Am I a Beyonce fan? Sure. I like her music and she’s definitely a badass. Do I sit at my computer and wait for her to drop a new album? No. When my friend raved about Priya Hot Yoga’s Beyonce Experience class and suggested we attend the next one together, I was definitely down but also a little nervous. Would I be in a room filled with members of the Hive? Would they shun me for not knowing all the words to Lemonade?
Lead by Brittany Policastro, the class was a serious exercise in female empowerment (the class is open to any gender but this one was dudeless) and confidence building. She apologized for being injured and not being able to fully participate in the class, but DAYUM. I wish I had half the moves she does, injury or not. She gently forced us out of our comfort zone (I don’t think anyone is used to booty poppin after some sun salutations) and created a safe space for people to express themselves. WE DANCED IN A CIRCLE! What other yoga class is going to help you do that?
It was great to spend 90 minutes in a judgment-free zone where I was free to sing off key to Irreplaceable while in pigeon pose. I normally find that pose to be therapeutic, but who knew how much better I would feel after belting out some tunes with it?
While the next Beyonce Experience isn’t scheduled until January, Priya will be starting a series of classes with musical themes. I can’t wait to text my friend when the schedule comes out to say “Let’s get into formation.”