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Cheat Sheet: Yoga news and trends

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Let’s face it: yoga is hardly the homogenous practice it’s often thought to be—some studios and yogis follow a yoga lineage, some follow fitness objectives. Some like it sweaty, some like it spiritual.

With so many different styles and studios, and temperatures and takes on the practice now, it’s become a much bigger world.

Behold our all-in-one-place Cheat Sheet to yoga-centric news and trends, which covers everything happening in yoga on and off the mat right now:

Yoga Mats and Fashion

1. The coolest yoga mats debut at Art Basel
Design group Grey Area is rolling out a collection of seven super-cool, artist-designed yoga mats at the annual art week in Miami Beach.

2. 6 fabulous gifts for the yogi
Trust us, the yogi in your life does NOT want you to gift them a mat. But they’d welcome something heartfelt or cool, like one of these.

3. The ultimate guide to yoga pants
Black yoga pants are a staple in every woman’s workout wardrobe. We bring you the top 14 pairs of the year.

4. 6 chic yoga sweaters that Well+Good editors love
There’s a silver lining to winter’s biting weather—and it happens to be wool. Or cashmere. Or fleece. See the yoga sweaters Well+Good editors are layering on.

5. My Favorite Green Juice Recipe: Kathryn Budig
The nomadic celeb yogi thinks green juice should be a joy to drink, not just a health pursuit. So her recipe is one your taste buds and nutritionist will love.

Yoga Classes, Retreats, and Studios with Buzz

1. Class Action: Modo Flow at Modo Yoga
This heated vinyasa class, offered in New York and across North America, will get you to a sweaty, Zen place with careful cues, encouragement, and music.

2. New York’s first studio dedicated to Baptiste Yoga opens in Tribeca
Lyons Den Power Yoga, the brainchild of a SoulCycle master instructor, debuts hot power vinyasa classes based on the teachings of renowned yogi Baron Baptiste.

3. Class Action: Yoga Hop Santa Monica
The Los Angeles yoga studio packs them in for fun and sweaty power vinyasa that’s set to popular music and eschews Sanskrit and Buddha statues.

4. New York’s coolest new spot to do yoga?
Trendy hotel and New York nightlife destination, The Dream Downtown, causes a lot of hangovers. But it’s now offering multiple options for curing them, too.

5. Add these January yoga retreats to your New Year’s Resolution
Surely your champagne-sipping New Year’s plans don’t compare with trance dancing with Shiva Rea in Costa Rica or Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga in Tulum?

Yoga Culture and Cool Advice

1. Adjustments in yoga class: Friend or foe?
Yoga-world adjustments guru Alanna Kaivalya explains how to reap the benefits of a great correction—and how to avoid the bad ones.

2. Yoga with whales?
The Vancouver Aquarium recently started offering “Yoga with the Beluga Whales” in collaboration with Lululemon.

3. Learn to speak…yoga
The basic vocab you’ll need to communicate (and look cool) during your first yoga class or in any future situation where the yoga-obsessed can be found

4. Yoga Ink: Top yogis show us their tats
We asked inked instructors from Los Angeles to London to share the meanings behind their very special yoga-inspired tattoos.

5. 9 yogis tell us how they start their day
Some people start their day in a crazed frenzy and the Starbucks line. (New Yorkers.) Others meditate and swim with dolphins. (These yogis.)