Beer & Cuss Words: Rage Yoga Gives New Meaning to ‘Happy Hour’

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If you drink beer and cuss, you’re already on the brink of the doing the latest health craze here in Texas! “Some people need to release and let go,” says Ashley Duzich on the concept of Rage Yoga. The instructor practices the technique at Brash Brewery in Houston, helping others to learn the process, releasing their tensions and stress.

CBS DFW caught up with Duzich to study the practice of Rage Yoga, which she defines as “a practice that involves breathing, stretching, mudras, yoga postures and a lot of bad humor.” Within the first few seconds of their clip, an audible “bleep” rings out, covering what we can only guess was an expletive. In short, it’s not necessarily tame. “Yoga itself actually means union… so union with yourself,” Duzich explained. “And that’s not always just super-calm, breathing, practicing quiet time, like a lot of yoga places are.”

The Dallas CBS affiliate’s YouTube channel posted their video of Duzich leading her class in Rage Yoga on February 11. Already, a variety of social media pages have picked up the story, leading this writer to wonder if Duzich wasn’t simply bringing to light something we’ve all wanted to do, but haven’t realized it could be incorporated into an actual health practice. “We are all angry about something and we all have been holding onto an ‘F’-bomb for a little bit too long,” she noted. “So that’s what this does – is – it allows you to have a safe space to let go of your and frustration and rage in a healthy way… and then also wash it all away with some ice cold beer.”

A country music station out of Detroit, Michigan (a place that, if any of its people deserved to blow off steam, definitely qualifies), shared the news of Rage Yoga to its Facebook page on Valentines Day. The reader comments were hilarious (as you might expect.) “…now this is a yoga I can get behind,” was a common theme throughout. “…I think I need this some days lol.. can I replace it with wine though?” was another.

Duzich hails from the Texas gulf coast and graduated in 2013 with a degree in Exercise Science from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She hasn’t just made this practice up (although it sounds almost like something from an SNL skit!). There’s an official Rage Yoga website which states that instructors in its techniques have all completed a certification program and have earned a minimum of 200 hours of class instruction under their belts. Can you imagine the regular convos that are overheard at these things?! The laughter you might generate in the process would be enough to make me want to book a class now, never mind the beer that’s being served (bonus!). If you’re in the Houston area, maybe check out one of Duzich’s Rage Yoga classes at Brash Brewery. What have you got to lose besides a bunch of “bleeps?”