My first taste of beer yoga left me on a high, in a surprisingly good way.
Watch this video of my experience!
Disclaimer: When it comes to yoga, I’m not a purist. I embrace yoga more for its mind and body benefits than the spiritual part.
When I heard about beer yoga, of course I was piqued. Drink beer and do yoga – how’s that possible? One essential component of yoga is to quieten the mind. Can anyone guzzle alcohol and stay focused?
Since beer yoga started in Germany a few years ago, it’s been gaining popularity all over the world. Countries like Australia and Thailand offer classes, and now Singapore is in, too.
A handful of studios are conducting private beer yoga classes, though none have added beer yoga to their regular schedule.
“We don’t want people to treat beer yoga as a regular way to unwind. Doing so would undermine the beliefs of traditional yoga,” says Dawn Sim, co-founder of Trium Fitness studio. Currently, Trium Fitness conducts beer yoga classes for corporate or private groups upon request.
Dawn says she has received an increasing number of requests for beer yoga over the last couple of months. And there are legit benefits.
“A lot of people come into yoga class feeling tense. The great thing about beer yoga is that it relaxes you while giving you a workout at the same time,” she says.
I wasn’t entirely convinced I could get a solid workout while downing beer, but by the end of my first class, I was sold.
My beer yoga experience at Trium Fitness
Dawn led me through basic yoga poses in a sun salutation sequence, incorporating stretching exercises in between. Most of them involved grasping the beer bottle (Tiger beer, in case you’re wondering) and doing some sort of balancing or stretching act with it.
Drinking the beer was just a small part. I was invited to take sips at specific intervals, and reminded to keep the bottle half full by the end of the class, for a special breathing exercise. Since I had to return to work (sober) after the class, I had no intention to guzzle the beer.
True enough, I felt my inhibitions melt away after a few sips. Instead of fretting over my form like I normally do, I found myself soaking in the sensation of each pose. Halfway through, my smiles turned to giggles as the exercises got more challenging.
I expected beer yoga to leave me intoxicated, but in fact it was the opposite: I became increasingly alert as the class progressed – to avoid spilling beer on myself (though Dawn says that’s part of the fun) during balancing poses like runner’s lunge and warrior 3. I think beer yoga helps improve body awareness too.
And if I ever thought beer yoga was chill, I couldn’t be more wrong.
Having to hold the bottle carefully during the poses forced me to activate my wrists and arms. My core muscles got fired up too – it’s harder to balance with a bottle compared to a yoga block that has a larger surface area.
Speaking of bottles, the beauty of beer yoga has to be this: It’s not compulsory to take alcohol. In beer yoga, you’re welcome to use any kind of bottle, even a water bottle.
Juice yoga next?
Outdoor Beer Yoga Session on August 20, 6pm
On August 20 (Sunday), Dawn Sim from Trium Fitness will lead Singapore’s largest outdoor beer yoga session at Beerfest Asia 2017, Marina Bay Cruise Centre. A ticket to Beerfest Asia 2017 and the one-hour beer yoga session is priced at $35. To register, call 8782-8633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.