The practice of yoga has taken the world by storm. With the increasing numbers of people joining the movement and signing up for sessions all around the world, competition amongst certified yogis has grown to meet the high demands. The desire to create their own techniques and approaches to this popular discipline has increased as well. Yogis have had to use their creativity and stretch their knowledge to meet the demands. They’ve incorporated techniques like twisting, stretching, and turning their bodies in unique and healthier ways.

Most yogis are familiar with the usual poses and styles. They’re familiar with Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Bikram Yoga, the most well-known styles. But for those looking to offer something more or different, they’ve found their ways to Water Yoga and the ancient Egyptian practice of Kemetic Yoga or Ellen Patrick’s innovative practice of Salt Room Yoga, using pink Himalayan salt in her New York City studio.

You might wonder why pink salt. To understand why, you must first become familiar with what pink salt is. Pink salt contains more minerals than simple table salt or sea salt. It’s mined in the mountains of Punjab, located in Northwest India. It contains over eighty-four minerals and good-for-you trace elements including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and potassium. The infused properties of these elements produce the iconic pink color.

Most people understand that salt is an effective bacterial cleanser. In fact, if you were to add one teaspoon of pink salt to your bottle of water every day, it would effectively eliminate your body’s bad bacteria and dissolve inflammatory issues. It’s not a far stretch to believe that by the mere absorption of salt contained in the foods we eat could translate to comparable results for those who inhale salt through respirations during yoga class. It would naturally cleanse the respiratory system with each deep inhalation.

During a Pink Salt Yoga session, the salt may also ease any sinus pressure, discomfort, open your lungs, and provide benefits for your brain. Pink salt is an excellent source of electrolytes proven to prevent muscle cramps when exercising.

Imagine walking into a yoga studio with salt-covered walls designed to maximize the breathing experience of all who enter the space. The floors are covered with pink salt grains designed to exfoliate the feet while you bend, twist, stretch, and breathe. These factors will electrify your body’s frequency; ions will be charged; and moods will be enhanced. Because it is considered to be a dry salt air, studies have shown it to be more effective and powerful than moist air treatments.

Inhaling dry salt particles reduces inflammation and mucus in the lungs and improves respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis, sinus congestion, environmental allergies, and even a condition as significant as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

In this new Age of Aquarius, the natural urge to return to more holistic and sustainable lifestyles that promote longevity and the ability to trod on Earth stronger and wiser than ever before is strong. The Most Honorable King of Ethiopia, Crowned King of All Kings of the world, His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I states, “If health fails, teaching, knowledge, life itself, all comes to naught. It is indispensable, so have nothing to do with alcohol and avoid all things against which conscience speaks.” The saying “You only live once” is defined through many perceptions, yet the commonality is to open your mind to various experiences. In this case, it results in healthy and beneficial experiences.

By Fabienne Claude