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Buti Yoga: Combining Yoga and Dancing in a Rhythmic and Passionate Way

By Guest Blogger: Miriam 

You may have heard about Buti yoga; lately, it has been all the buzz. Thanks to social media sharing and, of course, to the celebrity attention it has garnered, this new yoga style is presently among the most popular ones.

Combining bits of rhythmic yoga from various sub-styles (mainly Vinyasa yoga), plyometrics, as well as dancing, Buti yoga is something completely new and considered revolutionary by the women who already practice it. Based on the enthusiasm of attendees and the reported fitness results they experience, the main media outlets of the world have equated Buti yoga with a women’s spiritual empowerment movement.

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Are things really that extraordinary when it comes to this new yoga type? Let’s explore everything you need to know about Buti yoga together!

Created by a celebrity trainer (the creator of the Buti yoga style is Bizzie Gold), the practice has quickly been picked up by selected yoga studios around the world. Even though there aren’t a lot of locations where certified trainers can guide you through Buti yoga, more centers will surely follow the trend soon. With such a cult following, garnered in so little time, how could yoga studios ignore this style that women have taken to so well?

What Is Buti Yoga?

Do you ever burst into a little dance when you are by yourself and happen to hear a song you like? If the answer is yes, then you should know that this kind of energy is at the heart of the Buti yoga movement. It is all about moving to the beat, with joy, passion, and enthusiasm. A session of Buti yoga is a cardio-intensive form of exercise, packing a powerful punch in terms of calorie burn and all-over muscle workout.

Technically, Buti yoga combines moves and principles from plyometrics, tribal dancing, Vinyasa yoga and some Pilates influences as well. If you watch a group of Buti yoga participants during practice, you might be taken aback by their energy and drive, thinking that maybe you are watching a group of professional dancers rehearsing for filming a pop song video.

Sometimes, Buti yoga is even practiced with glow in the dark props, which further contributes to the glam party feeling of the entire experience.

Even if the Buti yoga practice seems challenging when seen from afar, don’t worry: one of the core principles of this yoga style is joy and compassion. There is no pressure to do anything you are not ready for, and any Buti yoga class is open to participants of all levels. Even if you cannot follow what the trainer or the more experienced class-goers are doing, do what you can and it will be enough.

The main idea is to feel the joy of moving and of following the beat. Since the enthusiasm and energy of the other participants are contagious, you can enjoy following along as you can, even if you are slower at first.

So, in a nutshell, Buti yoga has been called ‘not your regular guru’s yoga’, meaning that it’s not at all about meditation or lying still, and it’s all about the movement, passion, and rhythm of dancing. But, at the same time, according to its creator Billie Gold, as well as other Buti yoga trainers across the world, the style still aims to be a spiritual movement as well.

The spiritual side of the Buti yoga practice manifests in the empowerment the style wants to bring into women’s lives. Buti yoga is about compassion, acceptance, and joy (admitting participants of all levels of fitness into their ranks), and about helping women feel and look their best while getting stronger and fitter (hence the empowerment part). The community part of the practice is also emphasized in the Buti yoga philosophy, which sets out to inspire women to connect and support each other in their quest for health and happiness.

Video by Self Magazine

What Are the Benefits of Buti Yoga?

Besides the regular, science-backed benefits of a cardio workout that you should expect from a Buti yoga class, this yoga style claims to come with some unique perks. While there’s no scientifically proven evidence yet, since the practice is still new, some of these claims can easily be seen with the naked eye, especially those regarding muscle tone and definition.

Buti yoga trainers swear by the following results and benefits of constant Buti yoga practice:

  • Better definition and strengthening of core and abdominal muscles (more so than other cardio workouts or other yoga styles);
  • A good dose of stimulation for your endocrine system, resulting in an overall balanced and improved health for your entire body;
  • Better pose and more grace and poise with every movement;
  • Improved body stability and strength, and even some added self-defense prowess;
  • An overall sculpted and firm physical shape;
  • Increased self-confidence, stamina and a newfound love of dancing.

About the Author

Miriam is in charge of the BookYogaRetreats blog and has a background in anthropology, which makes her completely fascinated with cultural expressions. When she's not doing marketing stuff, she drinks tea or pets the neighborhood cats. She relishes the rare spare moment to write about something she loves and tries to make the most of it.