Yoga and Beer: A Match Made In…?

I am not very flexible. If you want me to touch my toes you have to let me lay on my side in the fetal position, which is perfect because even that amount of stretching makes me weep.

Homer knows what I'm talking about.

Homer knows what I’m talking about.

But you know what stops the weeping? Beer. (Until I drink too much and then boom…more weeping).

Anyhow, the venerable New York Times recently reported on a growing phenomenon that I wanted to spend a little time talking about today: Beer Yoga.

What a great idea. Even though I’m awful at it, I’m a firm believer in the health benefits of yoga. A limber body is a balanced body is a body that has a better chance of remaining functional. Who doesn’t love a nice functional body that counteracts the pain and discomfort of a life lived sitting down?

And beer. Yeah, after an hour or so of guided stretching that strengthens the body and mind, everyone bellies up to the bar and enjoys a little bit of cold golden deliciousness. Hell, promise me a beer afterwards and I’ll do just about anything.

Of course, as the Times reports, some people think this is a bad idea. These are generally yoga purists who believe that alcohol (a toxin) has no place in the spiritual realm of yoga practice.

To them, I say: come on, man.

I get it. You’re a traditionalist. That’s fine. But no one is forcing YOU to have beer after your session. This is simply a new option for people, and a very humanizing one at that. Yoga is often given the side eye by dudes turned off by the spiritualistic, mystic aspects of the practice. But set that stuff aside, and it’s just a great workout.

It’s so much easier for people to make a positive change in their lives if they feel comfortable doing it. And doesn’t it seem infinitely possible that some dude who is looking to do something positive for his health, but doesn’t know where to start will be drawn in by the promise of a single beer and end up getting hooked on the yoga itself? How is this a bad thing?

So, what do you guys think? Has anyone out there done this? Would you do it? Or do you think it’s dumb, irreverent, not for you, etc.? Let us know!

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