It’s My Buti-Versary, Y’all!

For those I have not already attempted to convert, here’s a little background:

Buti (pronounced booty) is a “dynamic yoga practice, that includes cardio-intensive bursts of tribal dance, primal movement, and conditioning.” The practice was founded by Bizzie Gold. One of the many goals in Buti is to “sweat with intention.” It brings focus to the importance of listening to your body, challenging it, and healing yourself from the inside out. Not to mention gathering like-minded folks and bonding as part of the Buttisatva community, commonly known as the “tribe.”

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All of this in a yoga class, you say? YES. At least for me. I have been doing Buti (along with a few other types of yoga) at least weekly for the past year.

The studio I belong to is Barre Belle in Downtown Knoxville. I can walk there from work on my lunch break, so when I found out about Buti Yoga, and the fact that your first class at the studio is free, I knew I had to check it out. I’ve been hooked ever since. Part of it is due to the amazing instructors I’ve taken class from, Carrie & Gabriella. But I will also give credit to my dedication. Finding something I love to do, and sticking with it, has made a huge impact on my life.

After only a few days of doing Buti, I took myself down to our local REI and bought a Manduka yoga mat. I can’t stress enough the importance of a good mat for regular practice. It has made a huge difference for me, so even though spending $82 on a mat sounds ridiculous, the cost pays for itself in the long run.

After a year’s worth of work, I can tell how much stronger I’ve become. Whether it’s picking up a rapidly-growing 4 year old, or my ability to do poses and binds I would have previously never thought to try, my hard work is paying off. If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be doing yoga weekly, I would have laughed. Yoga is only for flexible people who don’t have back injuries. For the uninitiated, I’ve been dealing with a back injury since 2005. I thought I would never solve the puzzle, but have made great strides in the last 12-18 months in healing myself.

So, cheers to my Buti-versary! I look forward to celebrating many more in the years to come!

Have you discovered any new passions lately? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

LHB

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