Tales of My Buti Yoga Experience
● By Kylie Cooper
I can probably count on both hands the amount of yoga classes I have attended in my life. I have tons of friends who love and swear by yoga. I have multiple friends who have or are currently going through training to become a certified Yogi. However, any of the approximate 7 times I have been to a yoga class were more so to tag along with a friend in order to hang out and the workout component was merely an added bonus. Which was exactly the case last Tuesday, when I went to a Buti Yoga class at Yoga Time Studios with my friend, Alex.
The donation-based class ended up being the best thing that happened to me that week. Immediately upon walking in, we were greeted by co-owner, Leah Bess Murray, with a beautiful smile and a rather calming presence. She asked if we had ever been there before, I signed a waiver, and we laid our mats out.
Buti Yoga has been a trend in the health and fitness world for a little over a year now. There are pages and pages of articles on Google that rave about the practice. I had little to zero idea of how it worked or what it focused on before stepping foot in the class that day. I’ll paint you a picture. Imagine a song comes on, with a very catchy beat (What song are you imagining? Mine is "Temperature" by Sean Paul because, duh), and you can’t help but to begin swaying your body along to the rhythm of the song. Essentially, that is what an entire class of Buti Yoga feels like.
Buti, which is a Marathi Indian term for “the cure to something that’s been hidden away or kept secret,” encourages those who practice to look within and discover their full potential in this life. It evokes emotions in you that allow you to become one with the rhythm of the music and feel empowered. So, what is it exactly?
It is a yoga practice that blends together tribal dance and primal movements, plyometrics, and vinyasa-style yoga. It incorporates movements our bodies not only crave, but flourish from. Hormones get balanced, chakras become aligned, your endocrine system is nurtured, and you are able to see just how much rhythm (or lack thereof) you really have. It is challenging and fulfilling.
I am by no means a fitness expert. My glory days of being a high school athlete are far behind me and my primary source of cardio these days are the stairs in the office that lead to my desk (I know, but it’s okay…I’m working on it people). And, I won’t lie to you, this class kicked my buti (see what I did there). It was intense; I had to go into Downward Dog multiple times to catch my breath and then catch back up in the sequence. But, it was worth it.
The music, booming with bass and rhythm, never stops – which in turn, encourages you to never stop either. Even if you are switching to a new pose or movement in the sequence, you never stop moving your body. It was empowering; it made me feel bold, loved, accepted. Although there were only 6 of us in the studio, there was an infectious energy that spread from the instructor to each of us.
At the end of the session, the music changes to a softer mood, the lights are dimmed, and we took a trip to meditation station – where your thoughts are encouraged and your spirit is calmed. With an essential oil blend spritzed on your face and a peaceful, slow transition back to a seated position on the mat, the class ended and I was ready to conquer the world with my new-found self-love and empowerment.When it was all said and done, I was reminded of what my mind and body are both capable of – and that was the most liberating part. I was also sore for a solid 4 days, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere, right.