What Is Buti Yoga? How To Tap Into Your Feminine Energy With This Intense, New Fitness Routine

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Contrary to what the name "Buti Yoga" sounds like, it's not actually a brand of yoga solely focused on one's backside. This newer form of yoga blends primal-based movements, tribal dance, deep core conditioning, and dynamic yoga 'asna', which means to be seated in a firm but relaxed position. Simply put, it's a more relaxed, free-form way of moving from one position to the next, combined with loud music and lots — and lots — of sweat. 

This new fitness trend is quickly gaining momentum — particularly with women — among both yoga enthusiasts and those new to the practice of yoga.  

The term 'Buti' is an Indian Marathi word that means "the cure to something hidden or kept secret", which implies that the pathway to healing oneself is found from within.

So, how is this different from regular yoga? 

One of the most significant differences is that Buti Yoga is highly influenced by music, which plays a major role in classes. According to instructor Dani Savka,

"The instructors use the music to intuitively cultivate every movement, sequence, and flow, so that we're leading from the heart space and allowing that primal energy to come through.

Another aspect of the Buti Yoga program, which was originally created by personal development and wellness expert, Bizzie Gold, is something called the Spiral Structure Technique, a term trademarked by the company itself. This refers to the release and toning of the body while activating "shakti" — or the divine feminine energy — as it pertains to physicality, emotion, and energy. 

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Since it is a yoga class, obviously fitness goals like toning and flexibility are encouraged, but it is emphasized that the most important point of Buti Yoga is emotional health. Feeling good about yourself and your workouts is what is known as the 'Buti High'.

In today's day and age, when more and more of us suffer from constant stress and anxiety, it's understandable how a workout that emphasizes emotional well-being has been gaining so much popularity.

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Buti Yoga is not only found in studios and gyms, but participants can also access the program at home through DVDs, paid online workouts, and on YouTube.

Savka, who teaches Buti Yoga at LA's Conservatory for the Performing Ars and Zooga Yoga, was a student before deciding to become an instructor. As a former classical ballet dancer who had gone through several series injuries, she found the format uplifting, while also combining music and movement. Her students include all fitness levels and age ranges, from 10-years-old to near 70. 

She encourages anyone trying Buti Yoga for the first time to go in with an open mind. 

"This practice is all about getting out of your head and into your body — and with Buti, we consider each class as a "tribe" — like, we've got your back. There's no sense of competition and we're WITH you instead of seeing who's the most flexible, the strongest, etc." She adds that, "Living in a society where there's still pressure to be, feel, and look a certain way, Buti has been a positive disrupter in the sense that it leads us to be happy with who we are, however unique  we may be — and to show up being happy with the skin we're in and the minds we have."

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Jill Zwarensteyn is a writer and Michigan native. When she's not writing, Jill enjoys Zumba class, travel, and referencing classic Seinfeld episodes.

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