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Whether you relate to yoga as a spiritual, meditative practice, a life philosophy, an excuse to buy more lycra or just a sweaty exercise, the practice has certainly grown from its ancient Indian origins to become global lifestyle phenomenon.

It even has its own official day, after the United Nations declared June 21 the International Day of Yoga last year.

The day of yoga celebration was proposed by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who told the U.N. General Assembly: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being. Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and Nature."

In the spirit of the International Day of Yoga (and an open mind), we've brought you nine non-traditional yoga practices to pique your interest in the ways the practice has grown.

—By Aza Wee Sile, special to CNBC.com
Posted 22 June 2015

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