Rage Yoga: The new gym class that lets you drink wine while you work out (seriously!)

Ever felt out of place or unfulfilled in a modern yoga studio? This could be the answer…

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Ever felt out of place or unfulfilled in a modern yoga studio? This could be the answer…

There is a new exercise trend taking over the world, and it's completely blowing our minds.

Disclaimer: This is not for the ‘Yoga Goddesses’ among us, so if you are a Gwyneth Paltrow in the making who loves the taste of nutritious kale juice and finds silent yoga poses genuinely therapeutic, this might not be for you.

But for those among us who want to reap the benefits of the spiritual exercise - but fail to get adequate stress relief from wobbling along in silence - Rage Yoga could be for you.

What is Rage Yoga? Well, it’s pretty simple really – Rage Yoga is exactly the same as normal yoga except with a few ‘minor’ tweaks. For one – swearing is encouraged, booze is allowed and heavy metal is a must (Metallica and Black Sabbath in particular).

Ok – so it's pretty different.

‘Rage yoga is for those who love yoga but do not fit into conventional classes’, explained Lindsay-Marie Istace: the inventor of this new approach to Zen. 'On and off the mat, Rage Yoga is an attitude. Centered, confident and giving zero fucks.’

Despite being intended for stress release, Yoga is not for everyone and unwinding requires a little more aggression for some.

‘Before I found my practice I was a stress case all the time! My mind was constantly running a mile a minute and I couldn't slow down,' Lindsay adds. 'I had zero confidence, rage issues and, on top of it all, the muscle mass of a kitchen sponge.’

Now, the Rage Yoga Guru is the proud creator of the newest trend, helping those like herself who want to improve their balance, flexibility and posture, but do not feel comfortable in conventional classes - or for those who just have a little bit more aggression. As it stands, it's only available in Canada - but we reckon it'll take off here before long!

So, if a silent room of downward dogging Yoginis fails to impress you or you’ve just had a bad day – why not turn on some loud music, grab a mat, pour yourself a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and give Rage Yoga a go?


Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.