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Wellness Update: Beer Yoga, A Fun Way To Get Fit!

By Christie Abagon , Jan 20, 2017 09:03 PM EST
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If you are someone who likes to drink beer, but wants to stay healthy at the same time, here's some good news for you. There's a type of yoga that is gaining popularity among fitness enthusiasts called "Beer Yoga", and yes, it's a lot of fun.

'The Marriage Of Two Great Loves' - Beer And Yoga

According to Men's Health, Beer Yoga or BierYoga was founded in Germany, and it means "marriage of two great loves: beer and yoga." Fitness experts call it a unique and healthy fitness practice which allows you to exercise and lose extra flab at the same time.

Each Beer Yoga class incorporates drinking beer into yoga poses, like balancing the bottle on your head, or taking a few sips while settling into a pose.  Students will learn poses with "beer salutations". "Both are centuries-old therapies for body, mind, and soul," the founders said. "The joy of drinking beer and the mindfulness of yoga compliment each other and make for an energizing experience."

Beer Drinking Has Health Benefits

Popsugar reported that although beer has high calorie count, it has some notable health benefits, too. Previous studies claim that it can reduce heart attack risks and protect against diabetes. There was even a study conducted by Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researchers claiming that beer cuts Alzheimer's risks.

Other interesting studies conducted about the health benefits of beer claim that it can help strengthen bones, help treat dandruff, and help prevent kidney stones. Also, an important antioxidant in beer called xanthohumol is known to have anti-cancer properties.

Beer Yoga is "for beer lovers who like yoga, for yogis who like beer or for anyone who is beyond 16." It is currently gaining popularity in Australia and Americans are hoping someone would make this a trend in the US, too.

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