PHNOM PENH (CAMBODIA) – After a six-week lockdown Phnom Penh’s TwoBirds Craft Beer brewery is back on the mat, for some yoga with a bottle of beer on the side!
The brewery’s yoga classes, resumed across Cambodia. The yoga classes are a fun combination of yoga poses which is only complete when one clutches a beer in hand. While yoga purists stay away from these entertaining sessions, they’re attracting devotees across the country.
“I have more fun with beer yoga. It’s not as serious as traditional yoga,” said Sreyline Bacha, 25, as she reached for a beer glass, wobbling just a little to maintain her balance in a pose.
“We are with friends and say ‘cheers’ and sip beer and that makes me feel very happy,” added Bacha, who manages social media influencers.
Its creation can be traced back to a stunt at America’s Burning Man festival in 2013, beer yoga has since enjoyed popularity in different parts of the world.
“It’s not like a real yoga practise, it’s more like a gathering with friends, incorporating yoga moves for entertainment,” said instructor Anna, who arrived in Cambodia about two months ago.
Connor Cheney Kirsch, general manager of BeerPro Import Export Co., which owns TwoBirds, said the classes, held in a former garment factory, were about community and bringing people together after work.
“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.