The Best New Trend In Yoga Brings Beer Drinking To The Mat
Jay Dawson June 7th 2017 Health
We've seen some pretty insane trends in our time. Some of them have been mere memes, some of them have somehow stuck around, and some of them have just been downright stupid. Well, we've uncovered the newest craze around, and for once it actually makes a whole lot of sense. It's called Beer Yoga, and it's going to change the way you think about exercise forever.
A Spiritual Union
We're not going to beat around the bush with this one. The name really says it all: it's yoga, but with beer. Have you ever heard of a combination that sounds so perfect? Yoga is not just about flexibility and subtle exercise - it's also a workout for the spirit, an exercise for the soul. It's about channeling the good energy into your life, and using slow and steady mindfulness to bring calm to your day.
Which is, in a way, exactly what beer does too. Sure, it can be abused, but then again so can exercise (just look at bodybuilders). When you sit down for a beer at the end of the day, though, you're performing a ritual that brings you relief, brings you into the present moment, and as the cool malty richness of the brew slides down your parched throat, makes everything in the world seem just right. So why not bring the two together?
History Of Yoga
Let's start with yoga, the ancient art that's part of everyday life for millions of people around the world. Yoga is not necessarily just the exercises you see advertised at your local gym. Developed around the 5th and 6th century BCE in ancient India, yoga - as it figures in Hindu, Buddhist and Janaist religions, is a combination of physical, spiritual, and mental practices that bring about a better state of being and religious devotion.
It's about meditation as much as the physical exercise (which is called Hatha Yoga, a branch of the larger tree of yoga). As yoga took form and developed, during 200BCE to 500AD, its philosophy and system were also put into writing. But it wasn't until the mid-19th century that the western world really started to notice this ancient art. And it took the free love movement of the 1960s to really make it popular with modern-day audiences.
Other Yoga Combinations
Since its resurgence in the 1980s, yoga has almost never left the public consciousness. Even people who are not spiritually minded, or distrust the ancient religious teachings, find value in its meditation and exercise. Gyms with yoga classes and yoga studios have sprouted like flowers across the world, offering this unique kind of exercise to the masses, and now there are hundreds of millions of devout followers.
The other feature of the 21st century, of course, is commercialization. Yoga studios won't survive on love alone. So yoga studios have had to come up with new and weird ways to promote the activity, and bring in members that might go elsewhere. From the old fad of bikram or "hot" yoga has come even stranger versions: things like antigravity yoga (in a hammock), yoga on a stand-up paddleboard, snowga (yoga in the snow), noga (yoga, butt-naked), and doga (yoga with a dog). We wish we made that last one up.
The Beauty Of Beer
So adding beer to yoga isn't really as wacky as it may seem, especially in a class where you tend to get all hot and sweaty. What better way to replace those precious bodily fluids? Beer is, despite the best efforts of teetotalers and governments to tell us otherwise, a wonderful thing. A nectar of the gods. It lets us relax, tastes like heaven, and gives us pleasure at the end of a hard day.
Beer has an ancient history and tradition that can't be denied, much like yoga. In fact, since it possibly dates back to 9500BCE, it's the oldest alcoholic beverage in existence and possibly even older than yoga itself. Currently, it's the third most popular beverage in the world, after water and tea, and it's easy to see why. Even back in 5000BCE, in Uruk (what is now Iraq), workers were actually paid in beer. Quite possibly the best system in the planet.
For a while, though, beer was going through a flat patch. The world of beer was more or less owned by just a handful of mega breweries, and most beer in the last two decades was becoming more and more generic, more mass-manufactured. It was mostly the labels that differentiated one beer from another - not the taste. And this was when beer became a tool to get drunk, not a liquid drunk for pleasure.
Enter the craft brewers, which in a sense have been operating in Germany for centuries, but have only really caught on elsewhere in the last decade. They're small, independently-run breweries that are not afraid to use both bold flavors and traditional methods to make beer with love. And now, beer is almost on the same level as wine: a drink made so well, and with such variance in flavor and subtlety, that it can be paired with certain foods. It's back again as a drink that we have, simply because we love it.
How You Do It
But enough about the history of yoga and beer, and how this beautiful marriage came to be. It's time to show you exactly how it can be done. It's going to be explained much further in the video to come, but for now we'll give you, as it were, a little taste of the action. Are you ready? Roll out your mat, slip on some tights, and grab a beer. Let's get started.
Actually, you're already doing Beer Yoga. That's all you need: to do yoga while you have a beer in the hand. Just try all the classic poses - The Warrior, The Archer, The Downward Dog, The Drunken Monkey - and keep that beer off the floor. It might seem like the stupidest of combinations, but you'll soon find that it's actually not. It actually requires a lot of concentration, once you add beer into the mix.
The Benefits Of Beer Yoga
One of the goals of Beer Yoga, in fact, is to make those astana (poses) that little bit more difficult. By holding and having to balance a beer at the same time, you're working extra muscles and improving your balance more than in regular yoga. Which is probably about the first time in the history of the world that beer has been used to give you better balance.
There are a number of other benefits to this unusual brand of yoga. Beer, obviously, is a relaxant, so in small amounts it can actually make you more flexible and more able to push your body to the limits. Given the social atmosphere of yoga, too, drinking beer while you're working out is a natural fit. Not to mention beer's other benefit, too: it makes those unflattering gym pants look so much hotter.
As good as beer yoga is - and you'll see for yourself in the following video - we can't help but feel that it's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to weird yoga. Why stop at beer, anyway? A beer bottle seems too easy - why not bring in a gin and tonic or a cosmopolitan, and make it a real challenge to pull those poses without spilling your drink everywhere?
Even moving past liquor-based yoga, there's a whole world of possibilities. We're talking yoga on an anthill, where you have to try and hold your poses while an army of fire ants crawl all over your body. Or skydiving yoga, an expensive but thrilling form of the practice. It might not help with the meditation, but it certainly would be a lot quicker. These are just two thoughts - where do you think yoga's heading next?
Where You Can Do It
Beer Yoga, for the moment, is not a worldwide phenomenon. Visit an ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas and you're pretty unlikely to find it being practiced. No, for the moment it's only available in a few places, mostly where craft breweries have taken up the banner and organized it in conjunction with their brewery tours and tasting paddles.
If you're in Berlin, Germany, or even Australia, you're in luck: these beer giants jumped on the bandwagon pretty quickly. There's some breweries in the States that are offering it, but you'll have to head to the big craft scenes in Portland, New York, and Milwaukee. There's also the Burning Man festival, which is where this craziness all started, or you could just bring a beer to your local studio and see if they say anything. Then again, you could just do it at home. That way, you don't have to drive back.
Learning For Yourself
Yoga is all about preparation, and Beer Yoga doubly so. Now that you've learned the facts and the history, you're almost ready to get started. All you need now is to drink a glass of milk, line the stomach, and maybe do a few stretches. Even once you've done that, you might want to have a few warm-up beers just to lubricate the mind. It's hard to achieve a Zen-like state with all that stress on your shoulders.
Once you've done all that, you're ready to learn how to do Beer Yoga. If you're already familiar with yoga, just take a look at this video and you'll be on your way to becoming a beer yogi in no time at all. And if you've never tried yoga before, a) what planet do you live on? and b) that beer will really help ease you in to this world of pain.
50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist
Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.