What do I need to bring for the session?
Please wear comfortable clothes that you can bend and stretch in, and bring a yoga mat if you have one, a blanket, a cushion and a bottle of water. You might want to bring earplugs if you are very sensitive to deep bass lines. If you have a strap or a scarf it might be useful, and a yoga block too if you have one, but not essential. Dru yoga is not as heavy on the use of equipment as other yoga styles such as Iyengar.
Do I need loads of expensive gear to do yoga?
No. You can do yoga with a bit of space to lie down, comfortable clothes and a blanket. If you want to use a yoga mat, I have a limited number to lend for each session, or you can buy one. Yoga mats come in all sizes, thicknesses, colours and price range, from a fiver in Lidl to hundreds of pounds for a top of the range designer natural rubber mat (It costs a lot to save the planet!). Please see our Kit section for stuff that we like.
This Yoga stuff’s just for women, isn’t it?
While it’s true that most classes are attended by women, more and more men are discovering the benefits of yoga for themselves. Some of the Dru Yoga senior teachers have worked with Liverpool Football Club and have been endorsed by Pepe Reina, former Liverpool goalkeeper and player on the Spanish national team. Diamond Dallas Paige, the former American Wrestler, has created his own style of yoga, now called DDP, but his original book was called ‘YRG: Yoga for Regular Guys’, which had a foreword by Rob Zombie. If it’s good enough for Rob Zombie, it’s good enough for me!
I can’t stand the hippy bollox; is there going to be much?
I strongly believe that yoga without the hippy bollox is just Pilates. It’s the visualisation and affirmation in Dru yoga, as well as the moving with the breath, that really make it work. However, the use of mind-numbing Sanskrit terminology can be kept to a minimum if you find it a turn-off!
Aren’t you people all Satanists or something?
No. Just because we wear black does not mean we are Satanists, although some people might be. I am a Ritual Magician in practise, but I don’t worship the Devil. Yoga is a path of personal development and each person is responsible for where that path takes them. It is not a cult, and you don’t have to sign up for anything. The visualisations used in class can be taken for decoration only, or you can use them to add colour to the experience and trigger positive emotions.
I’m not flexible enough to do yoga, do I have to be able to wrap my right leg behind my left ear?
No! You do yoga to become flexible! In Dru yoga we emphasise keeping the joints soft rather than locked, and working with the body to stretch as much as it wants or needs to. If you have mobility issues, modifications can always be made, even down to doing most of the session sitting in a chair. Powerful transformations have occurred in people with severe mobility problems simply by starting off visualising the moves.
How do I get this in my area?
If you are interested in hosting a Yoga in Black workshop in your area, please contact us and we’ll talk!
Is this the same as Black Yoga?
Yoga in Black is inspired by BLACK YO)))GA from Pittsburg PA, but is not the same style. I have been using Dark Ambient music in my workshops for over a year, but was inspired by the Black Yoga phenomenon to expand the playlist to use Doom Metal, Drone and Stoner Rock. I teach a different style of yoga from Kimmee Massie, so I am sticking with what I know.