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Hav­ing a laugh

Laugh­ter yoga helps us to get in touch with our child self. This class is not about stretch­ing, it’s a laugh­ter work­out. It’s said that chil­dren laugh up to 400 times a day, but adults av­er­age 15 times a day – this shows we should be tak­ing our gig­gles more se­ri­ously. Like ex­er­cis­ing, a hearty laugh can give you an en­dor­phin high and re­duce stress lev­els. laugh­teryoga.org.nz

Beer yoga

A sense of hu­mour is def­i­nitely re­quired but yes, beer yoga is a thing. The beer is used as a prop dur­ing the class as well as a re­fresh­ing tip­ple be­tween poses. Try it out at The Third Eye – Tu­atara’s Tem­ple of Taste, 30 Arthur St, Welling­ton. tu­atarabrew­ing.co.nz

Hot pi­lates

Not Bikram, which is de­rived from Hatha yoga and prac­tised in a heated room, hot Pi­lates is a syn­the­sis of class mat Pi­lates in a stu­dio heated to 27 de­grees. In­creases flex­i­bil­ity and blood flow. ris­es­tu­dio.co.nz

Yo­galates

Like the name sug­gests, yo­galates is a blend of yoga and Pi­lates. It com­bines the core strength­en­ing and over­all mus­cle ton­ing prac­tices of Pi­lates with the stretch­ing, bal­anc­ing and breath­ing prac­tices of yoga. yo­galates.co.nz

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