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Best Ways To Break Out of Your Yoga Rut

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If your regular yoga practice has you feeling more boredom than bliss, try getting out of the studio and into one of these unconventional classes.


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Animal Attraction

Goats and miniature horses wander among yoga practitioners during Clarksburg Yoga and Wellness’ Mini Horse and Goat Yoga events. The slow and gentle flow yoga practice is appropriate for any level of experience. It’s held in the spring and summer in partnership with Madison Fields, a nonprofit that offers therapeutic riding and other services for people with autism and disabilities. Classes cost $30. Participants bring their own mats and get buckets of grain and sweet treats to entice the animals to visit.

Madison Fields, 21355 Big Woods Road, Dickerson, 301-802-4993, clarksburgyoga.com

 

Pose and Sip

At The Urban Winery’s monthly Vino Vinyasa, the concept is simple: yoga, then wine. The event features an hourlong movement-based yoga class that focuses on breath and postures, followed by a wine tasting. Participants at all levels are welcome, but must be 21 or older to drink wine. Classes are built around different themes, such as a wine region or holiday, and wine facts and history are sprinkled in during the practice. After class, sample a flight of three wines with a sommelier. The $36 admission includes yoga, wine tasting, charcuterie and discounts on bottles of wine. Bring your own mat; yoga blocks and straps are provided.

The Urban Winery, 949 Bonifant St., Silver Spring, 301-585-4100, theurbanwinery.com

 

 

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Warrior on the Water

Move your practice from the mat to the board at Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga, where participants move through yoga poses while balancing in the water atop a floating board. Local paddle-boarding school Paddlestroke SUP, in partnership with North Potomac’s Warrior One Yoga, offers a class for $49, which includes all equipment, a basic safety and paddling lesson, and an hour of yoga on the water, followed by free time for practicing yoga, paddling or both. Classes meet at the parking lot near Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac or at Riley’s Lock in Poolesville and are offered from late spring through midautumn.

Warrior One Yoga Studio, 240-994-2409, warrioroneyoga.net; Paddlestroke SUP, 301-442-6864, paddlestrokesup.com

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