What an honor it was to share Doom Metal Yoga with so many people at Yogafort 2017 in Boise, ID this weekend. It was my first time ever teaching at a festival and it was lovely to be part of such a friendly and open-minded community. For those of you who asked, you can check out the class playlist here. This playlist is a collaboration between Mystical Hug and Brion Rushton from Radio Boise. Brion was wonderful to work with - check out his show Strange Feeling here.
It was such an honor to be included in Willamette Week's "2017 Reasons to Love Portland" issue, under reason #19, "Portland is metal AF". Even though I had to Google what AF stands for (it's "as fuck" just in case you're still working on your hipster cred., like me) it felt really good to know that even as this city grows and changes, it still embraces the weird and encourages us to experiment with what makes us happy. Check out the full article here.
The first ever Mystical Hug Doom Metal Yoga series wrapped up last night and I feel honored to have been a part of this magical community experience. My favorite part about the class was getting to meet new friends and learning about awesome bands.
For those of you who asked for it, and for anyone who wants to give Doom Metal Yoga a try at home, here's a Spotify link with everything I used in the class. The playlist includes around 5 hours of music - 4 full albums and 1 hour of mixed tunes. Get Mystical Hug Doom Metal Yoga Playlist. SubRosa, Pallbearer, Sumac and Sleep are the bands that I used in the full-album classes. I've seen the first three live and those shows are what originally got me into metal. Just saying...
If you're trying Doom Metal Yoga at home, I have a few recommendations for you:
1) Move slowly (it feels cool - you'll see!)
2) Accept the sounds you hear for what they are and notice how they make you feel without attaching any judgement.
3) Go at your own pace. If you feel like taking your time in a certain pose - that's rad! There's no pressure in yoga, and there's no reason not to stand in mountain pose for 10 minutes if you find yourself feeling great there. Yoga is about more than the postures!
If you are new to yoga entirely, check out YouTube for free lessons. You might have to click around a little bit to find a style of yoga and a teacher you like, but I promise you there's something for everyone. If you don't see a lesson that suits you, let me know and perhaps I'll use it as an excuse to try making one of my own.
Something you might experience could be a sense of internal strength. There's just something about combining this music with yoga that helps me reset, and helps me to return to a sense of peacefulness that the challenges of life can sometimes cobweb over. Finding powerful music that you enjoy and taking an hour out of your life to just breath and move to it is empowering.
If you try it and you hate it don't worry! It probably means your more normal than the rest of us. Metal isn't for everyone. But do give a few different bands a try if you don't love it at first go because the genre of metal is wide-ranging. Just like how Lady Gaga, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and Beyoncé are all broadly under the "pop" umbrella.
Above all, have fun. Set an intention to let go of unneeded stress and to be kind to yourself.
We were so excited when KATU News asked to cover our humble little yoga class last week. A reporter saw our flyer in a coffee shop and decided it would be a great human interest story. It was cool to see our story in the midst of all of the election craziness. Check it out below!
Looking for a gentle morning routine to start your day off right? This 12-minute yoga session will help you wake up your body and start your day with a feeling of peace and aliveness. As with any yoga class, you are encouraged to listen to your body, move at your own pace, and not do any poses that don't feel good for you.
This routine is safe for all levels, but injuries can happen in any yoga class at any time. By choosing to listen to this yoga tape you are agreeing that you can not hold Kali Giaritta liable for any injuries that may occur. OK, sorry I had to say that, but really, have fun!
With all of the anger bubbling on social media this summer, I thought it would be nice to create a comic that highlights how we can have different perspectives and still get along. Sometimes, the opposite of one truth can be another truth.