Last week, while Jessica and I were checking out Body Basics we joined in for a Buti Yoga class. Neither of us had tried it before and it’s the only offering of this style of class in the city, so we decided to give it a whirl. I don’t think it was quite what either of us expected but we both worked up a sweat and had a ton of fun laughing at ourselves.
So what is Buti Yoga?
Buti, pronounced “booty”, originates from an Indian Marathi word meaning “the cure to something hidden or kept”. Buti yoga infuses yoga, tribal dance, and plyometrics, to create an empowering workout for women. The classes focus on activating the Spinal Structure of the core, engaging the deep transverse abdominals. While creating long, lean muscles, the idea is to let go of insecurities and bring out your inner sexiness and confidence. The workout format was created by celebrity trainer Bizzie Gold and launched in 2012 after she started shaking her hips in the middle of holding a pose in a yoga class she was leading when a good song came on. It’s evolved into a world-wide class, building a tribe of strong and healthy women as it’s popularity spreads.
What can you expect from a Buti Yoga workout?
Don’t be fooled by the word yoga in the title. This is far from a traditional yoga class. You will find some of the traditional yoga poses, like down dog, warrior and child’s pose but they will be mixed with lots of hip movement, booty shaking, jumping, and more. It’s a fusion of movement that may make you feel like you belong in an MTV music video. Regulars to the class are often in booty shorts and sports bras, no matter their shape and size, which is encouraged to help women learn to love themselves in their own skin.
That first class just made me feel awkward at times and I laughed my way through a lot of it because I just couldn’t believe I was shaking my asana like that at my age (you know, because I’m so old, haha). When we finished, Jessica had a huge grin on her face after having an absolute blast for the last hour, but I wasn’t sure how I felt about it.
Our instructor had a ton of energy gave us a great workout that I actually did feel the next day, which I loved. I think the large studio with fully bright lights and only a couple other attendees took away from my experience. I would definitely give Buti yoga a second chance, especially at another studio with more people to fuel the energy. I also think if this class had been around several years ago, when I was part of a dance troupe, and later when I worked in a nightclub, I think I would have loved it even more.
Have you ever heard of or tried Buti Yoga?