If the last thing you ever expected your yoga teacher to say is, “OK, now f*cking jump into crow!,” welcome to 2016, where “Rage Yoga” is a thing that exists in Canada.
The brainchild of instructor Lindsay Istace, Rage Yoga involves “stretching, positional exercises, and bad humor, with the goal of attaining good health and to become Zen as f*ck,” Istace explains on the website. “More than just a practice, Rage Yoga is an attitude.”
Before starting yoga, “I had zero confidence, rage issues and, on top of it all, the muscle mass of a kitchen sponge,” Istace writes. A typical vinyasa practice wouldn’t do.
“When I started going to yoga classes, I felt like I didn’t really fit in at a lot of those different studios,” Istace told Calgary’s CBC News. “There’s a very deadpan, serious, overly serene approach to things. And that’s just not how I roll.”
And she may be onto something: science says swearing during a workout can actually help you improve (and push past) your pain threshold.
And don’t worry, those f-bombs won’t be bouncing off the walls of a sun-filled studio. Rage Yoga is held in a bar. (There’s motivation if we’ve ever heard it to to really, really clean your yoga mat.)
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about anger as a tool: This Pilates guru writes in a “rage journal” every night.