I was completely intrigued when I heard about “Bend and Brew”. Bend and Brew is a collaboration between Core Power Yoga and Mad Fox Brewing to bring together yoga and beer tasting. Yep, 2 totally unrelated and seemingly incongruous activities. I knew I wanted in though!
Bend and Brew
Admittedly, I am really not a beer drinker at all. I am, a lover of yoga and a fan of Core Power Yoga classes. I was intrigued by this unconventional blend and curious to check it out. Naturally, I roped in one of my fellow running buddies to join me and we set up our mats to see what was “on tap”.
Bend and Brew was held at Mad Fox Brewing-a local favorite Craft Beer hangout which happens to be next door to Core Power Yoga. Half of the restaurant was cleared out and ready for the yogis to set up their mats. We were then instructed to pick up our beer flights from the bar and place them at the front of our mats. That was a first!
The beer flight was arranged from lightest to darkest. As I mentioned, not a beer drinker, so I have no idea what exactly they were. I do know that I prefer the lighter beers as opposed to the ales.
A great class for beginner yogis. The vibe was very laid back and accepting of newer students. A group of about 20 students with 2 instructors provided a welcoming atmosphere with opportunities for hands on assistance. The beer tasting was creatively woven into our practice.
While in a forward fold or yogi squat we were instructed to take a sip of our beers. As I mentioned, not a big beer drinker here and I may have gotten a little tipsy by the end. Holding a yoga squat while balancing a beer is not easy!
I am embarrassed to admit I spilled a whole beer all over my yoga mat. That was also a first! In case you missed it a few weeks ago, this is the easiest & most efficient way to clean a yoga mat.
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