Soul Pose Yoga is the latest and perhaps one of the most unique events in the yoga world right now. Also known as “The Happiest Yoga on The Planet”, Soul Pose is founded by the creators of the The Color Run, a paint race where you’re drenched in all the colors of the rainbow by the time you reach the finish line.
What Can We Expect From Soul Pose Yoga?
Following the tradition of The Color Run, what you can expect from this event is lots fun! Soul Pose Yoga is a huge, interactive, blacklight party celebrating yoga, togetherness, and living life to the fullest!
I was fortunate to attend the first ever Soul Pose event held in Canada in the city of Montreal on Sunday Nov. 20 with my sister. Although she isn’t into yoga, my sister was a former participant in The Color Run. When she saw the short video of the event, she was just as excited as me and purchased her ticket immediately.
The Blacklight Soul Pose Yoga Pre-Party
I’m not at all surprised that all the sessions that weekend in Montreal were sold-out. If you watched the short clip then you know why.
When we arrived at the venue early Sunday morning, the check-in process already started and there was a lot people waiting outdoors. For some reason, I didn’t expect that many people to show up before 8:00 am on a cold, rainy Sunday morning. But they did and you can feel the excitement and enthusiasm all around.
Once we got inside and got to coat-check, we went to pick up the goodies that were included in our registration.
The stuff we got for the Soul Pose Yoga session was:
- The Namaste entrance bracelet
- A Soul Pose yoga mat (don’t expect anything high-end— it started to shred as soon as my fingernails dug into it)
- A microfiber Soul Pose yoga hand towel (good to keep my grip on the mat and stop my hands from slipping)
- Soul Pose LED bracelet (which was supposedly pre-programmed to follow with the teacher’s routine)
- Glow pens (to color the yoga mat with)
After we got the goodies, it was time for the best part: the time to really get inspired and unleash all our creativity in body painting! Although it was very crowded inside the venue at this point, my sis and I managed to grab a couple of neon body paint markers and we created our works of art on our arms and hands.
I’m telling you, it was so stunning to see all the tribal and floral designs painted on everyone! Once the war paint was applied we checked out the sponsor and vendor booths, mingled with people, and of course took lots of pictures.
The Soul Pose Yoga Experience
Once we entered the main room where the yoga session was going to take place, we were greeted with blacklights. It was a really incredible sight. It felt like we were in some hip nightclub or in some virtual reality game.
Shortly after we settled and listened to the introduction presentation, the yoga instructor came on the podium and started our session off by asking us to write our intention with our glow pen markers on our mats. I honestly forgot what I wrote on mine. Oops. But I did write “I Love My Life!” on it. 🙂
The sequence of poses was straightforward and very repetitive. I think the reason why we kept on repeating the same poses was because there literally wasn’t enough room for us to other ones. There was no space between the mats so it was very easy to accidentally hit your neighbor with your arm (which I did nevertheless on one occasion).
Seeing that this was the first event held in Montreal, I assume that the organizers weren’t sure of the turnout and they rented a smaller venue and just crammed it with people at the maximum capacity. I hope that next time they will rent a larger venue.
Soul Pose Yoga markets the yoga session to be more of a celebration and less meditation. And what a celebration it was! Instead of focusing on our breath like we traditionally do in yoga, the intention was to have lots of fun in and twist the traditional poses in a fun-spirited way. It’s like we were releasing the inner child of us. Oh I almost forgot! At some point, we even did some twerking in Miley Cyrus style!
*Note: I have to clarity this bit for the aspiring yogis out there: yoga is not meditation! They are two different things. But yoga does help us prepare for meditation.
Midway through the yoga session, we threw the confetti, which was the best part. Thankfully the party wasn’t over yet so we continued, but I do wish that we threw the confetti again for the finale.
Just in case you were wondering about the demographics, I would say that 90% of participants were women and 10% men. While all the promos I’ve seen so far target Soul Pose Yoga as an event for women, men can also enjoy this unconventional twist of yoga.
While Soul Pose Yoga was a great event, I do want to mention three drawbacks.
First, I was disappointed that there were no bubble machines at the Montreal event. Perhaps this was an issue with the management of the venue? I hope that next time there will some.
Also, the promos also mentioned that we would have dance breaks which we did not get.
But the biggest disappointment for me was that Soul Pose Yoga was carried out only in French. Now I don’t want to get into the language politics here, but I’m sure we can all agree that the Soul Pose event in Montreal would have been more accessible to more people if it was bilingual. Anytime I go to an exercise class at the gym or to yoga class, teachers instruct in both languages so that everyone is engaged and doesn’t feel left out.
So while there are certain things that can be improved in Soul Pose Yoga, I had a really great time overall. Soul Pose Yoga definitely lifted my spirits that day as rainy cold weather in the fall can sometimes be a downer.
I would definitely go again and I encourage to anyone who’s not even into yoga to attend this unforgettable experience. According to the Soul Pose website, almost 70% of attendees are new to yoga.
When you do attend a Soul Pose Yoga event, it’s highly recommended for you to wear white or neon clothes so that you “glow” under the blacklights. I actually forgot to do this myself which is why I left this part last so that you remember this tip when you go attend a Soul Pose Yoga party.
Have you attended Soul Pose Yoga party in your city? What was your experience like? Who would you invite to go with you?
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