Turn your practice up to eleven with heavy metal yoga

metal yoga

This past Sunday I experienced a new kind of yoga at an event entitled, “Yoga Like a Rockstar,” thrown by  Tough Love Yoga in Atlanta. I have to admit I was expecting a super intense, crazy power yoga class, but instructor Neda Draupadi Honarvar, creator of Metal Yoga, led a surprisingly zen class.

As a teacher, I’ve definitely been playful with my playlists,  even throwing in some more intense alternative rock songs for my faster flow classes, but never considered adding hard core metal tracks.  And now, I just might.  I’d forgotten how different kinds of music affect me.  When I was in high school and college, I loved hard rock and industrial music.  Bands like Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, Gravity Kills and Stabbing Westward regularly played on the stereo, particularly when I was studying.

My dad was often perplexed at “how on earth I could study with that racket in the background.”   I finally explained to him that, for me, having familiar, intense music on in the background forced me to focus.  I was able to consciously tune into my studies better by tuning out the music.I found that same feeling come rushing back when I was taking Neda’s class.   The heavy guitar riffs and deep vocals, faded as I turned inward and felt a deep connection with the earth.

Most days, when I practice at home, I’ll turn on some Sean Johnson or just listen to the soothing sounds of a thunderstorm, but I am definitely going to rotate in some gooey metal tunes to mix it up. As Neda says, it “melts your face off in a very relaxing, healing way.”

Try turning your yoga practice up to eleven with some heavy metal.  Nigel Tufnel would be proud.

Rock om.

– Your Charmed Yogi

Photo: Kukhanayoga

9 thoughts on “Turn your practice up to eleven with heavy metal yoga

  1. We’ll probably be doing something similar at ProgPower. I have enough folks interested in a class, that we might crank some if we’re in a spot where we can play music

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