Namaste at the brewery: Why yoga and beer go so perfectly together

Namaste at the brewery: Why yoga and beer go so perfectly together

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Kristina: Why pints and mats belong together:

1) You can find your zen – Whether it is laying your mat in savasana or pulling up a barstool, people need to find their happy place in this chaotic bustling world. Combining the both makes for an even better stress relieving experience.

2) It’s okay to be a newbie –  Trying something new for the first time can be scary. That being said, everyone is welcome. Even if you have no idea what a Downward Dog is, yogis are friendly and understanding of all abilities. If it’s your first time at a brewery and are overwhelmed by the plethora of options on the menu, servers and bartenders are there to help by answering any questions and make recommendations for your individual wants.

3) Both worlds understand the importance of giving back – LOTS of Yoga Studios have by-donation classes or events throughout the year. Breweries also often host tap take overs or specialty brews that give back a portion to various charities throughout the year. At the end of a beer or class it is a good feeling knowing that your contribution is going to help someone else.

4) Community – Once you find that local studio or brewpub that’s basically your second home, the staff and other fellow yogis are your new best friends. I personally jump around to a lot of different studios and brewpubs, and I meet new friends every step of the way.

I’m going to shamelessly throw this in there to make my dreams come true….some future collaborations I would love to see: TwoDEEP Brewing & Practice Indie, or maybe Blind Owl Brewing & Breathing Space Yoga + Meditation. 


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​Laura: The athletes among us will testify to the fact that it’s not a good idea to drink and exercise. Showing up for a run or a swim tanked is a surefire recipe for disaster. What about the other way around, though? The rise of fun runs with a congratulatory beer waiting at the finish line shows us that there’s nothing wrong with exercising then drinking. In fact, it’s a great combination! Below are three local businesses that are making the most of this trend with some stellar yoga and beverage pairings. Reclining hero pose, meet reclining beer pose.

Community Yoga at Sun King Brewing
Tree House Yoga and Sun King Brewing have partnered to put on a weekly yoga series at the downtown location. This hour-long class will take you through several series of poses to get your blood flowing, but nothing so strenuous that it won’t be accessible to all levels of fitness. After the class, complimentary samples of Sun King beers are available, as are pints to purchase. The suggested donation of $10 goes directly to The Julian Center. This is a bring your own mat class, and layers are recommended because the brewery can be chilly. Class starts at 10:30 each Saturday, but it’s recommended that you get there early because class fills up fast and once 60 participants have signed up, you’ll be out of luck.

Go With the Flow at New Day Meadery
Each Thursday at New Day Meadery, you can feel the bodies becoming more flexible as you hear the mead being poured. This award-winning meadery partners with new Fountain Square yoga studio Body Space to provide an hour-long yoga class for all levels of yoga enthusiasts. The class is $12 and includes a glass of mead or cider. With classics like Washington’s Folly, a tart cherry mead, and Breakfast Magpie, their renowned black raspberry mead with hints of coffee, you can’t go wrong with your selection. The class is bring your own mat, so tote in your gear and prepare to get limber.

Yoga & Beer with Pokro Brewing Co.
Pokro Brewing, located in Griffith and specializing in belgian and english-style beers, has a history of opening its doors to the beer and yoga crowd. For $20 you can spread out your mat in the tap room and enjoy an hour-long yoga class and a pint of beer. Pokro has partnered with Kristina Standley Yoga in the past to offer classes and hopefully will do so again. They are currently in the middle of a remodeling project, but once operations are back up and running another yoga and beer event could be in the works. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details.

Did we miss a great brewery/beer combo? Let us know in the comments!




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