Buti Yoga: An Inside Look At The New Cult Yoga Practice
I should start by confessing that I’ve never been into yoga.
This wasn’t what you would call a full-on loathing and lack of appreciation. Oh no, quite the opposite. In fact, I spent years trying and wishing that I could get into yoga. It seemed the perfect pairing to intense dance training and all of my lovely, mindful friends were posting gorgeous pictures of themselves showcasing impressive yoga moves in equally impressive places on social media.
I just couldn’t do it.
I live with an anxiety disorder, and most days with my schedule I’m lucky if I can take a moment to just simply breathe. If you were to ask my mom, she’d tell you with a laugh that I was always the kid going 90 miles a minute. Not always physically, but definitely mentally. When I’ve attempted yoga, it wasn’t the complexity or flexibility required that was difficult. It was the pace. I simply cannot slow down. It would frustrate me to move so slowly, to be forced to tune into myself. I know, it sounds awful, but it’s true.
Because I know of the many benefits yoga can have for the body and soul, I would occasionally sign up for a class in the hopes that maybe, just maybe, my work in coping with my anxiety would allow me to truly enjoy yoga.
This was the case at the beginning of this year when I found myself in desperate need of a class to take my body out of the practically sedentary state it had been in over the winter break.
Then I came across a class called Buti Yoga.
The name and description struck me funny, and I love my instructor to pieces, so I decided to give it a go.
I showed up to class on a Wednesday evening with my yoga mat and the mindset that I was about to take another yoga class that would stretch me physically, but leave me mentally frustrated.
The class began with “Latch” by Sam Smith, followed by Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T” and not long after we were hustling it out to “Halftime” by the Ying Yang Twins. By the mid-class water break, I was sweating more than I ever have in my entire life but I felt so electrically happy. I was hooked.
So what is Buti Yoga exactly?
Buti Yoga is described as plyometrics combined with vinyasa flow and tribal dance, but I’d like to describe it as if yoga was given a quad espresso over ice, hold the cream.
The pace was on fire and yet the vibe in the room was so focused you’d think that it was a slow flow meditation class.
In the months to come, I would find myself unlocking parts of my brain that would carry me through each difficult set to push past to the next break. Without even realizing it, I was strengthening myself mentally and physically which really is the beauty of yoga.
The class offered at my studio was one of the first and still remains one of the only Buti Yoga classes in the Southern major city where I grew up. Until recently, I had no clue that Buti was a movement across the country with a cult following, though I’m not surprised. Buti shakes up your workout routine while toning and energizing. I’ve even found myself with more energy and strength in the class I take that follows my Wednesday Buti Yoga session, no matter how much I’ve sweat.
When trying to thoroughly describe the class to a new studio member, my instructor explained that you just have to try it. I can rave about Buti Yoga as much as I want, but you truly have to experience it for yourself. And thanks to the beauty of online workouts, experiencing Buti Yoga is totally possible.
How to try Buti Yoga for yourself
First, you can go online to butiyoga.com for online workout packages as well as DVD class offerings that will allow you to experience Buti from the comfort of your home.
However, if you’re not wanting to take the plunge in purchasing online workouts or DVD packages, there are several sampler options available on YouTube that will give you an idea of what Buti is all about. You can start with Buti's official channel, which you can find here.
Lastly, if at all possible, I highly encourage you to try a class at a studio offering Buti. There is just something so beautiful and electrifying about taking this class with a group, especially if the instructor cultivates a vibe of inclusivity and empowerment. You can find your nearest Buti Studio here.
A full disclaimer that I would like to make is that I have nothing against the practice of yoga. I simply found myself unable to make it a beneficial part of my life. This is not the majority experience and so I encourage you not only to try Buti Yoga, but to invest time into finding a workout that exercises not only your body but your soul, as well.
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