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Why Yoga + Beer Are a Perfect Pair

Yoga and beer classes are not new, but there are definite proven benefits for why you should grab your mat and enjoy a beer at the same time, including an increase of energy, improving sleep quality, and boosting immunity.

CULTIVATE MINDFUL AWARENESS

Create a complete sensory experience where you cultivate mindful awareness: recent research has found that mindfulness, or the state of being aware in the present moment, comes with a number of health benefits, including reduced levels of stress and anxiety and improved mental health and functioning. Mindfulness is already a fundamental element of yoga practice, and by adding a pint of your favorite craft beer, you create deliberate moments of mindfulness.

 

IMPROVE YOUR DIGESTION

Really! A Finnish research team analyzed barley grains and beer samples and discovered ample hordatines, phenolic compounds that may have antioxidant benefits. Hordatines have also been found to aid digestion by triggering smooth-muscle contractions. To reap the most benefits, select a beer brewed with barley malts, such as lagers, ales, stouts, and porters. Wheat and light beers typically contain barley but also wheat, rice, or corn, so hordatine concentrations are often lower, according to the study’s lead researcher, Juha-Matti Pihlava.

 

REDUCE STRESS

Yoga postures and meditation are effective in stress relief, especially with prolonged practice. When you slow down from the rush of modern life, yoga practice and medication can help you find beauty in balance: calm your mind and center on the moments that matter.

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