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.
– Your Charmed Yogi