Phnom Penh Yoga Fans Return To Mat After Lockdown – With A Beer

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – For some, a post-lockdown group activity that combines exercise with alcohol may seem like the ideal coronavirus stress-buster – though yoga purists should probably avoid Phnom Penh’s TwoBirds Craft Beer brewery while it’s taking place.

The brewery’s yoga classes, resumed after a six-week lockdown across Cambodia – which has officially recorded not a single COVID death – was lifted on Jan. 1, combine holding a pose with clutching a beer, and they’re attracting devotees.

“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 attributed to a stunt at America’s Burning Man festival in 2013, beer yoga has since enjoyed sporadic 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.

***This article was originally published on Reuters.