Continuing with our trends series, today we touch upon ‘Beer Yoga’. You may be used to having a cold icy beer in the afternoon or on a Friday night, but what about in your yoga class?
Beer Yoga has been popular for some time, having seemingly originated in Berlin. However, nowadays, it even reaches the shores of the Australian coast, making this a worldwide trend. The founder and long-time yogi, Jhula, claims the practice is fun, and it’s meant to be, but it shouldn’t be taken as a joke.
He remains firm that the philosophies of yoga should be and well-respected. However, the element of beer simply ensures the activity is fun for all. He states that he founded the idea after watching something similar at his last Burning Man festival.
During his classes, certain poses are carried out, such as ‘beer salutation’. There’s also a segment in which beer bottles are balanced on each participants head. Sessions, no matter where they are in the world, tend to last between an hour and an hour and a half. They can also take place anywhere from outdoor areas and studios to the breweries themselves.
However, as you can imagine, there are many critics of this practice. Traditionalists are sceptical, stating that maybe these yoga trends have now simply gone too far? Maybe the original meanings and values are being lost?
Let us know what you think? Have you partaken in a ‘beer yoga’ session? Do you have any thoughts on whether or not these trends have gone too far? Let us know in the comment section below!