Yoga and beer tasting workshops aren't new. But what was once a small niche seems to be gaining popularity - with yoga classes at breweries from California to South Carolina and many places in between.
A beer brewery might seem like an unlikely place for a yoga class, but for some, that's a part of the appeal. “The floors are concrete, and they’re usually a bit dirty. It’s loud from the glycol chiller," said Beth Cosi, who teaches a class called Bendy Brewski at breweries around Charleston, SC. "It’s garage band yoga. You’ve got to be OK with that.”
Cosi, who had worked in the restaurant business when she began teaching yoga said she noticed how much her coworkers needed the practice. But no matter how much she invited them to come to her studio classes, they never came. She realized they were intimidated by the yoga studio, so she started offering yoga classes at a local brewery to make the practice more accessible. Following the classes with a beer tasting was a no brainer. “There’s a kind of serenity after a good yoga class, and what followed was relaxing, slow conversation with no drama and no yoga hype,” Cosi said.
There are other advantages to practicing yoga where craft beer is brewed, too. From the smell of hops to the feeling of community, breweries offer a casual atmosphere that brings together students who might otherwise never practice yoga with seasoned practitioners who enjoy a good beer.
“Beer and yoga have a few things in common, but the most important is happiness," said beer blogger and yoga teacher Adrienne Jenise, who teaches BrewAsanas in the Denver and Boulder, Colorado areas. "Both are soothing, relaxing, and lead to a casual social environment."