When I picture a yoga class I think of candles, white walls, whale music, maybe some chanting, a bit of chakra chat from the instructor I don’t follow and once, there was drumming and aromatherapy oils (?!). I have never thought of heavy metal though, and yoga, together, in one room. Heavy Metal Yoga in Wycoff Avenue thinks different. The Cobra Club, where classes are held is usually a gig venue but doubles as a yoga centre. The only twist is that you stretch, bend and downward-dog to the likes of Black Sabbath (they also encourage you to stay for a drink after, genius). The schedule also includes kids classes for baby and toddlers (in England we would say this was very yummy-mummy I’m not sure in America, is it very L.A? Up there with the baby chino?). The classes follow a relaxed approach to yoga practise (they don’t use the sanskript terms ie. they’ll call it a cobra not a chata-ranga) and there will no-one telling you to ‘clear your mind’ and ‘let go’. Instructor, Saskia Thode, a bendy German with ‘no sense of humour’ apparently leads an excellent class, much like any Vinyasa Flow. The only difference with Saskia’s class however, is that you will asked to growl instead of breath deeply–and instead of saluting the sun you will be saluting satan. Bend, relax, repeat, hail Satan. I’m not a heavy metal fan, but I do enjoy a good vinyasa flow class, a zero bull-shit vibe and a drink after.
Follow their Facebook group for details on the classes, mats are available and drop-ins cost $12.
I’ve decided to see what other wonderfully weird ways there are to work out in the city. More to follow…
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