Heavy Metal and Yoga Mix in Black Yoga

YO)))GA_Logo_purpleThe Village Voice profiles Kimee and Scott Massie, whose “Black Yoga” class trades New Age soundscapes for heavy metal, stoner rock and more:

This is Black Yoga, a take on the ancient Indian practice/frequent girlfriend bonding ritual for those who “get bored with the sound of birds and waterfalls,” says Kimee, who concocted the class with her husband Scott (vocalist of a thrash band called Storm King). The room is dark, the new-age talk kept to a minimum, and the soundtrack a mix of trip-hop, industrial rock and doom metal.

“I don’t think of it as better or worse than your typical yoga class–just different, for a different crowd,” says Kimee (who also teaches more a traditional class at a suburban health spa).

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  • DeepCough

    This tune is great for aligning my chakras.


    • Calypso_1

      Use that in a bikram room & things would be sultry indeed.

    • jasonpaulhayes

      And through all the darkness and knowledge I’ve gained
      Will carry me
      Building the mountain again and again

      Alone in this fight I believe in myself
      It carries me
      Building the mountain again and again

      They watch over me…
      They watch over me…


  • echar

    Oh man, Dark Buddha Rising is pretty fantastic. I want.

  • Calypso_1

    Even among the Raksasha there are devotees of Dharma.

  • Iuwus

    oh you mean, we don’t have to confine ourselves to one tiny subgenre of ambient music? >.> you’re blowing my mind man.

  • Earthstar

    This is just sad. Let’s do yoga on bath salts now too.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    Okay this next position is called the Downward Cerberus… begin with a Primal Scream and follow by bending over backwards and climbing the walls as you spew black tar vomit. You could just do a Baphmetis Meditation and go for a hike in the woods, works for me.

    Or … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnaClnVnj_c

  • Mike Notlisted

    What most people call Yoga these days is not Yoga. It is just a physical workout.While I listen to a few of the bands mentioned in this article, I don’t find anything about this to be interesting. Just some people who listen to Doom and Drone playing music they prefer listening to in a workout class. More power to the fat asses if they want to get in shape I guess.