Has beer yoga made its way to your city, too? Beer yoga classes are popping up at local breweries and tasting rooms faster than we can say “namaste”. In the little big city of Portland, Ore. it was only a matter of time before people started combining their love of craft beer with their yoga practice. Read on to find out what actually happens during a beer yoga class.
The yoga purists might not be happy about the union of beer and yoga but beer yoga is here to stay. It’s not traditional and that’s why it’s so damn approachable and dare I say “fun”. I’m an open-minded yoga instructor with the motto, “Don’t knock it until you try it,” so I took not one but multiple beer yoga classes and even taught one, just for kicks. And I loved it.
Some beer yoga classes offer beer during class and others offer a social hour after class. No matter which style of class it is it will be a fun social event. It’s a great way to spice up your yoga practice or introduce your anti-yoga friend to yoga. Classes are typically geared toward all levels and include a bunch of “feel good” yoga poses like low lunges, detoxifying twists and side body stretches.
Beer yoga seems to be for the rebels, the social butterflies and the “I can’t do yoga because [insert reason here]” people. Many first-time beer yogis are coerced into class by yoga-loving friends with enticing descriptions of frosty pints, easy yoga and a not-too-serious practice. Cady Lindsey, the owner of Bend Beer Yoga in Bend, Ore., shared that, “the people coming to beer yoga are the people that want to do something fun without sitting around a bar.” And who doesn’t want to have fun and be at least kinda healthy?