Yoga and Beer
Let’s spell it out for the sake of an About page: Just what is the connection between beer and yoga? Because yoga’s practiced by a bunch of self-righteous quasi-religious acrobats, and beer drinkers are fat and unsophisticated and probably wearing baseball caps. Hm.
Through a long process of self-selection and un-selection by others, through years of purchasing and then abandoning ballcaps; over a lifetime of unchallenged atheism (until life, love, and LSD turned me agnostic); on my journey from team sports to lonely treadmills to full-blown sedentarism, I’ve usually been surrounded by people who drink. It seems to me that drinkers on the whole are a social people. We are people who love people, who need to hang out, catch up, bounce ideas, gossip, and fall down. We are a people who enjoy pushing certain boundaries of decorum and common sense, in search of bigger Truths, and bigger Fun. I believe that by and large people who drink have a strong desire for union. And the word yoga means union. So there you go.
But then there’s the flip side. Beer becomes habitual, and we get lazy, replacing most creative, healthy, and productive endeavors with drinking. We get fat. We get belligerent. We become drunks. It’s not pretty. We all know people or are people who say they want to drink a bit less, to accomplish a bit more, but habits are hard to break. The point is, I’m addicted to gambling.
So, yoga. Go to class and at the very least you’ll be doing something healthy for a couple of hours, and that’s always good, especially if they’re happy hours. A strong class is also going to leave you blissed-the-fuck-out for a while, alleviating the normal urge to relax with one or 11 beers. Third, obviously, yoga burns calories, and we beer drinkers have calories to burn.
I’ve found that slowly, as months and years pass and I practice more and teach more, I drink less beer. Now, my “less beer” is another man’s binge, but one thing we learn from yoga is that we are all where we need to be right now. Yoga practice teaches us to moderate, slowly persuades us to take better care of ourselves. Yoga meets you wherever you’re at and improves your life. And right now I’m drinking a PBR with orange juice and writing about yoga. Life is good.
Beerasana’s here to persuade you that yoga is for everyone. And I’m trying on this new slogan: Beer will not improve your yoga, but yoga will improve your beer. Especially that first one after a hot class. Bottoms up!