When it comes to getting your zen on, the options are seemingly endless. From Bikram yoga and Vinyasa flow to power yoga and goat yoga (yes, that's a thing), anyone seeking to reflect while improving their flexibility and strength can find a proper outlet to do so. And now, there's a new type of yoga: one that caters to the beer-lovers of the fitness world.
BierYoga, which was founded in Germany, naturally, "is the marriage of two great loves: beer and yoga," according to the organization's website. Each class incorporates beer drinking into yoga poses, whether it's by balancing the bottle on your head or taking a few sips while settling into a pose so yogis are downing an adult beverage (or two) throughout the course of the session. Sounds pretty great, right? The genius founders make a darn compelling argument for why this is the next best fitness trend, stating, "Both are centuries-old therapies for body, mind, and soul. The joy of drinking beer and the mindfulness of yoga compliment each other and make for an energizing experience."
Before you fitness fiends go shrugging off beer yoga because of the beverage's reputation for a high calorie count, allow us to remind you that beer actually has some notable health benefits, from reducing your heart attack risk to protecting against diabetes. It's also been used as a recovery drink in marathons.
Basically, beer yoga is a win-win. So where can we sign up? It turns out this genius class is available in Berlin, Germany, and recently spread to Australia. We're secretly hoping this stress-relieving workout trend makes it way to the US, because the thought of cracking open a cold ale while getting into Downward Dog is oddly oh so satisfying. We're ready to swap in our "om" for "cheers"!
Keep reading for photos from past BierYoga classes to see what the buzz is all about.