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Downward dog yoga pose Done with Downward Dog

Instant replay: With so many yoga hybrids to sample, there's no need to get stuck in a holding pattern. Our fave fun twists on typical classes: Iron Yoga (includes weights; ironyoga.com), Hip Hop Yoga (think Kanye and Rihanna; yogahop.com), Pole Yoga (asanas meet striptease; teachstreet.com), Antigravity Yoga (strike poses in a hammock suspended from the ceiling; crunch.com), and Buddha Camp (yoga, tai chi, and Pilates all in one; equinoxfitness.com). Or try this modern "hot dog" variation of everyone's favorite traditional pose from yoga instructor Sadie Nardini, owner of the Fierce Club yoga studio in New York City: Begin in downward dog (body in an inverted V position, palms and feet on mat, hips pushed toward ceiling). Lift left leg straight up, keeping hips even, left toes pointed toward floor. Holding left leg straight, lift it higher, pulsing up and down 5 times. Exhale and bring left knee in toward chest, rounding back and shifting shoulders forward, above wrists. Hold for 3 to 5 breaths. Return to start. Do 3 reps; switch sides and repeat.

Gear shift: Uninspired by your yoga mat? Upload a favorite photo onto yogamatic.com to have it printed on an eco-friendly PVC-free mat ($85).

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