When the worlds of craft brewing and bridge poses collide: "Beer yoga" gains traction around the world

Vancouver has seen a few classes here and there, but Brewga could become increasingly popular yet

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      We’ve told you about liquid yoga (on sturdy mats floating atop the heated outdoor pool at the Westin Bayshore), stand-up paddleboard yoga, men’s yoga, waterfront yoga (offered by YYoga on International Yoga Day), and all sorts of other forms that Vancouverties can’t get enough of.

      Given our city’s obsession with yoga and the fact that Vancouver is a paradise for beer lovers, clearly it’s time for Beer Yoga, or Brewga.

      Beer yoga, which has caught on in parts of Asia, Europe, the U.S., and Canada, is for yogis who crave suds and beer fans who love yoga.

      “BeerYoga is the marriage of two great loves—beer and yoga,” according to the founders of Berlin’s BierYoga, which also offers classes in Hamburg and was one of the first to combine lagers and lunges. “Both are centuries-old therapies for body, mind and soul. The joy of drinking beer and the mindfulness of yoga compliment each other, and make for an energizing experience.”

      Don’t go thinking that the sessions are just an excuse to get drunk and turn Downward Dogs into Praying to the Porcelain Gods, however.

      Ashley Kokelj sums up the mission of her company, Ottawa’s Yoga on Tap, like this: “To promote health + happiness through a balanced lifestyle & mindful drinking by combining yoga + beer in a community setting.”

      She offers classes at various venues in the country’s capital and also online via Vimeo. Most of her classes are based on Vinyasa Flow and link movement, breath, and beer-drinking.

      “We begin with a seated meditation to guide you through our mindful beer tasting process before moving to our feet to energize and focus through a strong grounding practice that challenges you to slow down so you don’t miss any steps,” the Yoga on Tap website says. “Leave feeling connected to your beer and the brewery and your physical and mental health balanced.”

      Closer to home, North Vancouver’s Yoga Root and Black Kettle Brewing Company have joined forces for Brewga, their version featuring movement first and beer afterward. Sessions happen every Wednesday evening.

      Big Rock Urban Brewery has also offered classes in the past and is currently selling tickets for sessions at its Calgary outpost.

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