02:47 GMT18 May 2021
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    If you have ever considered practicing yoga, but are put off because it looks unbearably boring, you might give rage yoga a try, as you are encouraged to swear, drink beer and show your middle finger to everyone.

    The radically unorthodox ‘rage’ approach toward the ancient spiritual and physical practice went viral online at the hands of Canadian yoga practitioner Lindsay Istace, a professional contortionist and fire eater.

    ​Istace initially went to regular yoga classes to restore inner balance following a painful relationship breakup. But she soon realized the sessions weren’t helping her to deal with an overwhelming anger.

    "When I started going to yoga classes, I felt like I didn't really fit in at a lot of those different studios," Istace said to CBC.

    To make yoga more useful for her needs, Istace altered classic yoga poses and swapped gentle music accompaniment with heavy metal. She soon found that the innovations worked, and other practitioners joined her.

    "I wanted to create a practice that I felt comfortable in, and I knew I wasn't alone," Istace notes.

    At her classes practitioners scream and swear as well as make offensive gestures like sticking their middle fingers out. She observed that, when people allow themselves to get to the boiling point in a supportive environment, emotional pressure is relieved.

    "When you create a space for yourself to be angry and to shout and swear and scream, suddenly it's hard to take yourself so seriously,” she explained. "So it goes from anger to laughter pretty quickly. And we have a lot of that going on here."

    Many yoga trainers remain skeptical, Istace admits, as it is known that swearing and consuming intoxicating beverages distracts from the ability to center oneself in the present moment, an experience essential to focused awareness, the spiritual mainstay of yoga practice. Istace ignores the criticism, saying that her yoga tour through breweries across Canada is underway.

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    screaming, beer, training, yoga, Calgary, Canada
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