By Joanna McClanahan of Ramblin’ Mama
Last month I wrote about how Co-ed, Naked Yoga is more popular than ever. But there’s a new yoga craze sweeping the globe that sounds like something I’d actually be willing to try: Beer Yoga.
The trend started in Germany, because of course it did, and the movement is quickly gaining head in Asia and Australia. And it’s exactly what it sounds like: a typical yoga session paired with a bottle (or two) of beer.
The classes typically begin with a “beer meditation” and the beer is worked into several different poses including “Bierbaum,” where participants balance bottles on their heads while standing on one leg.
BierYoga, the German company that started the movement, has the following statement on their site:
Both with yoga and with beer, people have been letting their minds go for centuries, relaxing body and mind. The exuberance that the drinking of beer brings with it and the body consciousness of yoga can be combined into an energizing experience.
This week, BBC even posted a video about the brewing trend to their Facebook page:
And the comments on their video did not disappoint:
“It’s supposed to be about emptying your mind, freeing your consciousness and having a spiritual awakening. Adding yoga will ruin the beer drinking experience.” – David R.
“This is disgusting and pathetic. If you need the influence of alcohol to engage in an activity as personal, spiritual, mindful and stress-free as yoga, then you have a big f-ing problem. Who would want all that gas and bloat in the stomach while in a lotus pose anyway?!?!” – Audrey Z.
“Just another fad! Yoga is an ancient science practiced for thousands of years in India. The exercises are an outcome of deep study of human anatomy and mind. This is completely insane!” – Daisy M.
“How dare they insult yoga by introducing beer drinking! Yoga is about the ancient tradition of clearing your mind, freeing your soul, and figuring out the timer on your iPhone so you can post your poses to instagram #yogaislyfe” – Lyon Y.
While many Yoga traditionalists see the practice as a fad bordering on sacrilege, you have to admit, it sounds pretty relaxing.
And I, for one, am pretty excited to have an excuse to sit around the house, drinking beer, in my yoga pants.