I laughed, I cried, I danced.
It was a night I hope to never forget.
It was BUTI magic.
BUTI yoga, pronounced "boo-tee" yoga, is a life changing experience. It was part yoga practice, part dance class, and part ceremony.
Before going any further into this post, you should know a few things:
I've only ever been to one BUTI yoga class.
I'm far from an expert on the subject.
Two months ago, I would have told you "I can't do group fitness classes." I have a chronic illness called fibromyalgia syndrome and zero coordination or stamina. Group fitness classes are not for me. I was SO wrong!
My self-trust and beliefs were so limited!
What is BUTI yoga?
"Buti Yoga is a dynamic asana practice fused with primal movement, tribal dance, and deep core engagement."
BUTI also introduces whole body shaking that create vibrational change in the body. In other words, BUTI gives space for you to "shake it off."
In class, you'll also be directed to slap / pat the ground beneath you. The first slap may feel weird because, well, when was the last time you slapped the ground beneath you?
It reminded me immediately of what I'd learned about slapping the earth to make wudu if you have no access to water for ritualized washing. Wudu is defined as a physical and spiritual act to purify oneself before starting prayer. It is a calling and an answer all at once.
You will also be welcomed to fill the space, to jump and kick and call out. Anything goes, really, except comparisons. Together we breathe and sweat and heal.
What the BUTI gave me
BUTI opened a realm where movement became the moment. It gave me insight into how much my mind is still in the way of my heart and soul! It let me see how tightly wound up I can be and how easily my heart can crack open and melt when community, music, and movement are involved.
What a beautiful gift.
P.S. The class I took was under infrared light technology. Highly recommend! I'll add a post on the details of infrared later this month. Stay tuned.