If you’ve ever practiced yoga, you have a pretty good idea of its solidarity, tranquility, and peacefulness. Well, with the latest Canadian trend of “rage yoga,” mums not the word.
Rage Yoga has slowly begun to spread to cities across the U.S., encouraging participants to yell, scream, curse, and throw around obscene gestures. We are slowly starting to see new instructors beginning to adopt the practice and technique, allowing and encouraging class participants to yell, scream, cuss, and make obscene gestures, all while listening to loud music.
What a perfect avenue for stressed, emotional, angry, and/or impulsive millennials and Gen X’ers to shed the wide-spectrum of emotions they have by just letting loose. And don’t tell me we aren’t like that…we definitely are, thanks to the age of social media, smartphones, and of course, online dating and swiping right.
Why the Anger?
Credit Card Debt + Loans
According to Business Insider, millennials and Gen X are equally stressed about money. But why?
To help break this down, Business Insider teamed up with Morning Consult to survey 2,096 Americans about their financial health, debt, and earnings for its new series, “The State of Our Money,” largely focusing on Gen Z and millennials.
Much of the stress can be attributed to the fallout of the Great Recession, high costs of living, and staggering student-loan debt.
- Of the 51.5% of millennials who have credit card debt, 67.4% are stressed.
- Of the 54.5% of GenX who have credit card debt, 64.3% are stressed
- Of the 24.3% of millennials who have personal loans, 62% are stressed
- Of the 24.6% of the GenX who have personal loans, 62.5% are stressed
- Of the 28.4% of millennials who have undergraduate student-loan debt, 72.2% are stressed, and
- Of the 15.5% of GenX who have undergraduate student-loan debt, 62.5% are stressed.
Almost two-thirds of millennials say they’re living paycheck to paycheck, and only 38% feel financially stable, according to a new survey from Charles Schwab. According to Schwab, millennials, more than any other generation, feel the most insecure when it comes to their finances.
Well no shit. Think about the economy they are living in today. It may be easy to criticize millennials for spending too much, but other issues are at play for why many of us live paycheck to paycheck. As a generation, millennials face a systemic financial crisis that can be extremely overwhelming, highly attributable to student loans and credit card debt.
About 4o% of millennials, ages 20 to 35, have credit card debt, according to a recent survey by LightStream, the online lending division of SunTrust Bank. Millennials ages 25 to 34 had an average of $36,000 in debt last year, excluding home mortgages, according to Northwestern Mutual’s 2018 Planning & Progress Study.
“Spending is not the enemy that we might think that is,” Terri Kallsen, Schwab’s executive vice president of investor services told CNBC Make It.
Unfortunately, we are in the “Black Mirror” age of dating, where we no longer feel the need to spend the time getting to know someone in person, but rather, swiping left or right on an app, based solely on looks and a superficial appearance.
The problem is there are so many apps, how do you know which one is right for you?
Text messaging and talking on the phone are the top two ways that teens spend time with their romantic partners, but when it comes to daily interactions, texting is by far the dominant way teens in romantic relationships communicate, according to a study conducted by Pew Research Center.
Seventy-two percent of teens engage in this form of communication every day, compared with 39% of teens in romantic relationships who talk on the phone daily.
Some teens in our focus groups mentioned that their communication choices often evolve with the intensity and duration of their relationships.
Others mentioned how text-based communication can help them overcome the shyness they sometimes experience in person or give them time to come up with the perfect response during conversation.
For fuck’s sake, pick up the phone and have face-to-face conversations. None of this avoiding confrontation shit or dumping your significant other in a text message.
As mobile devices have made it easy to check in from a wide range of locations throughout the day, many teens now want to communicate with their romantic partner on a daily – and in some cases, hourly – basis. Indeed, 85% of teen daters expect to hear from their significant other at least once a day, and 11% expect to hear from them hourly. This issue came up frequently in our focus groups, as many teens expressed a desire (and in many cases, an expectation) that they hear from their significant other on a regular basis.
But at the end of the day, this technology brings other feelings into the equation, such as jealousy. Such arguments between partners often play out publicly on social media, including memes and quotes for all to see. About a quarter – 27% – of teens with dating experience have had a partner use social media to track their whereabouts, and 27% of teens with dating experience say social media makes them feel jealous or unsure of their relationship.
As for the ultimate vision for Rage Yoga, “it’s meant to be a different approach to yoga for those who find their peaceful center in a different way,” Lindsay Istace, the founder of Rage Yoga told Health.com. In recent coverage by Good Morning America, more new instructors are adopting the practice that also includes alcohol and some other not so family-friendly poses.
“The technique is different,” said Kansas City Instructor Amanda Kauffman, who started rage yoga two years ago, but has been practicing yoga for seven years now. “Instead of calming your mind, you’re bringing everything out. Instead of just trying to push it out quietly, you’re going to push it out, and it’s going to be loud!”
We sent some hate mail out to Rage Yoga on Sunday and heard back from Istace who was unable to speak to us at the moment.
Over the weekend, it was announced that Rockford, Illinois will be opening its city to Rage Yoga, with its first event kicking off November 6.
Are you ready to rage?