It’s easy to understand why parents are stressed in today’s fast paced world. Many of us are frazzled trying to juggle schedules, meals, homework and more, intent on providing our children with opportunities to succeed. At the same time, we work to achieve in our jobs and relationships as well. Some of us turn to yoga to destress which works well for many people. I’ve tried it, but for me, it’s too slow. I make the effort to squeeze a class into my schedule, but after racing to the studio I can’t seem to calm myself sufficiently to benefit from the practice. I know others must feel the same. I recently came across a new type of practice called Rage Yoga, which might better alleviate stress for those of us who need a different way to find our peaceful centers.
What is Rage Yoga?
Some people say it’s the antithesis of traditional yoga, which is peaceful,quiet and zen. While Rage Yoga incorporates conventional yoga postures and breathing into the flow, it also includes loud music, often heavy metal, yelling and swearing. You also have the option to drink beer in place of water! Lindsey Istace, Rage Yoga founder, says her practice is an “alternative yoga for the modern badass.” Combine yoga with a bit of extra chaos and a sense of humor and what you get is this trendy new yoga practice.
Is Rage Yoga Healthy?
Rage Yoga provides the opportunity for emotional release. It’s a safe and supportive setting to let go of your frustrations and rage in a healthy way. Yelling at a family member or friend (or my case, sometimes a telemarketer) generally is not productive. Don’t you think it’s better to work through your anger in an exercise class? Once you relieve some of your stress you might find you it easier to engage in a quieter and more respectful conversation about whatever it is that is upsetting you.
Is Rage Yoga “Real” Yoga?
Absolutely. This type of yoga can still provide the well-known benefits of yoga, such as an improved immune system, enhanced mood and relief from pain and stress. The intensity and difficulty of your practice depends on the instructor and the class on any given day. And don’t worry that you won’t get a good workout. Or a safe one. Rage Yoga is legit. The instructors must complete a certification program as well as a 200-hour yoga teacher training. The training includes Rage Yoga principles, philosophies and alternative teaching techniques. As per a video campaign released by Istace, there are two courses designed for the Rage Yoga program. The basic class, “Ferocious Foundations”, touches on strength, balance and mobility. The second, “Bendy and Badass”, focuses more on measurable flexibility results.
The Bottom Line
Rage Yoga is an interesting twist on yoga. More than just a practice, this type of yoga practice is an attitude. It may or may not be for you, but is worth a try if you happen upon a class nearby. Or you can take a 6 week class online if you like to try it at home.
“No matter what, you can expect an awesome soundtrack, the opportunity for some emotional release, and to walk out feeling a little more badass,” says Istace.