For others, the perfect coronavirus stress-buster might seem like a post-lockdown community activity that mixes exercise with alcohol – while yoga purists should definitely avoid the TwoBirds Craft Beer brewery in Phnom Penh while it takes place.
After a six-week lockdown across Cambodia – which officially reported not a single COVID death – the brewery’s yoga classes, resumed on Jan. 1, were lifted, coupled keeping a pose with grasping a bottle, and they are attracting devotees.
“I have more fun with beer yoga. It’s not as serious as traditional yoga,” said Sreyline Bacha, 25, Wobbling just a bit to keep her balance in a stance as she reached for a beer bottle. “We are with friends and say ‘cheers’ and sip beer and that makes me feel very happy,” she added, who handles influencers on social media.
Beer yoga has since enjoyed occasional success in various parts of the world, its formation attributed to a stunt at America’s Burning Man festival in 2013.
“It’s not like a real yoga practise, it’s more like a gathering with friends, incorporating yoga moves for entertainment,” said instructor Anna.
The lessons, held in a former garment factory, were about community and getting people together after work, Connor Cheney Kirsch, general manager of BeerPro Import Export Co., which owns TwoBirds, said.
“If you fall over, or something, nobody is going to look at you in a strange way. It’s all about the fun,” said Kirsch.