Heavy Metal Yoga Courses Offered?

Black Yoga is now a thing...

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Feel the need the need to get in touch with your spiritual side, but don't want to do so at the expense of listening to crushing heavy metal? Black Yoga may have the solution for you. As Metal Insider reports, Black Yoga are running yoga classes with a heavy music soundtrack every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at venues across Pittsburgh. As their official website notes, Black Yoga offers: "Vinyasa (flow) yoga set to drone, noise, stoner metal, ambient, industrial, trip-hop and other traditional meditation music. Incorporating basic poses in a relaxed environment, while focusing on safe body mechanics. Although this is a traditional yoga class in practice, you can definitely expect it to be darker than what you may typically associate with yoga. Using music from an eclectic mix of bands such as Sunn O))), Horseback, Ulver, Tribes of Neurot, Nine Inch Nails, Shelia Shandra, Portishead, etc ... it creates a meditative space for those who may not relate to the birds and the waterfalls ... if you know what I mean." Songs on the playlist include: New Risen Throne – "Orbiting Gates" Sunn O))) – "Orakulum" Genocide Organ – "Their Mighty Slaughter" Wolves in the Throne Room – "Dia Artio" Mustard Gas and Roses – "IV" Ulver – "Theme 03" Earth – "Raiford (the Felon Wind)" Bunk Data – "Angelus Rector" You can find out more information here.

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    i've tried meditating to Meshuggah before. kinda works for some songs. i say meditating but i really just mean sitting still on the floor with my eyes closed and ears open.
    "Ok class, let us begin today by summoning demons from the dark flames of eternal conquest, and from there, we'll move on to our neck stretches"
    Not familiar with the song list
    Neither am I, probably cause I usually don't go heavier than Metallica/Megadeth types of metal. But either way I bet it would be an interesting experience.
    those bands aren't even similar to thrash, totally different spectrum of metal. I wouldn't want to do yoga (not that I would ever do yoga) to Thrash anyway too fast.
    Throw a little tool in there, Planet Caravan by Sabbath, some No Quarter, Explosions in the Sky and OTT and that would be AMAZING!
    "drone, noise, stoner metal, ambient, industrial, trip-hop and other traditional meditation music " lol
    I've done yoga before and I wouldn't mind doing some to metal. It really does make you feel better and my posture has improved to the point where I stand an inch or two taller and I didn't have bad posture before. I'd definitely check this out if it was near me. I could actually see Scale the Summit fitting into a playlist quite nicely too.
    Reading the title I was skeptical, but the song list is actually very good. I was expecting pure metal, but this is in fact doom metal and stoner, which can be very relaxing.
    Strange idea, but that's one killer playlist! (And since they mentioned Horseback, I recommend everyone to listen to the song 'The Invisible Mountain')
    i always listen to metal while i'm doing yoga...usually something like tool or gojira...it feels like you become the eye of the storm
    this is dumb, yoga is about the trendiest thing right now, its for hippies, nothing to do with metal, keep em separate!!
    This is funny because I just listened to Moon Zappa on Marc Maron's podcast saying she kind of wanted to make Zappa Yoga.
    Heavy Metal Yoga? Isn't that an oxymoron? Hmm, perhaps Richard Simmons making a "Sweating to Slipknot" exercise video will be next? j/k
    I would say the riff from the middle section of Slayer - Angel of Death. That is some heavy shit. Am I Evil's riff also should be on the list. Whenever I hear it I just got the chills.