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FINALLY: You Can Sing Karaoke While Taking a Yoga Class

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If you think yoga is too zen and could use some livening up, this could be the answer to your prayers: Karaoke Yoga.

Yes, such a thing exists, and it was created here in Los Angeles by Equinox instructor Jennifer Pastiloff. Her "joy-based" yoga-singing class is profiled today in the NY Daily News. Thank god, because we had never heard of this!

Busy singers on the go, if you're thinking you can practice your "American Idol" audition tune while getting in your workout, a warning: There are no solos, it's all group singing. A television screen shows the lyrics to tunes the whole class sings. Expect big hits from people like Elton John, Adele, Michael Jackson, and of course, Journey--because how can you have gone so many years doing your sun salutation poses without simultaneously belting out "Don't Stop Believin'"?

Strict yogis, this class is not going to be your cup of green tea, since the emphasis is on " having the workout of your life, singing, dancing, feeling silly," says Pastiloff. (You might prefer your downward dogs with dining, like in this yoga-centric supper club we recently checked out.)

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Pastiloff explains the genesis of the class and what participants get from the experience in a blog post:

So what is it? It is, in a word: JOY.

It is what I always dreamed was possible. People being authentic and fearless and being inspired.
It is food for your soul.

It is yoga without taking yourself too seriously.

It is singing your heart out and laughing and dancing and balancing and sweating and letting go of all your fears.

It is connecting and letting your inner light shine.

It is finding your inner rockstar.

It is being silly and not giving a damn.

It is NOT about alignment.

It is NOT about being perfect.

It is NOT about singing well.

It is about being the most you.

It is about being authentic.

It is connecting some of the greatest pleasures I know of in life: dancing, singing, yoga, connecting and good old fashioned rock'n'roll.

Um, om? Yeah, not so much. Here's a video of part of a class in Pasadena.