Yoga with a Twist: Five Trends to Try

These classes will help you find your zen

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Kim Sherwood demonstrates a warrior pose on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Union-Style Yoga

Anyone who's hip to the downtown scene has heard of The Union, Spokane's new high-intensity gym that offers spin and yoga classes with blaring, club-style music and swirling black lights. The unique workout spot has quickly drawn a loyal local following, and its website says it all: "This isn't your momma's yoga." But that doesn't mean you can't bring your momma. Gym owners Tyler Lafferty and Nick Murto emphasize the approachability of the classes, regardless of experience level. $15 for drop-in classes, 121 W. Pacific, Suite 400, 838-7625,

Hot Yoga

Yarrow Yoga wants to offer you an "oasis from your day," and with thermostats set from 97 to 105 degrees, you may feel like you truly are on a tropical island. The studio specializes in Bikram-style and Baptiste flow yoga, both forms of hot yoga. Bikram yoga entails 26 sequential postures and high peaks of cardio activity, followed by periods of stillness. Baptiste flow yoga is closer to dance, with consistent cardio and postures strung together. No matter your preference or skill level, show up ready to get toasty, tranquil and toned. $15 for drop-in classes, 412 W. Boone, 413-2215,

Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga

With origins in Hawaii, standup paddleboarding has become a trend over the past few years. Like most good things, it pairs well with yoga. Established in 2009, the Coeur d'Alene Paddleboard Company offers paddleboard yoga classes twice a week, challenging yogis to find their balance with the rhythm of Lake Coeur d'Alene. If you think you've mastered yoga on the ground (and even if you haven't), SUP yoga offers just the right combination of thrill and tranquility, bringing a splash of something new to your workout routine. $45 per class, 512 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-292-4156,

Aerial Silk Cocoon Yoga

If yoga on land or water doesn't strike your fancy, try an aerial cocoon class at Spokane Aerial Performance Arts in the Valley. This class takes traditional yoga to new heights, with silk hammocks suspended from a single point on the ceiling. Using hammocks to do exercises and inversions allows for a deeper stretch and leaves less stress on the body than many traditional exercises. Don't worry if you're scared of heights; participants are never more than 3 feet off of the ground. $70 for 6 classes, 5503 E. Broadway Ave., Suite 2, Spokane Valley,

Rooftop Yoga

There's something novel about practicing yoga outside, while still being right in the middle of the city. Head up to the Saranac rooftop on Saturday mornings during the summer for an hour of calming urban yoga with local instructor David Jones before starting your day on the bustling streets of downtown below. Free (donations accepted), 17 E. Main, 714-5602,

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