Ever tried a downward dog while belting out your favourite Beatles tune? Now’s your chance: yogis bored with their asanas are pepping it up with karaoke yoga — at least that is the wackiest new trend taking off in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles-based yoga instructor Jennifer Pastiloff devised the class at the luxury gym Equinox, and enlisting the aid of DJ Gina Mooring, created a one-hour joy-based yoga-singing class that has attracted a hearty following of students — and plenty of media buzz, including a segment on the US-based television show, Good Morning America.
“If you’re looking for a strict, alignment-based yoga class, don’t come because this isn’t one of them,” says Pastiloff.
“This is about having the workout of your life, singing, dancing, feeling silly,” she added. 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,” says Pastiloff. The class comes complete with a television screen for song lyrics, and you can expect group renditions (no solos) of popular hits by Elton John, Journey, Michael Jackson, Adele, and the biggest tearjeaker, Let It Be Me by the Beatles.
“Everyone always gets emotional with that one,” says Pastiloff, who also teaches private vinyasa-based yoga lessons to celebrities, launched the class last December and is soon taking karaoke yoga on the road to launch classes in Chicago and New York.
Other creative approaches to yoga
Suspension yoga, or anti-gravity yoga, uses a specially-designed harness to offer the low-impact benefits of inversion therapy, combined with yoga’s emphasis on strength and flexibility, all while performing Cirque du Soleil-inspired poses. Or for yogis who crave cardio, Yoga Spinning is a hot new trend launched in New York by Spinning teacher and yogi, Noll Danial.