Not your average kind of yoga

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Check out all the tribal paint
Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to a blogger yoga class at GymBox Stratford. The class was Buti Yoga and all I knew what that it involved latex body paint that glowed under blacklights.  The official description is 'A movement practice that fuses power yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics into a high-intensity workout that transforms the body, training the core using the Spiral Structure technique.' Sounded good to me! I arrived a few minutes before the class to find a bunch of my blogging friends (Jen, Charlie, Becs, Charlotte, Charlie, Georgina, and Bethan) already painted up and ready to go.  I love these girls because they are always up for new things.

Sara, our instructor, explained 'Buti' meant spirit and the class involved some plyometrics, flow, core work and tribal movements. She was full of energy and had us start warming up on half lotus position.  We were soon doing hip circles, swirling our torsos, and completing plank after plank. There were some deep stretches in downward dog and warrior, followed by core work and then some tribal drumming.

Getting warmed up in lotus position
The soundtrack was superb. I didn't know any of the songs but they fit perfectly to the program design. Some of the movements required a bit of rhythm or at least the boldness to try anything. It was a little strange to be bouncing in and out in a downward dog b fun nonetheless.

The brighter evening wouldn't allow us to fully appreciate the day-glow paint and disco lights until the end of the class.  However the view over the shopping area and Olympic Park was still a treat. I think in the winter time when the nights grow dark early, Buti Yoga would be a fantastic way to workout and get rid of the winter blues.  It was still enjoyable in the twilight though as you could tell by all our smiling faces and sweating bodies at the end of class.

Thanks to GymBox for the invite.  Your Startford location is super close to my new digs, so I am sure I will be back again soon.

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