This new yoga class is all about the healing power of gin

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Kayleigh Dray

And… breathe.

We’ve long waxed lyrical about the healing powers of gin; not only is it packed full of health benefits, but it also helps us to unwind after a long week at the office – which, in our mind, makes it a form of therapy for mind, body, and soul. So it makes sense that yoga instructors are getting in on all of that botanical action.

That’s right; gin yoga is now a thing. Which means that you can combine your downward facing dog with the hair of the dog, and not a soul will judge you.

It's time to add some gin to your yin...

It's time to add some gin to your yin...

Dubbed “the perfect way to spend your Friday night”, Yin and Gin promises to rejuvenate you so that you’re ready for the weekend.

Writing on their website, Good Yoga Life explain: “Yin can be described as stable, feminine, passive, cool, and downward moving. Yang is depicted as changing, mobile, masculine, active, hot, and upward moving. By bringing both yin and yang aspects together we can experience all the benefits of both styles. Ending with yin can release any tension you might have built up during the yang part of your practice and grounds you, relaxing and calming the nervous system.

“After class, relax and socialise with your fellow yogis and enjoy a glass or two of Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin, coming to you from the mysterious, ancient spice route.”

The East London yogis continue: “How much is myth and how much fact? All we know for sure know is that for centuries this fabled trail inspired the intrepid and the bold, luring them eastward with the promise of a fragrant, priceless bounty.

“Like those explorers of old, we too have ventured far – to seek out the exotic spices and botanicals to create Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin.”

Savour those botanicals... and breathe

Savour those botanicals... and breathe

There’s a 60 minute class scheduled for this evening  (24 Feb) at 6.45pm and, depending on how successful it proves (we’re predicting ‘very’), there will be yet more Yin and Gin in the future.

You can get your tickets here – but, if they’ve sold out, don’t despair; just check out some of the other fine gin experiences in the UK right here. Or, you know, you can stick on a workout DVD, pour yourself a glass of mother’s ruin, and get stuck in from the comfort of your own home.

Namaste, everybody. And bottoms up!

Images: Good Yoga Life / iStock


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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