Disco Yoga has come to London. Specifically, to Trapeze nightclub in Shoreditch, where downward dogs are being practised to the melodious tones of Barry White, Daft Punk and ‘Kung Fu Fighting’.
According to its organisers, Disco Yoga has been billed as an event for ‘health-conscious millennials who love to train hard and party hard’. Rosie Barker and Sarah Hunt, the DJ and yoga teacher respectively who are behind the idea, explain their class has been ‘inspired by a new generation of mindful drinkers’.
The demographic they’re targeting is looking to work out and have a good time simultaneously: ‘the young generation prioritise their health above almost everything else, but they also have a social life to consider’, says Barker. Hunt adds that Disco Yoga offers something different – ‘it’s traditional yoga with a bit of flair to it’, she says. ‘It’s not so important to get the moves right but more important to have a night out and get a workout at the same time.’ Above all, it’s a feel-good thing: ‘Disco yoga is… really upbeat and energised in a way that normal yoga isn’t’, the pair claim.
The concept seems to have arrived at an opportune moment, cresting two waves of millennial pop culture: a revival of disco and the ever-growing love of yoga. According to a recent study by Lancaster University, ‘yoga’ is now one of the top 15 most-used words on British social media. So it seems to make sense that a social dimension of yoga is proving popular in person as well as in the virtual world.
Whether Disco Yoga is really yoga, however, will of course be fiercely debated, though it has surely taken its place within a growing culture of diversified forms of yoga.
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