Beer yoga classes resume post lockdown in Cambodia – About Your Online Magazine


Connor Cheney Kirsch, general manager of BeerPro Import Export Co., which owns TwoBirds, said the classes, taught at an old clothing factory, were about community and meeting people after work.

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PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 22, 2021 10:04 IST

For some, a post-block group activity that combines exercise with alcohol may seem like the ideal stressor for coronavirus – although yoga purists should probably avoid Phnom Penh’s TwoBirds Craft Beer while it is taking place.

The brewery’s yoga classes, which resumed after a six-week blockade across Cambodia – which officially registered no deaths from COVID – were suspended on January 1, combined with holding a pose and grabbing a beer, and are attracting devotees.

At a craft brewery in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, people participate in a beer yoga session, while the country eases the restrictions of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (REUTERS)
At a craft brewery in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, people participate in a beer yoga session, while the country eases the restrictions of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (REUTERS)

“I have more fun with beer yoga. It’s not as serious as traditional yoga,” said Sreyline Bacha, 25, as she reached for a glass of beer, swinging a little to keep her balance in her pose.

“We are with friends and we say ‘screams’ and we drink beer and that makes me very happy,” added Bacha, who manages social media influencers.

At a craft brewery in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, people participate in a beer yoga session, while the country eases the restrictions of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (REUTERS)
At a craft brewery in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, people participate in a beer yoga session, while the country eases the restrictions of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (REUTERS)

Its creation attributed to an acrobatics at the Burning Man festival of America in 2013, beer yoga enjoyed sporadic popularity in different parts of the world.

“It is not like a real yoga practice, it is more like a gathering of friends, incorporating yoga movements for entertainment,” said instructor Anna, who arrived in Cambodia about two months ago.

At a craft brewery in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, people participate in a beer yoga session, while the country eases the restrictions of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (REUTERS)
At a craft brewery in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, people participate in a beer yoga session, while the country eases the restrictions of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (REUTERS)

Connor Cheney Kirsch, general manager of BeerPro Import Export Co., which owns TwoBirds, said the classes, taught at an old clothing factory, were about community and meeting people after work.

“If you fall or something, no one will look at you in a strange way. It’s all about fun, ”said Kirsch.

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