Over the weekend, I had the pleasure to attend the Heart Beat Up yoga event in Zurich. Hosted by Deddou from Pop Up Yoga and Liora, the event converts your yoga mat into a dance floor and sprinkles good vibes like confetti in your body and heart. Imagine holding downward dog to funky hip hop tunes and lying in shavasanah while admiring the twinkling disco lights on the ceiling. Who wouldn’t love that?
The event started off with a 90 minute Hip-Hop yoga session with Liora – we first did some gentle flows accompanied by a DJ mixing the beats and later on did some core work and handstand practice in pairs of three. In case you’ve never done yoga to Hip Hop before, let me tell you that it is a completely different experience to your typical yogi practice with meditative music. You feel so ‘up beat’, letting loose of all yoga stigmas and can flow freely whichever way you like. Anything is allowed, and it’s just so damn liberating.
Then it was time for yoga session round 2: deep-house yoga flow with Deddou. Her teaching style is all about letting loose, jumping around and just being silly. No judgement allowed here. After a couple rounds of vinyasas we partnered up yet again for a partner yoga sesh that got us laughing, stumbling and falling around all over the place. The event ended with a big dance off at the end of the night!
The whole thing was so different to any yoga event I’ve ever been to and I just love the concept. We tend to take ourselves too serious at times, getting wrapped up in the tiny details of life and killing our creativity by trying to stick within a narrowly defined box. But here we had the permission to just be ourselves, to let loose and let the inner kiddo go crazy! I haven’t danced like this in ages and left Zurich feeling exhilarated and liberated. Bring it on new week, I’m ready for ya.