While the ancient practice of yoga has been
around for thousands of years, new, modified–and sometimes odd– yoga forms like
goat yoga, beer yoga and stoned yoga became popular just a few years ago. And
now we have the dance yoga variation – Buti Yoga.
Created by Bizzie Gold in 2012, Buti Yoga quickly
became the obsession of celebrities like Jennifer Love Hewitt. The practice is
a combination of traditional yoga moves, tribal dance and plyometrics (also
known as ‘jump training’). These high intensity dance yoga classes can burn up
to 800 to 1,000 calories a session and, just like in a hot yoga class, be
prepared to SWEAT.
Buti is a Marathi Indian term that can be
translated as, “…the cure to something that’s been hidden away or secret.”
And it seems like these classes do just that. People rave about the mental
wellbeing they feel after a session and say they are inspired and energized in ways
they haven’t felt in awhile.
describes the practice as this way. “”Buti Yoga is a powerful blend of
tribal dance and primal movements, plyometrics and vinyasa-style yoga. It
is not your guru’s yoga. Buti is for the boss babes (and) every woman
and any man comfortable enough with his sexuality.”
If that doesn’t peak your interest, we don’t
know what will.
The Evolution of Yoga
Just as language modifies with the times, so
does fitness, and a practice 6,000 years old is bound to have some evolutions.
Plus, when we are shorter on time than ever, we feel the need to condense our
exercise routines. This makes a HIIT Yoga class, such as Buti Yoga, very
appealing. Think of it this way: Buti
combines mental wellness with physical fitness with a hint of dance yoga,
helping you feel revived and restored but also confident and powerful. That’s a
lot of therapy in one class.
Sweat without the Price Tag
Buti Yoga offers the same confidence boosting
playlist as a Soul Cycle experience without the $40 dollar price tag–and you’ll
see results. It also gives you the same detox a sweat yoga class might, without
a high temperature room. This means you can do this practice at home with a
fitness DVD or YouTube series. It’s not surprising. (Take a look at the
instructors’ abs and you’ll see why Buti Yoga has quickly climbed the ranks of
popular fitness trends.)
Honoring the Traditions of Yoga
Not all yoga enthusiasts are fans of Buti. Some
in the community feel that Buti Yoga is the cultural appropriation of Indian
culture. It’s true that Buti Yoga contains very little of the mental practice
of traditional yoga. And the combination of aerobic exercise and yoga moves
makes Buti a far cry from the yoga of 6,000 years ago. Just like some of the yoga
practices we listed above, it can feel like another erasure of Indian culture.
Culture appropriation can be a difficult topic,
as there are those who want to enjoy a yoga practice that brings them a lot of
joy and happiness. However, we can look inward and honor the yogis and culture
that developed it. Awareness and respect can go a long way.
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 The Independent, “Buti Yoga: What is it, what are the benefits and where can you find it?” Sabrina Barr, March 2018
 Yogi Approved, “What is Buti Yoga + Why Are So Many Women Obsessing Over It?” Ashton August