I went to doom metal yoga on a Tuesday night at the Flying Tortoise Academy in Portland for the novelty factor. I’m not much of a consumer of doom metal, but was curious about the class.
Teacher Kali Giaritta is a drummer and songwriter, but more poppy than doomy. She and husband Matt Harmon form a psych pop duo called There is No Mountain. Matt’s a metal fan and encouraged Kali to try practicing yoga to doom metal. She liked the way it worked together.
Kali has been a volunteer yoga teacher with Living Yoga for the past four years, taking yoga into non-traditional settings like drug rehabs. “I started to think about other people who weren’t accessing yoga because the environment was not drawing them in,” she told me. Like metal-heads.
On the night I went, men outnumbered women – a rare thing for a yoga class. We listened to an album called “Silk Spiders Underwater” by Swiss metal band Zatokrev. Students seemed excited about suggesting songs for the following week’s playlist.
I liked it a lot more than I expected. The intricate songs were strangely meditative, and played at a pleasant volume. I think I’d especially like doom metal yoga in winter, when I stay indoors more and my thoughts turn inward.