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Move over yoga; there’s a new kid in town. The latest fitness craze is upon us, but unlike other trends like spinning or bootcamps, this one has a major twist: you can swear, drink alcohol and rock out to heavy metal…all while improving your flexibility, strength and posture.

Sound too good to be true?

Well you better believe it! Rage Yoga has officially hit the market.

Rage Yoga 101

Rage Yoga’s creator, Lindsay-Marie Istace of Calgary, Ontario attests that this newfound sport is targeted at those who want all the benefits of traditional yoga, like improving your flexibility and posture, but have never entered the yoga-sphere. In other words, it’s an approachable take on a traditional practice, catering to those who are uninterested, intimidated or overwhelmed by the activity.

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Lindsay-Marie has put Rage Yoga to the test, first hand. After going through “the really painful breakup of a long term relationship,” she found herself searching for an outlet to unwind, unleash and transpire all of her deep-seated aggressions.

The best way to do that?

Drinking, swearing and heavy metal, of course! According to the official Rage Yoga website, this a unique practice “involving stretching, positional exercises and bad humor” with the added goal of, “attaining good health and to become zen as f*ck.” But why confine this mindset to the mat, “more than just a practice, Rage Yoga is an attitude.”

“You should expect there to be foul language, laughter, and shenanigans. If these offend you, Rage Yoga is not for you.”

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As of now, Rage Yoga is currently offered in Calgary, Canada, but Lindsay-Marie has high hopes and an agenda on making it available to anyone and everyone – via the internet. In fact, she successfully launched and met her goal on the popular crowd fundraiser, Kickstarter, to create a widely accessible comprehensive online program available to all. Keep your eyes peeled; Rage Yoga may be coming to the screen near you!

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Stress and Anger Release: The Science

Rage Yoga hasn’t gone without its critics. Namely, from the traditionalist and purist yoga community, who hold their practice as a highly spiritual process that should not be tampered with or manipulated. According to purists, drinking, heavy metal and swearing should never conspire on the yoga mat. Rage Yogi’s have been quick to respond, arguing that this new take on a long held spiritual custom isn’t meant to taint the sanctity of the practice, but rather, offers a new approachable take for those looking for a physical, emotional and spiritual outlet.

Bottling up your anger, with no viable outlet to unpack it, can have detrimental effects on both your body and mind. In fact, suppressing rage and stress has been linked to the following health conditions:

  • Flare up or induction of an ulcer
  • Three times more likely to have a heart attack
  • Long term bottled up anger correlated with lower life expectancy
  • Higher likelihood of developing bronchitis
  • Insomnia and sleep disorders
  • Infertility and reproductive issues

So it would seem that Rage Yoga, critics and nay-sayers aside, is onto something. Or, at the very least, offering those without viable outlets to unleash their anger, a fun and engaging environment to do so.

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