After writing the article ‘Alternative Subcultures: Goths And Mental Health‘ which is an article close to my heart as an alternative and heavy metal fan, I’ve been itching to write another related to all things alternative. So I went looking for wellness alternatives to help out my fellow Goths, Punks, Emos, and Metalheads, which rarely gets catered for.
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To be honest, it wasn’t easy to find wellness alternatives for metal fans that you could do if you like alternative music and belong to the alternative scene. Thus, because of this, you might not be able to find any of these available in your area. However, hopefully, what I did find will inspire you to do these at home or set up a group within your local alternative community so you can enjoy them together.
Wellness Alternatives: Yoga
One of the first wellness alternatives I knew to look for was Metal Yoga. I’d come across this a few times over the years, so I knew it was already a thing, which made it easy to find. I even found Metal Yoga mentioned in The Guardian and Men’s Health. Metal Yoga comes in several flavours, so hopefully, you’ll find one that works for you.
I magazine I used to buy a lot as a teen in the 90s, Metal Hammer, did a feature on DO.OMYoga. This one is probably better suited to the Goth crowd or those who like to relax to a slower tempo, as it incorporates a more traditional yoga approach with Doom Metal’s sense of impending doom.
They’re currently doing ZOOM sessions at the moment on Tuesdays at 18.00 UK time if you feel like taking a class. Either way, go check them out at doom.yoga.
Metal Yoga Bones
For their yoga sessions, you can expect yoga to be combined with your favourite metal tunes. They currently have online classes on Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday with classes scheduled using ET, so bear that in mind if you’re not living in the US.
Black Widow Yoga
Black Widow Yoga holds weekly online classes which feature doom and heavy metal music. So why not check out their website here or their Facebook page here, and take a couple of their classes for a spin. Unfortunately, they’re another US-based yoga class, with classes on Wednesdays from 18:30-19:15 CT or 19:30-20:15 ET. This would be Thursday from 12:30- 01:15 for us in the UK, so not ideal for us Europeans.
However, there is some hope. You can see some of their stuff over on their YouTube channel, which you can find by clicking here. You don’t get to enjoy doing the classes with a group, but you can still enjoy the classes themselves.
Metal Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa’s Metal yoga classes use heavy metal music to help clear the mind of chatter and distraction that often comes with silence. I know this is a huge problem for me, and why I have to sleep with the TV on.
The good news, these yoga classes are UK based, so if you live in the UK like me, then attending these sessions will be a lot easier. To best keep track of the classes, I recommended joining their Facebook page, which you can do by clicking here. The website doesn’t seem to be as up-to-date yet, but you could still check out their website, which you can do by clicking here.
If doing classes with other people isn’t your thing, then I’ve got you covered. Check out the following links to try yoga at home on your own with your own selection of metal music, or do it as a group with your friends (obeying your local covid19 lockdown guidelines, of course).
Wellness Alternatives: Meditation
Unfortunately, the sites I was hoping to link to this with examples of how it could be done no longer seem to exist. Which is a real shame, because I know heavy metal meditation exists.
The Black Market
The Black Market does offer both yoga and meditation classes for us alternatives, but I don’t know if they’ve moved online with these or not. However, if you live in Cleveland, go check it out once the pandemic is over.
The best I can do for now is suggest you check out a meditation YouTube videos for beginners, and substitute the deafening sound of silence with a playlist from your alternative music collection to try it out with. Whatever helps you clear your mind and relax. Here’s a WikiHow guide for beginners to get you started: Trying Basic Meditation Practices.
Wellness Alternatives: Fitness
Rock Fit is a fitness class done to wonderful rock and metal music, operating in the UK. Rock out to some Black Sabbath as your sweat through your black clothes doing cardio as you prepare for the mosh pit. They were planning to do live sessions in three cities across the UK, but that’s currently on hold due to the coronavirus.
Furthermore, if you want to become a rocking fitness instructor, then they’re currently recruiting. Just click here to find out more.
Deadlifts & Death Metal
Like doing deadlifts and you come from Downunder? Then we’ve got you covered too. So if you like to lift heavy to heavy music, then once a month Deadlifts & Death Metal meet at 16-20 Abbott Street Alphington, Victoria, to do just that.
Go check out their website for more information by clicking here, where you’ll also be able to read about the personal training, online coaching, and nutrition services Elissa also offers.
Wellness Alternatives: Music Therapy
Heavy Metal Therapy
Although not technically therapy, Heavy Metal Therapy team offers resources for heavy metal fans out there to help manage their mental wellbeing. What’s great about this team is that they’ve created playlists for a whole host of mental health, wellbeing, and emotional states you might like to listen to to better manage it all. To check out their playlists, click here. If you feel like you need some videos to go with that playlist, then check out their YouTube playlists here.
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