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Christian Mc Karthy

Yoga has caught on like wildfire all over the world in recent years. Now what is making a bigger wave is a phenomenon called Beer Yoga, which started life in Germany and is now knocking on Australian doors. In this article, we tell you everything about it, and yes, it is exactly what you think it is.

They say Yoga is one of the most spiritually transcendental practices known to man. Well, if you ask just about anyone in Australia, so is beer. After making a mark in Germany, Beer Yoga (spelled Bier Yoga over there) has made its way to Australian shores. It is the marriage of two great loves of humanity: yoga and beer, both centuries-old therapies for body, mind and soul.

Here are a few things you may not know about beer yoga.

  • It is not a joke. This has to be gotten out of the way right at the beginning. This is not an article that is attempting to be funny. Beer Yoga is really a thing, and in the words of a real life beer yogi, it is fun but it’s not a joke. The idea is that you take the philosophies of yoga, pair it with the pleasure of drinking beer, and attain the highest possible levels of consciousness.
  • There are beer salutations involved. In Yoga, one of the most fundamental asanas is the sun salutation. In a Beer Yoga session, the instructor will take you through the intricate process of a beer salutation, whereby you balance a beer bottle on your head and perform an asana. If you break your first bottle of beer, don’t worry, your colleagues will understand and offer encouraging words of support.
  • No yoga experience is necessary. There is no beginners’, intermediate and advance classes here. If you want to attend a Beer Yoga session, all you will need is an open mind and a love of beer. If you’re teetotal or if you’re not a big beer drinker, then you might have to look for a proper yoga instructor instead.

You will not get drunk. The idea is not to get drunk while performing yoga. Typically, a session of Beer Yoga only involves a glass or two of beer, just enough to take a sip while holding a position as a ‘beer salutation’. If you’re thinking of getting ‘drunk on yoga’ then you better think again, because Beer Yoga is for serious yoga lovers only.

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