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Absolutely Everything You Need To Know About Beer Yoga

We’ve seen our fair share of bizarre fitness trends come and go. No Lights, No Lycra, butter aerobics and even crawling like a baby. We’ve witnessed hip-hop yoga, paddle board yoga and horseback yoga. But last week the internet went stir-crazy over the first weird fitness craze of 2017: Beer Yoga.

You heard right. Beer + yoga.

Beer Yoga has been exploding faster that you can say “whose shout?” with classes popping up in bars and breweries around the world. And it’s now reached Australia. So what’s it all about?

What actually is Beer Yoga?

In Beer Yoga, traditional yoga poses have been adapted to allow for a drink to be held in one hand. As you move through the class there’s plenty of opportunity to gracefully bring your drink to your mouth and take a swig. Get bendy, get boozy.

Beer Yoga mixes the physical, mental and spiritual challenges of the ancient Indian practice of yoga with the art (?) of drinking. Poses include ‘beer salutation’, ‘beer balancing’ and the ‘beer bench’. You can expect your instructor to drop plenty of beer puns throughout the class too.

The Beer Yoga yogis tell us that it’s no walk in the park. It’s apparently a tough and sweaty hour-long work out.

How did it begin?

It started in arguably Europe’s most progressive city, Berlin, as the brainchild of two entrepreneurial yoga instructors, Emily and Jhula. They jumped at a gap in the market after first seeing Beer Yoga being practised at the iconic Burning Man festival in the States.

Emily and Jhula combined their personal loves of yoga and drinking and knew that others would appreciate the combo too – especially us Aussies, whose love for a brew is ingrained in our culture.

The founders say it’s no laughing matter. “Beer Yoga is fun but it’s no joke – we take the philosophies of yoga and pair it with the pleasure of beer-drinking to reach your highest level of consciousness.”

Why is it a thing?

The concept is that people turn to alcohol for some of the same reasons they turn to yoga. That is, for stress relief and relaxation.”Both are centuries-old therapies for body, mind and soul,” the official Beer Yoga website states, “The joy of drinking beer and the mindfulness of yoga compliment each other, and make for an energising experience.”

So a combination of the two has to be a good thing, right? Well, that’s up for debate.

Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea

The majority of chatter online is by people who are very excited about the possibly of getting drunk while getting zen. While some yoga fans hope the casual and social approach will bring new participants to the practice, others don’t agree.

There’s been many yogis come forward with disapproving views, including some saying that matching alcohol with cheapens or commercialises yoga, or takes it away from its clean and meditative philosophies. In comments online, some are calling the trend out as “disrespectful” and a “Western insult on an ancient practice”.

Yoga Journal have been rather diplomatic about it, stating only “We’re not saying we condone it, we’re reporting on the fact that it’s happening.”

Where can I try it?

Beer Yoga has already found its place at hens parties, bucks parties and corporate events, you can book for BierYoga to come to you via their official Facebook page. As for classes, Sydney will have to wait for new timetables to be announced, but in Melbourne it’s happening at 6pm every Wednesday in February at The Village. Bottoms up!

 

There’s already call out outs for Wine Yoga. (Yes please).


Kate is the summer editor of The Cusp. She gets by in life as a publicist but finds time to regularly contribute to The Cusp and AWOL. Follow her travels on Instagram @katermac and Twitter @krmcc

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All Images: BierYoga/Facebook