Techno Yoga will take place at the new PNC Arts Annex in downtown Dayton on Jan. 31. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Get ready for a techno yoga party: ‘Definitely not for the faint of heart’

No peaceful nature sounds or tranquil meditative music, this is an all-out techno yoga party — think cat and cow poses in the club.

“This will not be your average yoga class and definitely not for the faint of heart,” said instructor Ranjani Powers, of Yoga XTC. “The beats will be fast, heavy and rhythmic. You will feel the bass deep in your heart and the asana will flow as will the sweat.”

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It’s Techno Yoga, the latest offering in the Citilites Unwind series, a collection of eclectic events celebrating food, drink, and fun, designed to help people “unwind” from their daily routine. Other creative yoga offerings in the series have included Wine & Yoga and Yoga & Mimosas classes. The heart-pumping techno class — complete with club-style lighting and dance music — will be held at the PNC Arts Annex on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.

“The Victoria Theatre Association is really working on wellness, both for its employees and the community,” said Diane Schoeffler-Warren, VTA public and media relations manager.

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Yoga has long been touted for a wide variety of benefits from stress relief and anxiety reduction to increased flexibility and improved balance. Techno yoga has the added advantage of providing a cardio workout and, of course, a jammin’ playlist.

“If you have ever wanted to experience yoga in a truly different way, this is the class for you,” Powers said. “If you are not afraid to sweat and walk away knowing that you are stronger than you thought you were, you will love this class. You will leave feeling energized, rejuvenated and positively radiant.”

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While the dance-inducing tunes and upbeat pace will definitely make you break a sweat, many of the traditional benefits of yoga remain.

“Don’t be fooled, while this is going to be heavy on the movement and heart-pounding sounds, it is going to be just as spiritual,” Powers said. “Come with an ‘I can’ attitude and leave with an ‘I did’ attitude.”

While there are no other Citilites Unwind yoga events slated at this time, there will likely be several more in the near future according to Schoeffler-Warren.

“These events are always popular, we’ve had to turn people away,” she said. “So, as space and time allows, we will definitely have more.”

HOW TO TRY TECHNO YOGA

What: Yoga meets the dance club. Be prepared to move and sweat as instructor Ranjani Powers, of Yoga XTC, guides participants through the moves and funky beats.

When: Thursday, Jan. 31, 6-8 p.m.

Where: PNC Arts Annex, 46 W. 2nd St., Dayton

Cost: $15, tickets available at www.ticketcenterstage.com

More: Bring your own mat. Cash bar available after class.

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