First-time attendees to a Yoga Rage session may think they have mistaken the room. Instead of that peaceful and calm atmosphere so characteristic of Yoga, in a Rage session you will find heavy metal music, insults, shouts and many colorful mats.
No, it is not a theatre class! It is a Rage Yoga class. This new type of yoga was invented by a Canadian woman and in this yoga the only thing that remains of the "yogi philosophy" are the postures and poses.
We have known aerial yoga, tantric or bikram yoga and even kilt yoga, but this new version breaks many of its precepts.
In a Yoga Rage class the intention is to release the accumulated aggressiveness
This yoga is intended for people who practice 'fitness' and want to try the benefits of yoga, but have never managed to fit in with the rhythm of the classic classes.
Beyond developing flexibility and strength, these classes are perfect for those who need to let go of accumulated aggression and anger.
You should expect rude language, laughter and mischief. If this offends you, Rage Yoga is not for you.
Shouting, flexibility and heavy metal
Shouting, cursing, and drawing out anger while practicing different yoga postures to the rhythm of groups like Metallica or Black Sabbath is the essence of these classes. Nothing conventional. In fact, the place where it is practiced in Canada, is in the basement of a PUB so after the session you are assured a few pints of lager.
The pros and cons of anger
- It's a good way for people who don't exercise to learn about yoga
- This invention could be a good way for people who don't do any sport, and whose lives are associated with getting out of work and into a bar, to get to know yoga and do a healthy activity.
- As for music, it's a good idea to put a musical alternative to the usual Zen approach, but heavy metal may not be the best.
- Yoga is an activity to connect with ourselves, to feel our body, to find our 'self', hence to be able to slow down in the face of the stimuli to which we are exposed. Strong music helps as a release for strong or repressed emotional states, but not for relaxation.