We're gonna find our Zen if it fucking kills us …
If you've had just about enough of all the feel-good garbage surrounding the practice of yoga, you're in luck. You can leave the peaceful smiles and "Namaste" bullshit at home, because Rage Yoga is here.
Its founder, Lindsay Istace, invented this screamy, heavy-metal-filled practice after going through a rough break-up, and now teaches it in Calgary.
Killer boots and she's drinking a beer? We just hope she's single …
"When you create a space for yourself to be angry and to shout and swear and scream, suddenly it's hard to take yourself so seriously," she said in a recent interview with CBC News. "So it goes from anger to laughter pretty quickly. And we have a lot of that going on here."
Colleen Trumble, a Rage Yoga regular, agrees. "I find the atmosphere of the class is a lot more easygoing. If you fall over or wobble, you can just sort of laugh through it. You don't really feel like you're disturbing some sort of 'tranquility' of the class," she says. "With Lindsay's classes, the poses are a lot easier to get into, and I can feel like I can accomplish something."
Expect screaming, death metal, expletives, and plenty of beer afterward, since she practices in the basement of a brewery. Except for the long-ass drive to Canada, we'd be there tomorrow.
Lindsay says her metal AF yoga scares a lot of the norms. "Some yoga teachers don't exactly like the approach," she says with a laugh.
"They don't really think that it's real yoga, that swearing and drinking beer makes it illegitimate. And that's fine. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion. Different things work for different people and not everyone has to be on board."
Istace hopes to one day incorporate her practice into tours at various breweries across Canada.