When people say there is yoga out there for everyone, they aren’t lying. Yoga is flexible, which is why new and unique styles continue to be created. There are a lot of people that enjoy and stick to the traditional style of yoga, which is perfectly fine! However, for some people traditional yoga does not cut it. If you think traditional yoga is too slow-paced and drab, try to flair it up by trying Voga.
Voga is by no means traditional yoga. Yes, you still do yoga poses but with a significant twist. Juliet Murrell fell in love with yoga but wanted to make it her own. She decided to create something that no one had thought of before. She combined her love for yoga and her love for voguing to create Voga. For those that were not around in the 80’s or those who don’t know a lot about that era, the term voguing may seem foreign to you. The term voguing comes from the 80’s dance craze that Madonna mentions in her song Vogue. Voguing is when you dance using model-like poses integrated with angular and rigid body movements. Basically, you are posing like a model over and over again, creating a type of dance. These dance poses are typically inspired by the models in Vogue magazine. Those who show up for Voga are usually decked out in 80’s throwback workout gear. Instead of yoga pants, people come to Voga wearing vintage swimsuits and leotards to get their work out on.
How do you combine a calming exercise with a 1980’s dance? Surprisingly, Juliet Murrell combined the two totally different exercises perfectly. A Voga class consists of a yoga-style flow that incorporates Vogue-like poses. These poses are meant to be fun and energizing. Typically, classes end up feeling more like a night out on the town than a yoga class, but this could be because classes are usually held in bars and clubs. Traditional yoga classes are either held in silence or with soft music in the background in order to create a calming environment. This is the opposite of what the environment feels like during a Voga class. During class, 80’s music is constantly booming to create an uplifting, party atmosphere. The music also pushes those participating in the class further. Even though it’s fun, Voga is a pretty intense workout.
Voga is not widely known, but it is gaining some followers. At the moment, Juliet Murrell only has one studio open called the “House of Voga” in London. However, Voga studios could very well start to pop up all over the place. Voga is bringing the 80’s back in a tremendous way.