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16th Mar 2021

Beer Yoga is a thing now, apparently

Danny Jones

Yes, you read that right – ‘beer yoga’ is the next craze sweeping the world of not-so-fitness

Have you ever wanted to do more exercise whilst still being able to drink beer? Silly question really, of course you have. We all have the same dilemma every year when the sun starts to come out, as we debate between the summer bod and a few jars in the beer garden.

However, now you don’t necessarily have to choose between the two, as the age of ‘beer yoga’ is upon us. Stemming from the original travelling exercise class in Germany dubbed, ‘Bieryoga‘, the trend has been steadily growing since 2015.

‘Die Idee’ (The idea)

Beer yoga was pioneered – yes, pioneered, damn it – by yoga teacher, Jhula Propp. She got the idea after attending the Burning Man festival held annually amidst Nevada’s Black Rock Desert in the US.

Basically, she saw people getting pissed up, putting their hands and feet together, before stretching into ever so slightly uncomfortable positions. Standard. Better still, she saw all that and thought ‘what a good idea’. Legend.


Although the classes will have likely been paused, or at least hampered, by coronavirus restrictions, the business model has been super successful. After starting out in the back rooms of pubs and bars, Jhula started taking classes outdoors (probably the only option right now).

From there, she graduated to hosting beer yoga birthday parties and even popping up at festivals just like one in which it was conceived. Ring of fire—circle of fire–I mean, circle of fire!

When the classes are up and running, they cost just $5-7 – that’s anywhere between £3.60 and a fiver. Not bad at all and people tend to agree – Jhula is regularly booked out for weeks on end.

As the following for the movement has grown, so has the scope. Not only has Bieryoga popped up throughout Germany, it’s even toured around Europe and Australia. Even beyond Jhula’s idea, the trend shows no signs of stopping.

We’ll cheers to that

We’d like to call this particular type of yoga what it is: ‘The Mountain Pose’, i.e. “the mother of all poses”, according to bestselling yoga author, Mandy Ingber.

However, it’s more likely ‘The Corpse Pose’ – tipsy and lying down after one too many shandies and moving about too much. Either way, we approve. If you’re thinking of trying it at home for your lockdown fitness regime, here are a few beginner poses.

Now, where do we sign up?