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So Beer Yoga Is a Thing, and We're Not Complaining

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Here's a trend we hope won't go away anytime soon: beer yoga.

That's right, somehow the stars aligned to bring moms the perfect excuse to leave the kids for an hour. Oops, did we say excuse? What we meant was, if anyone asks, this new practice can relieve stress, energize bodies and help us reach the ultimate level of zen. For centuries, people have turned to beer or yoga to relax. But with their powers combined? Yeah, we're getting dizzy just thinking about it, too.

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Several U.S. breweries have combined yoga and beer before. One of the most well-known yogis is @beeryoga instructor Brooke Larson, who teaches hour-long yoga classes at breweries and bars, followed by beer and brewery tours after.

But the two great loves weren't so fully intertwined until more than a year ago, when a yoga studio in Germany took it to the next level. Yogis Jhula and Emily started BierYoga after Jhula saw the idea at Burning Man, though she didn't participate at the time.

"Basically, I played around with it in my room with a Radler (half beer, half lemonade or soda)," Jhula tells Vice. "I took standard vinyasa sequences, which most people have done a bunch of times, and tried to figure out everywhere I could work beer in there."

The two now hold classes in nightclubs, festivals, bars and even outdoors. Beer yoga has also spread internationally to Australia and, most recently, Thailand.

It's more than just some hipster fad and excuse to get tipsy.

"BeerYoga is fun but it’s no joke," the site reads. "We take the philosophies of yoga and pair it with the pleasure of beer-drinking to reach your highest level of consciousness."

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Imagine doing sun beer salutations or raising a bottle while balancing in tree pose. Yeah, sounds pretty tough, especially for those of us who aren't even graceful sober. But don't worry about perfection, because it won't take too long before people exhale their self-consciousness and everyone's feeling pretty good.

To that we say, let's get down, dog.

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