Monday, April 22, 2013
Dallas yogis stretch to live dubstep at “Glow-ga” rave
Where you hold Warrior II until the bass drops.
DALLAS The words “yoga” and “rave” very rarely accompany one another. But last Friday at a discreet warehouse in North Dallas, more than 50 yogis decked in neon garb, black light body paint, and glowstick jewelry gathered at sunset for a unique practice that married this spiritual sport with electronic music.
Glow-ga, as it is known, is a progressive event that takes a more modern approach to the traditional yoga teachings. Twist Power Yoga studio hosts Glow-ga about four times a year, each with a different musical theme. On April 19, Dallas DJ Sukha provided a live dubstep soundtrack to an inventive practice that attracted beginners and experts, both young and old.
“This is by no means serious,” said Amy Johnson, yoga teacher with Twist who was leading the hour and a half session. “Feel free to get off your mat and dance around if you feel so inclined.”
Glow-ga was unconventional in every way. This so-called “warehouse rave” substituted sweaty kids on E with like-minded athletes high on life. From the first Sun Salutation to the last moments of meditation, Glow-ga attendees experienced a different kind of workout full of laughter, group exercises, and visual stimulation.
Johnson cleverly showcased where the two worlds align when she put on LED-tipped gloves and began performing a light show while in Goddess Pose, a stance similar to a wide-legged squat. Even the EDM crowd would have been impressed by her skills.
Yoga is a stern form of discipline and internal reflection, but Glow-ga proved that seriousness can certainly be served with a side of jubilation.
“We loved our neighbors and danced,” said attendee Eric Roberts after the event Friday. “Everyone was there to have fun and get a solid practice in.”Follow @tineywristwatch
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