With good reason, yoga has been around for thousands of years. Practicing yoga has undeniable benefits for everyone. It can prevent injury, improve physical standing in general, relieve pain, help reduce stress, promote weight loss, enhance sexual performance, and so much more. Not to mention the meditative qualities that so many identify with. The practice of yoga lends itself to modification, and boy has it been modified. We introduce to you: Trap yoga.
Hybrid Yoga Forms
Outside of traditional styles that are still popular today, newer styles have come about as a result of those who want all of the benefits of yoga—except their way. Among these is Bikram yoga, a style rooted in intensity and endorsed by celebrities like Madonna and George Clooney. Another hybrid form is Rage yoga, a method derived from the need to express and grapple with anger. Trap yoga has surfaced similarly.
The Pioneering of Trap Yoga
Trap yoga was pioneered by Brandon Copeland, who discovered the benefits of yoga in high school, but felt that the culture wasn’t necessarily inclusive. Of African-American descent, Copeland was proud of his culture and his connection with hip-hop. He is now the owner of Khepera Wellness and wishes to enlighten people to their potential, through trap yoga.
Trap music, a variation of hip hop music, was a way for him to insert his identity into his practice, thus feeling more connected to it. He wanted to share this with his friends and others that he believed could benefit mutually.
What to Expect from a Trap Yoga Class
The best way to describe a trap yoga class would be to compare it to an Ashtanga yoga class, but with trap music. The idea is to find the perfect balance between reaching traditional Ashtanga postures while managing to stay focused through the loud music.
Traditionalists believe the loud music distracts and steers away from the spiritual purpose of yoga. But, those looking to expand their horizons when it comes to yoga believe trap yoga still has its unique benefits, physically, spiritually, and mentally. Today, you can practice postures with bass cranking in the background. The contrast is new, fresh, and innovative.