Beer Yoga; to drink or not to drink?
I have gotten some funny looks and some negative comments in response to my upcoming Beer Yoga event at District Hall this coming Saturday. I get it. It’s definitely not for everyone. In fact, at some point, I did not think it was for me either.
Beer Yoga, a concept born in Germany and made popular in London, is a fun way to incorporate enjoying a beer into a Yoga practice. Most people who are drawn to these classes are new yogis who are curious about the practice and who ordinarily would not participate in a Yoga class because they fear that they are not flexible enough or because they are too shy to participate in such a group activity. However, Beer Yoga allows them to experience Yoga in a relaxed and non-threatening environment, making that first experience an extraordinary introduction to a practice that they otherwise would not have tried. It is also a great place for experienced Yogis to engage all of their senses in a completely different and fun practice.
If you have attended any of my classes, you know that I am not your typical Yoga Instructor. Just the fact that I prepare each class with the same thoroughness as I plan the outfit to teach the class in (and the makeup & shoes to go with it of course –yes, the shoes come off right before stepping onto he mat-) is an indication of what sets me apart from other instructors. I have never been shy about combining or expressing my love for fashion with my love for Yoga, or fitness in general, while at the same time highlighting my passion for music and social interaction. I don’t believe that this makes me better or worse than other instructors out there. I simply believe that it just makes me different and perhaps a bit quirky. And I am totally ok with that.
Yoga has evolved from being a forbidden practice, especially for women in particular who were not allowed to participate in the practice, to a female dominated field and one that allows each and every one of us to express our true selves. Each Yoga Instructor decides what’s important to share with their students. And for me, it’s about creating a unique experience each and every class. Whether I focus on building strength or flexibility –or both- I believe that it is important to add a bit of fun to a practice that is otherwise considered rather serious and intimidating while creating an atmosphere of comradery and while of course, respecting and following the main principles of the practice, including guided meditation.
I have never laughed so much preparing a class as I have since I started practicing my Beer Yoga class. I have had some laugh out loud moments that I wish I could have captured and share with all of you. And that is my goal for this coming Saturday. To see each and every participant getting a bit lose on the mat. While I will cue the participants to engage all of their senses during the practice, smell, touch and even taste. Much like any other practice, this is truly a personal experience. It is up to each individual to assess how they feel during each stage of the class and to decide whether they want to take a sip while holding Tree Pose, or whether they want to wait until after Savasana to enjoy their drink.