Electrifying Yoga

IMG_1222 2I’ve spent my fair share of nights getting down to my favorite tracks at local dance clubs. Dancing with a circle of friends, trying to convince myself that my dance moves were better than Michael Jackson’s and not the mother of the bride at a wedding reception. Trust me, if you want to jam out to the electric slide, I’m your guy. In all my years of “sweating it out” on the dance floor, I never expected I’d actually be “sweating it out” on the dance floor attending a Buti yoga class.

I first learned about Buti yoga while attempting to get a random group of strangers to join me dancing the electric slide at Play Dance Bar, a hip dance club located in the Butchertown neighborhood. During my failed attempt, I came to find out that Play hosts a Buti yoga class every Monday and Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. I thought to myself, “What a fun creative way to change up a workout by having classes at a nightclub.” An avid fitness lover, I immediately wanted to find our more.

“Buti yoga is a mixture of power yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics,” instructor Dana McGowan explains. “It’s a perfect combination of cardio-intensive bursts of tribal dance, primal movement plus conditioning woven into a dynamic yoga practice.” McGowan’s mentor and best friend Amy Weber introduced her to Buti yoga a few years ago. “I tried it at home, instantly fell in love and couldn’t wait to experience it in a studio!” she recounts.

IMG_1118 2McGowan was so impassioned by the Buti experience that she immediately got certified in Buti instruction. My biggest question for McGowan was, “Why a dance bar? Why not the traditional hardwood studio?”

“After I got certified, I had no idea where to teach it because I was new to Louisville, but the idea to launch at Play – a perk to being married to one of the business partners – had always been in the back of my mind. So I just decided to try it.” McGowan proudly states. “The lights are amazing and the sound system is insane, and I knew I would never find a studio that had all of that built in. I sometimes have BUTI GLO classes complete with black lights, body paint, glow sticks and a DJ. They say, ‘If you build it, they will come,’ and Louisville has certainly blown my mind with the love they show Buti Yoga at Play!”

After only one class, I have become completely hooked. The energy was through the roof! I was having such a good time I didn’t stop for a moment to realize the benefits of health I was receiving. I truly had an amazing hour of fun with instructors who felt more like my friends at the club rather than a drill sergeant instructor. From the body paint to the electric (non-“slide”) music, I had more fun than Donald Trump at a presidential debate.

Not only did I do something good for my body but I did something beneficial for my spirit. Being healthy is more than just lifting weights and cardio, and Buti yoga is an excellent way to make sure your mental health is as strong as your physical.

For more information visit facebook/butiyogaatplaylouisville or follow on Instagram @butiyoga_atplaylouisville. Classes are held every Monday and Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. and run about an hour long. All levels are welcome! Just bring $10 cash, a yoga mat, water and a smile! More classes will be added in the spring. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Written by Wil Heuser
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