Unleash Your Inner Zen Nerd: Dungeons & Dragons Yoga Classes Are Happening

Namaste, wizards! Finally, a class for downward-facing dorks.

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An art space in Brooklyn is offering a Dungeons & Dragons-themed yoga class, so yogis can have their savasana and save elves and fauna, all in the same sweaty room.

Artist Scott Wayne Indiana ran the first installment of D&D Yoga. The class had two leaders: a ‘dungeon master’ to provide the fantasy narrative and a yoga instructor to guide the moves.

Combining a fantasy game and an ancient physical and mental discipline might seem bizarre, but the unusual hybrid will surely win fans. Yoga poses can feel deeply uncomfortable, and it’s far more interesting to hear a narrative about swashbuckling through a forest than it is to try and block out the lady next to you’s guttural mouth-breathing, or strains of Enya.

Each participant received instructions about their D&D character, which one yoga fan posted to Twitter:

Mixing a game that engages your mind with the strenuous contortions of yoga may distract people from contacting their inner koan master, but it sounds far more entertaining.

Judging from the video Scott Wayne Indiana posted from the first class, the whole thing looks surprisingly peaceful.

5 comments
renaiconna
renaiconna

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY CHARACTER SHEET!

mishmabell
mishmabell

This was something done in 2012, that got popular in 2013 SXSW. A bunch of UX guys made a connection to D&D and UX. That was something very successful because it made sense. Characters = Personas.. Journeys = Instances and Consumer behavior probabilities was based on dice rolls aligned with data. They did a 4 hour workshop and actually provided value in understanding UX via the "gamification" of it. Since then everyone has been trying to do it.. I've seen this a few times since I have a google alert on D&D.. Note, I was part of their SXSW workshop so I am bias:http://vimeo.com/70815786

Ashory
Ashory

They should bring it to Raleigh. I guarantee there would be packed classes!

jd7
jd7

This is Awesome. Only problem with the article is that yoga, as practiced in America today, is not ancient in any way. It is only about 100 years old.

ChristianHotter
ChristianHotter

I'm not sure if this is real or not. Too many good looking people in that space, and not enough beard.