It’s two months into the new year, and let’s be honest – you’ve totally ditched all of those “New Year, New Me” resolutions, especially the one that involved working out more (or at all). Why would you go listen to some peppy fitness instructor bellow “you can do it!” when you can stay home and bask in the unconditional love of your couch? You may not GAF about failing at your fitness goals, but if you’re like me, you probably still feel a little guilty when that reminder for spin class pops up on your phone and you hit ignore in favor of pizza and Netflix. So for all of us who can’t handle Paula the perky Body Pump instructor, but still feel a little bit shameful about sitting on our asses 24/7, I have found the perfect solution.
Lindsay Istace, a trained fire eater and contortionist (what?!), has developed what she calls “rage yoga.” She describes it as a “bastardization of Vinyasa Yoga,” and a way to stay in shape while becoming “Zen as [expletive].” The class combines traditional yoga poses and adds in shouting and swearing as a way to achieve that peaceful place in a way that’s more…realistic for the rest of us. I mean, who hasn’t wanted to drop an F-bomb during downward dog?
Istace seems like she’s pretty much your typical basic bitch (aside from the whole fire eating thing), telling CBC,
When I started going to yoga classes, I felt like I didn’t really fit in at a lot of those different studios. [There’s a] very deadpan, serious, overly serene approach to things. And that’s just not how I roll. When you create a space for yourself to be angry and to shout and swear and scream, suddenly it’s hard to take yourself so seriously. So it goes from anger to laughter pretty quickly. And we have a lot of that going on here.
Colleen Trumble, a class regular, said that she finds the Rage Yoga classes a lot more enjoyable than your average yoga class. “I find the atmosphere of the class is a lot more easygoing. If you fall over or wobble, you can just sort of laugh through it. You don’t really feel like you’re disturbing some sort of ‘tranquility’ of the class. With Lindsay’s classes, the poses are a lot easier to get into, and I can feel like I can accomplish something.”
The best part about rage yoga, apart from the swearing? It’s held in a bar, and participants are invited to hang out for a drink after. The sad part? Right now, it’s only available in Calgary. So if you see this, Lindsay, I’m going to need you to bring this stateside, pronto..
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