Here’s a fun one! On this Wednesday afternoon – as we’re pining for Friday to get here already! – comes the eternal question of the (happy) hour,
“To booze or not to booze before yoga class?”
“Asanas on Ice” wrote in to Chow.com with the query, requesting an ethical/health check on pre-yoga buzz form
A couple times recently, I have gone to my evening yoga class after having drinks with friends. I admit that I may have been a little buzzed. Is it bad form to go to yoga while under the influence? —Asanas on Ice
Citing yoga and wine retreats as an example of enlightenment meets inebriation, CHOW ethicist in residence, Helena, responds with a sobering and logical, mm…duh. As if balancing and focus wasn’t tough already, you can imagine alcohol will not enhance your abilities to stand on one foot (or two) and NOT crash into your neighboring yogsters! Plus, try inverting after cocktails and see how that hits you. (actually don’t. no good, no matter how big your beer muscles).
Though a little teensy weensy sip of the sauce won’t alter your practice too much, it’s advised that if you’re out with your mates slamming down the 2-for-1 specials, it’s probably best you just keep on chugging. Or so says YD pal Les Leventhal, “Everything is yoga for me on or off the mat, so if you are out having a good time with friends, let that be your practice.”
That sounds about right, and certainly has us yogadorks feeling a little less guilty about opting for leavening via libations sometimes. Yogini Martinis anyone? After yoga of course.
Stoner? The same could go for you, though that’s another topic entirely.