intermediates and advanced yogis. The only requirement is that one should practice regularly and mindfully, paying close attention to the techniques involved. Within pole dancing yoga, if you want to make a particular dance form your sole focus, you can choose from several styles such as lyrical, contemporary, Broadway-jazz, modern, and Latin dance.

Special attention is given to condition the body and better equip each practitioner to increase their range of motion. This is attained by working on the core, using twisting postures, building arm strength, and executing stretches to achieve deeper back-bends and splits.

Get Into Pole Position
The advantage of getting on the pole dancing yoga bandwagon is the sense of empowerment one attains, mentally and physically. When one trains the body and mind in unison, it creates a wonderful sense of harmony outside the studio, spilling on to our real lives as well.

In addition, the more open the body, the less prone we are to succumb to stress, depression, anxiety and burnouts. Build your sense of balance, find your center, learn how to hold the right form, improve your posture, and gain an immense level of flexibility with this workout, which will even help ignite the heat between the sheets.

With multiple advantages, it’s no wonder that the workout is being offered in several studios across America. The Yoga Pole Studio and Sacred Studio located in Brooklyn, New York, the Metamorphosis in LA, California, and Verticality Pole Fitness in Houston, Texas are a few among the many.

Images via TheYogaPoleStudio/Facebook

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Nisha Gulati is a fitness expert and model originally hailing from New Jersey, USA. She is a certified Bikram Hot Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Instructor, health and fitness columnist for Hyderabad’s widely read B Positive Magazine, a trained Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Bhangra, and giddha dancer. She also has trained in Kalaripayattu a martial arts form in Kerala. Yoga has been a source of great discipline, inspiration and positivity for Nisha who has been teaching at studios in Mumbai India, Phuket Thailand, Marina Dubai and Vancouver Canada.