Metal Yoga? Yep.

There are a million different ways one can practice yoga, including a version or two that involve metal music. The Guardian reports.

Any workout playlist can be improved with a dash of heavy metal. Whether you’re lifting weights to Pantera, doing crunches to Destroyer 666, or trying and probably failing to time your cardio to Reign in Blood, hearing that raw power come screaming out of your headphones is a surefire way to kickstart a serious adrenaline rush. It makes sense on a deeper level, too: at its black heart, metal is all about catharsis, and pushing your body to its sweaty limit is right up there among the most cathartic things you can do without getting arrested.

But what’s a sworn metal fan to do when they’d rather slow it down, and sink into a good stretch? Waterfalls and calming eastern melodies are fine and dandy, but a bit jarring to ears more used to the not-so-dulcet tones of Goatsnake and Napalm Death. That’s why more long-haired yoginis are turning to classes like the ones run by Black Yoga founder Kimee Massie and Metal Yoga Bones’s Saskia Thode that cater specifically to those who prefer to mix a little darkness with their enlightenment.

“I had been teaching yoga in the regular studios and gyms for a couple of years, and I needed something to play in my classes that that would fit me and my personality (my own record collection is mostly Babes in Toyland and Sepultura). It wasn’t so much about being ‘metal’, that just kind of naturally creeped in there because of who I am and what I’m into,” 200-hour RYT-certified instructor Kimee Massie explains.

Read on here. Note, too, that extreme music can make you calmer.

Meanwhile, try to get your dog facing downward to some Sunn 0))).


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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