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"Rage Yoga" Trades Quiet and Zen for Swearing and Beer

Rage Yoga

Just when you thought yoga trends couldn't get any weirder than cat yoga (hey, don't knock it until you try it!), a new way to get your om on has emerged: rage yoga.

Held inside a dark Canadian (Calgarian, to be exact, in case you're already packing your mat) bar, rage yoga classes swap water and quiet for beer and heavy metal. Founded and led by Lindsay Istace, "rage yoga is like regular yoga...only with more swearing and shenanigans," according to the group's Facebook page. The goal? "To attain good health and to become zen as f"ck," says Istace's site. Sign up and you'll receive tickets for two free draft pints at the bar.

While it may sound like the exact opposite of peaceful, a class filled with f-bombs and beer bottles might actually have its health benefits. We can't guarantee drinking a brew in an inverted position won't make you a little nauseous, but it turns out beer can hydrate just as well as water after a run. (P.S. Here's Why Some Workouts Make You Feel Like Throwing Up.) Choose a particularly hops-heavy beer for some added cognitive benefits too, as one study found that compounds in hops may help protect your brain against decline from neurodegenerative diseases like dementia. (And, as if you needed more convincing, here are more Healthy Reasons to Be Drinking Beer.)

As for the swearing? Well, you know when you're so angry, sad, and frustrated that no other PG word will suffice? Not only does releasing that tension by swearing just plain feel good (duh), but research has also found that swearing may actually increase pain tolerance. Put it into action: Next time your shoulder starts to ache in a handstand or your abs start to quake during a single-leg plank, let out the four-letter word of you choice, stick it a little longer, and we bet you'll feel pretty damn strong afterward.


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