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What to Expect at Buti Yoga

Last week, while Jessica and I were checking out Body Basics we joined in for a Buti Yoga class. Neither of us had tried it before and it’s the only offering of this style of class in the city, so we decided to give it a whirl. I don’t think it was quite what either of us expected but we both worked up a sweat and had a ton of fun laughing at ourselves.

What to expect at Buti Yoga

So what is Buti Yoga?

Buti, pronounced “booty”, originates from an Indian Marathi word meaning “the cure to something hidden or kept”. Buti yoga infuses yoga, tribal dance, and plyometrics, to create an empowering workout for women. The classes focus on activating the Spinal Structure of the core, engaging the deep transverse abdominals. While creating long, lean muscles, the idea is to let go of insecurities and bring out your inner sexiness and confidence.  The workout format was created by celebrity trainer Bizzie Gold and launched in 2012 after she started shaking her hips in the middle of holding a pose in a yoga class she was leading when a good song came on. It’s evolved into a world-wide class, building a tribe of strong and healthy women as it’s popularity spreads.

What can you expect from a Buti Yoga workout?

Don’t be fooled by the word yoga in the title. This is far from a traditional yoga class. You will find some of the traditional yoga poses, like down dog, warrior and child’s pose but they will be mixed with lots of hip movement, booty shaking, jumping, and more. It’s a fusion of movement that may make you feel like you belong in an MTV music video. Regulars to the class are often in booty shorts and sports bras, no matter their shape and size, which is encouraged to help women learn to love themselves in their own skin.

That first class just made me feel awkward at times and I laughed my way through a lot of it because I just couldn’t believe I was shaking my asana like that at my age (you know, because I’m so old, haha). When we finished, Jessica had a huge grin on her face after having an absolute blast for the last hour, but I wasn’t sure how I felt about it.

Our instructor had a ton of energy gave us a great workout that I actually did feel the next day, which I loved. I think the large studio with fully bright lights and only a couple other attendees took away from my experience. I would definitely give Buti yoga a second chance, especially at another studio with more people to fuel the energy. I also think if this class had been around several years ago, when I was part of a dance troupe, and later when I worked in a nightclub, I think I would have loved it even more.

Have you ever heard of or tried Buti Yoga?


  • February 15, 2017 - 8:53 am | Permalink

    I have never heard of it! Anything that requires coordination scares me off lol. I hear you, I would have been the same as you with not a ton of people around.

    • February 15, 2017 - 6:17 pm | Permalink

      It doesn’t really require coordination like a Jazzercise class would.

  • February 15, 2017 - 9:36 am | Permalink

    I definitely read this at Butt yoga. As I’m sure most of us do – hahaah. I’ve never heard of this style before. Looks fun!

    • February 15, 2017 - 6:17 pm | Permalink

      You’ll have to try a class on one of your Calgary adventures!

  • February 15, 2017 - 9:51 am | Permalink

    i like buti with many people in a dark room. same as when i do a kundalini practice. it allows people to be more free.

    • February 15, 2017 - 6:13 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I think the atmosphere makes all the difference!

  • Alison
    February 15, 2017 - 9:59 am | Permalink

    This sounds interesting! I do love a workout you laugh your way through though! Never heard of this one before!

    • February 15, 2017 - 6:12 pm | Permalink

      There’s a couple spots in Calgary that offer it, you should check it out!

  • February 16, 2017 - 10:42 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never heard of this before, but sounds like it could be a lot of fun! If the lights were dimmed! Haha.

  • March 7, 2017 - 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I love yoga and I feel every part of my body engaged when doing the poses. Great post, Becky!

  • Lorelei
    March 24, 2017 - 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I’m so happy that you ladies came to check out the Buti Yoga class and that you enjoyed it! It’s an amazing practice. There are a couple of Buti Yoga events coming up in April at Chair Tease Dance Studio so hopefully you can make it back to try it out again. Better lighting I promise 😉

    • March 25, 2017 - 9:58 am | Permalink

      Hi Lorelei! I was thinking of you, you should approach The Forum or Studio Pilates to see if they’d be interested in having you teach Buti Yoga there, they’d be good spaces for you!

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