If you鈥檙e a dedicated yogi or have even dabbled in the practice, chances are you鈥檝e聽tried restorative and vinyasa yoga. Maybe you鈥檝e even experimented with wacky ones like聽face yoga and beer yoga. Well, there鈥檚 a new Zen ritual in town, and it involves om-ing your heart out in a studio covered in salt. Yes, salt. Shape recently published a firsthand account of this interesting form of yoga, performed in an intimate room covered in Himalayan rock salt on the聽walls and floors and lit with salt crystal lamps. Don鈥檛 you already feel relaxed just thinking about it?

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Of course there鈥檚 a health basis for all of this: According to Breathe Yoga, the first place to offer salt therapy yoga in New York, salt therapy is thought to treat a load of health conditions, including allergies, colds, asthma and tonsillitis. It聽can also help those who snore like a chainsaw.

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So how, exactly, does this work? Breathe Yoga explains it like this: During class in the salt room, tiny particles of natural salts are released, which can reduce inflammation in the respiratory system and make it easier to breathe. During class, yogis go through a slow flow, focusing on expanding various parts of their lungs and strengthening the diaphragm. As they do so, these salt particles embed deep into the lungs and absorb bacteria, fight infection and help reduce mucus. The salt also emits naturally occurring negative ions thought to reduce stress and fatigue.

The jury鈥檚 still out on the benefits of salt therapy, but if anything, we鈥檙e intrigued by the tranquility of a glowing salt room.

Would you go to salt yoga? Let us know in the comments section below.

(Photo via @breatheasy_usa)