Twisted yoga: Five off-beat variances in Brooklyn

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“Dungeons & Dragons” is certainly a weird new take on yoga — but perhaps it is not such a stretch, since the borough is chock-full of bizarre contortions of the trendy exercise. Here are five of the zaniest.

Laughter yoga

There are no physical postures in this class at Greenpoint’s Maha Rose, where yogis use exercises to simulate laughter — often inspiring real guffawing. The all-smiles workout apparently improves blood circulation, oxygenation, and immune enhancement, and fear and anxiety.

Maha Rose [97 Green St. near Frankin Street in Greenpoint, (718) 757–2758,]. Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. $10-20 suggested donation.

Hangover yoga

This class at focuses on deep breathing, stretches, and relaxation to ward off the previous night’s pain. There are no downward dogs, the common all-fours position, or standing poses in this rendition, but there is hair of the dog — the class is held in Buckwick bar the Cobra Club Plus, where you can enjoy a free Bloody Mary or mimosa after the workout.

The Cobra Club [6 Wyckoff Ave. between Jefferson and Troutman streets in Bushwick, (917) 719–1138,]. Schedule and price varies.

Pole yoga

Reach new acrobatic heights at Yoga Pole Studio in Brooklyn Heights, which features wall-to-floor poles next to yoga mats. Meditative movement is incorporated into all of the classes, which include acrobatic yoga, pole dance, and lyra — otherwise known as aerial hoop.

Yoga Pole Studio [43 Schermerhorn St. near Court Street in Brooklyn Heights, (917) 365–3896,]. Schedule and price varies.

Live music yoga

Disc jockeys, tabla players, cellists, and kirtan singers join in every Friday at Dumbo’s Abhaya Yoga for an hour-and-a-half blast of live music during the studio’s asana yoga class, which focuses on the mastery of sitting still.

Abhaya Yoga [10 Jay St. near John Street in Dumbo, (718) 522–3635,]. Fridays. $18 online, $20 at door.

Baby yoga

Go through the motions of vinyasa yoga while babies sleep and crawl around you at Carroll Gardens’ Prema Yoga. All infants through crawling age are welcome.

Prema Yoga [236 Carroll St. near Court Street in Carroll Gardens, (718) 670–3209,]. Schedule varies.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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