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Sing It From Tadasana: Karaoke Yoga Catches On

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And then there was Karaoke Yoga. Now you can get your yoga on and be annoyed not only by your neighbor’s stinky feet but their shrillish pitchiness belting Journey in your ear! We kid. Everyone knows yogis have voices like 80s hair band angels. LA-based yoga teacher Jennifer Pastiloff holds these special throat chakra workout classes at Equinox and warns they are not for traditionalists.

Via NY Daily News:

“If you’re looking for a strict, alignment-based yoga class, don’t come because this isn’t one of them,” Pastiloff told Relaxnews. “This is about having the workout of your life, singing, dancing, feeling silly.” The benefit, she says, is not only opening your body through yoga but feeling connected to the other students through the process of group singing. “People are starved for connection in the world, and this class can offer that.”

Only a matter of time? The tradition of chanting plus Sadie Nardini’s “rock”ing yoga, yoga raves, the Wanderlust yoga party phenomenon, LA’s penchant for the perfect playlist. It was the natural progression! The song and dance salutes sound fun and all, but we have just one question, where’s the hooch?

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6 comments… add one

  • Shamanic_Rite

    I detect the minor key and cadence of the more Eastern music influence in your selection

    So why not go all the way and do it with kirtan music, (preferably to slow flow) or are you afraid of a little Sanskrit?

    (Of course, Kirtan is possibly karaoke’s best kept bliss-inducing secret ….)

  • I do love a good kirtan, have to say. :)

    But, I don’t know if I’d go in for this sort of class. I might. I like having fun. That might be a yoga-sin, but there you go. I usually work my comedic material when I teach. It’s been falling flat lately. I’m going to say that it’s because it’s winter, not because my comedy isn’t good.

    I do think it sounds like fun, though. :D

  • This class looks like so much fun! People always take yoga so seriously, and i feel like this is such a good change in pace. There are these hair ties and head bands that I always wear when i do yoga http://www.mykitsch.com and they have great sayings on them that are fun an inspiring. check them out!

  • Ow wow. I got kicked out of the choir for lack of interest. I like a good chant as much as anyone, but this reminds me way too much of singing Kumbaya on school camps…

  • Singing Nun

    They seem to be having fun and not taking themselves too seriously, so I say rock on. This class is a natural for the new yoga studio/bar in Bushwick. That would also provide for lack of said “hooch”.

  • Madge

    One of the sloppiest yoga teachers I’ve ever seen….. and off key yelling does not bring anyone any closer to union!!!

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