What’s more satisfying than an ice-cold beer while flowing towards consciousness? Beer and Yoga lovers, a sweet treat for you all! The fantastic duo of beer and Yoga have finally found their way to each other.
Introducing Beer Yoga – where you can stretch out while having a bottle of your favorite beer.
Both Yoga and beer are very effective mediums for relaxation and happiness, and as a result, this new trend is gaining more popularity, both among Yogis and beer lovers. This practice was popularized as BierYoga in Germany.
Gulping Towards Relaxation
BierYoga founder Jhula was influenced to practice Beer Yoga when she saw it at Burning Man, an American culture, desert party show. Even if German people are very well-known beer lovers, this influence wasn’t only felt in Germany, but it slowly gained popularity all over the world.
“We take the philosophies of yoga and pair it with the pleasure of beer-drinking to reach your highest level of consciousness,” said founder and Yoga instructor Jhula. Beer Yoga is for “beer drinkers with a desire for yoga and yogis with a desire for beer.”
Though drinking your beer is intended to be done after classes, some Beer Yoga classes also incorporate drinking while flowing. Here are some poses you can try to make your Yoga session more fun and relaxing experience.
1. Warrior I: This pose effectively increases your leg strength and stretches your gluteus. It is also a gentle hip opener.
- How: Place the bottle of beer on your front, outside the mat. Begin in a plank position. Inhale as you place your right foot between your hands, and turn your left foot 45 degrees outwards. Stand up, stretch your left leg while sending your hips forward and keeping your right knee bent at a right angle. Pick up your bottle of beer and hold it to your chest with both hands. Inhale, extend your arms up, lifting your beer bottle. Hold the pose for five breaths, then exhale, lower it down and take a sip. To release, place your beer bottle back to the ground and lower your body back to the plank pose.
2. Wide-Angled Standing Forward Fold: This standing pose stretches the lower back down to hamstrings and calves. It is also very effective at relieving headaches and sending freshly oxygenated blood from the lungs to the brain.
- How: Stand with a distance of 4-5 feet between your toes. Hold your beer with both hands in prayer. Then, inhale as you extend your arms up, and exhale, as you slowly fold forward by the waist, bringing your bottle of beer to the floor. Fold deeper by reaching your chest to your legs. Remember to always keep your spine long throughout the whole flow. Stay in this position for 3-5 breaths. Stand back up as you pick up your beer bottle into prayer and bring your feet together to release.
There are many contradictions about Beer Yoga. If you are a strict traditionalist Yogi, you may not find Beer Yoga as satisfying as your usual flow. However, if you are someone who wants to spice up your routine in a fun and relaxing way, Beer Yoga is a must try!
Relaxation At Finest!
As you flow and take a sip of your ice-cold beer, wearing Yoga pants that will allow you to move freely, can effectively intensify your Yoga session. The kind of workout clothes that will maximize your range of motion should allow proper blood circulation and bring comfort. The more comfortable your leggings are, the more relaxation they promote.
Hue Ultra WW Leggings. These mid-rise Yoga pants for women are very comfortable, durable and fashionable at a very friendly price. Their fabric supports the leg muscles firmly without any tightness and constriction, and they come in a wide range of colors. The color of the Hue Ultra WW Leggings’ never fades even after an uncountable number of washes. Make sure to order one size down for flattering fit and comfort.