Yoga + Breakdancing! {Video}

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Breakti? Breakti!

I was preparing the derisive jokes before even watching this…but, gotta say, the video converted me pretty well. It looks like fun, it looks like it’d loosen up self-serious yogis, and it looks like it’d do me good on the dance floor and help keep me in good shape.

So, kudos:

What is Breakti? (more info on my website)


Breakti is an effort to create union (yoga) with gravity, music and our collective and individual experiences. We do this by weaving philosophy and specific structural principles of yoga together with music to inform a deeper understanding of our relationship to the floor and to rhythm, ultimately providing a foundation for the more dynamic movement of street dance (i.e. breakin’, house, rocking)

What to expect in class:

• 30-40 minutes of yoga with specific intention and instruction as a warm up and preparation for more dynamic movements that are very much analagous and related to the yoga…
• We take the yoga mats away and throw on our hoodies and long sleeve shirts and dig into the floor. Back spins. Six steps. The physics of balancing on different body parts.
• No experience necessary. At all. Just an open mind and happy feet.

In each part of this series we will focus on a different aspect of the movement.  Topics addressed will include:

  1. Transferring weight and traveling in new ways (outside of walking or running, using hands, shoulders, back, etc.)
  2. Getting comfortable being on your hands
  3. How arm balances in yoga translate to freezes and vice versa
  4. Accessing your core in different positions
  • Uprocking/Toprocking (upright movement) and Go Downs (transitions to the floor)
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    7 Responses to “Yoga + Breakdancing! {Video}”

    1. OTR says:

      Coming soon the yoga of falling down drunk.

    2. Rit says:

      Ah yes! Another 'union' misuse… FYI the union referred to in yoga is to the ineffable oneness. It is often mistaken that anything can be the object of union, but that isn't so. Union of the individual self to more sense pleasures like "…do me good on the dance floor and help keep me in good shape" is a great example of what yoga is not. Of course, in those still practicing Bhoga, sense pleasures, and wanting to be cool, Yoga is often confused with all kinds of things.
      Keep on keepin' on and eventually the light dawns if you keep reading, studying and meditating along with the physical stuff.

    3. Yogini33# says:

      I liked the house music at the end of the second video … Um, I thought I was non-elitist and all for home practice and such; and I am a big fan of hybrid yoga that is way ahead of its time …. but this is not vinyasa yoga … the little popups in it …The essence of the movement should NOT be the music, but the breath

    4. Anya says:

      Thanks Melisse!

      Love that this has stirred up so much controversy! That's what makes the world go round and keeps things evolving. Keep on keepin on.

      Please come to NYC and hang anytime, don't knock it til you try it…

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    6. flowdance says:

      nice, you can find similar concepts in the UK also, visit

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