Hormone Yoga and other top late-summer sports trends
This summer, many of us have been celebrating our newfound freedom— dining with friends, vacationing with family and finally getting back to our workout routines. And as late summer sets in, what could be better than trying something new? Hormone Yoga, for example—a growing trend in the yoga scene. To learn more about this hot new sport and what effects it has on your body and mind, read on!
Plus, we’ve put together a few other trendy workouts that are equally fun and challenging. So settle in for some late-summer workout inspiration!
As you know, your hormones play a fundamental role within your body. So when your hormones get out of whack, everything from your digestion to your energy and emotional wellbeing can suffer. But there’s one simple and effective way to get your hormones back in balance: yoga.
Hormone Yoga was developed by Brazilian psychologist and philosopher Dinah Rodrigues to rebalance the endocrine system and rejuvenate the mind and body. This practice was also taken up by yoga instructors Silja Sperling and Ulrike Zander of Yoga Elements in Hamburg, creators of Yoga for Hormone Balance. “Hormonal Yoga is a set of dynamic yoga exercises, breathing and relaxation techniques that target the hormonal glands in the form of massage, stretching and visualization, making it different from other styles of yoga,” they explained. “Through an energetic activation and regulation of the hormonal system, one’s femininity is promoted, stress is reduced, mood is improved and hormones are brought back into balance.” In addition, Hormone Yoga improves flexibility, and helps enhance your complexion and give you fuller hair.
But if you think this practice is just for women, think again. Men have also begun taking up Hormone Yoga, finding that it promotes flexibility and balance, and relieves stress. In the class, prepare for a combination of Hatha, Kundalini, and Tibetan energy circulation techniques, along with deep breathing to correct hormone imbalances and promote relaxation. So if you’re ready to get your body back in balance, book a class at Yoga Elements today, or check your Urban Sports Club app to find a course online or near you.
Looking for a little more action? Try one of these top workouts instead!
Short for “High intensity, low impact”, this workout relies on lunges, planks and mountain climbers to get your pulse up and spike your metabolism. HILIT uses your whole body, but focuses on low-impact movements, meaning it’s an excellent choice if you’re a beginner or nursing an injury. Expect strength and stability exercises that work your core while toning and elongating your muscles. To try it for yourself, head to Sportzirkel Altona in Hamburg—or the Urban Sports Club fitness studio in your city of choice!
With all that energy saved up during quarantine, you’re probably ready to give your next workout everything you’ve got. If so, then MetCon is for you. Short for “metabolic conditioning”, MetCon combines cardio, strength training, and aerobic exercises into one effective, high-intensity workout. Its focus is on quick bursts of exertion that work your muscles, putting your body into a high-metabolic state. Don’t expect many breaks—these workouts are about pushing yourself to the limit. But don’t worry, we promise that the sore muscles will be worth it. In fact, even Crossfit® belongs to the MetCon family. Intrigued? Try a class at Crossfit® in Hamburg Barmbek .
If you’ve been wanting to connect with your spirit animal lately, it’s probably high time to try an Animal Moves workout. These playful exercises are—you guessed it—stretching and movement techniques that imitate animal gestures. From crawls and bunny hops to cat-cow or cobra poses, these wild workouts improve flexibility and coordination, build strength, and increase mobility. Plus, they’re a fun, playful way to connect with your inner cat, bird, tiger—or any other animal you like! So take a walk on the wild side and head to Anne Pawlak Fitness and movement classes in Berlin Kreuzberg, for example, to try out a class for yourself.
With all these new trends to choose from, you’ve got plenty of choices to fill up your workout calendar. And whether you’re looking to regulate your hormones, enhance your mood or simply work up a sweat, with Urban Sports Club, you’ll always find the perfect sport. And, with livestream and on-demand classes, you can now get your workout in anytime, anywhere. So what are you waiting for? Open your Urban Sports Club app and get moving.