When you think of yoga, you probably think of silence, deep breathing and relaxation. Well, think again, because 'Rage Yoga' is here.
The latest yoga craze, founded by Lindasy Istace, involves everything yoga usually doesn't: swearing, shouting, and enjoying a beer.
She explains the method as "a practice involving stretching, positional exercises and bad humor, with the goal of attaining good health and to become zen AF. More than just a practice, Rage Yoga is an attitude."
Lindsay "felt really out of place" in a regular yoga class, saying it "made me feel like I was standing in a library full of gymnasts." So, she decided to create Rage Yoga, which has helped her a lot:
"My practice gave me a strong body-mind connection and a new appreciation for my body. I learned how to slow my mind, feel good in my body and built some decent pipes while I was at it. It helped me overcome addiction and weather a lot of personal obstacles. It kept me healthy and sane!"
Rage Yoga instructor Ashley Duzich says that getting angry is an effective way to get in touch with oneself: "Yoga itself actually means union… so union with yourself. And that’s not always just super-calm, breathing, practicing quiet time, like a lot of yoga places are,"
"We are all angry about something and we all have been holding onto an ‘F’-bomb for a little bit too long. So that’s what this does – is – it allows you to have a safe space to let go of your and frustration and rage in a healthy way… and then also wash it all away with some ice cold beer,"
"One of the funniest things I think I ever heard was, 'I told you to do the dishes,'"Ashley added.
While Rage Yoga is currently only available in the US, Lindsay also offers online courses. Two six-week programs are currently available: 'Ferocious Foundations', which is designed for building strength and balance while getting "zen as f--k!", and 'Bendy and Badass', focusing on mobility and flexibility.
Each course includes two videos per week, for $90 USD. Check out the website here.