BEER+YOGA: IS IT SAFE TO MIX THE TWO?

Yoga en­thu­si­asts are go­ing crazy about this fit­ness trend. But health ex­perts say it’s just a gim­mick to draw at­ten­tion

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - HT City | Lifestyle - Ab­hi­nav Verma ab­hi­nav.verma@htlive.com ■

Who knew that the key to at­tain­ing nir­vana (en­light­en­ment) for yo­gis was beer? Yes, you heard that right. You just need a chilled mug of beer to tran­scend to a higher con­scious­ness. Be­fore we give you the low­down on what ex­perts re­ally think about this pop­u­lar trend, let’s tell you what the trend is:

DE­COD­ING BIERYOGA

A move­ment called ‘Bieryoga’ was started in 2015 in Ber­lin, Ger­many, by yoga prac­ti­tion­ers Emily and Jhula. Their phi­los­o­phy, as listed on their web­site ( http://bieryoga.de/english/) ,is that “We take the philoso­phies of yoga and pair it with the plea­sure of beer­drink­ing to reach your high­est level of con­scious­ness”. And they de­fine the con­cept as “BeerYoga: the mar­riage of two great loves – beer and yoga. Both are cen­turies-old ther­a­pies for body, mind and soul. The joy of drink­ing beer and the mind­ful­ness of yoga com­ple­ment each other, and make for an en­er­gis­ing ex­pe­ri­ence”.

THE TAKE OFF

The trend may have started in 2015, but it re­ally took off this year in Jan­uary 2017, when it started to spread to Europe, Asia and Aus­tralia. The prac­tice has gained mo­men­tum in coun­tries such as Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore, New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

PHOTOS: FACEBOOK/BIERYOGA

A move­ment called ‘Bieryoga’(Bier is the Ger­man spell­ing of beer) was started in 2015 in Ber­lin, Ger­many, by yoga prac­ti­tion­ers Emily and Jhula. It gained mo­men­tum in dif­fer­ent coun­tries in­clud­ing Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore, New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

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