Trap music is a saga of a gritty, motivational truth. Although some may listen to Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka, (early) T.I., 2 Chainz, Future, Migos or Jeezy for the soulful synths, snares, 808s, and country grammar, others listen for the tales of struggle to triumph. While mainstream trap music might be detached from its roots having become new wave EDM, bona fide trap music still manages to be celebrated, in social settings where all can rap along, and even at the most intimate and spiritual of yoga sessions. Undoubtedly, music can (and does, from my own recollection) shape the way we experience moments, make memories or aspire to be our highest selves. Such was the case when I found myself rapping to lyrics I had recited many times before and nodding my head to beats that accompanied the pound of the bass, which made the floor vibrate from under me. When I first took Brandon Copeland's Trap Yoga class last summer, I knew I was going to get more than I had signed up for. I sat in the perfect spot next to a fan, which I soon learned was a heater. And by the end of the class I was dripping in sweat and wondering if I could find his playlist somewhere on Soundcloud. Since then, the 26-year-old yoga enthusiast and now owner of Khepera Wellness Yoga studio, Brandon Copeland, has continued teaching yoga to both beginners and vets, prescribing trap for wellness and healing. I sat down with Copeland to discuss his approach to yoga, building the black community and his response to the killings of unarmed black men by police officers.
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