Brew­ery of­fers glass of beer with co­bra pose

Ses­sion will cel­e­brate Day of Yoga

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - BY SARAH NEL­SON

Walk­ing into a yoga stu­dio for the first time can be a daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence: Ev­ery­one else seems to know how the class works and the room swel­ters.

So a change of venue — say, a brew­ery — could help a would-be yogi ease into down­ward dog. Es­pe­cially with a cold pint.

Satur­day is the In­ter­na­tional Day of Yoga, and the 3 Star Brew­ing Co. in North­west Wash­ing­ton is of­fer­ing a yoga ses­sion and lo­cal craft brews, cour­tesy of the Beer Yo­gis.

“We both love yoga and we both love beer. It just made sense for us,” said Mikki Trow­bridge, one of the two Beer Yo­gis. “For me, it started as a one-time thing, and we re­al­ized how pow­er­ful the com­bi­na­tion is.”

Lo­cals also can re­lax into co­bra pose and cow pose for a two-hour yoga ses­sion on Satur­day at the Yoga for Har­mony and Peace event spon­sored by the Em­bassy of In­dia and Friends of Yoga.

While not paired with bar­ley-based bev­er­ages after, med­i­ta­tion and breath­work be­tween poses will help guide par­tic­i­pants through the prac­tice from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Syl­van Theatre on the Na­tional Mall.

Coun­tries from around the world cel­e­brate the In­ter­na­tional Day of Yoga, but the Dis­trict has hosted the event twice since 2015, said Will Bohlen of the Podesta Group, a lob­by­ing firm spe­cial­iz­ing in global pub­lic af­fairs.

The match­ing of the thou­sand-yearold prac­tice of yoga with the equally an­cient craft of beer came to­gether in the past cou­ple of years, said Dave Cole­man, co-owner of the 3 Star Brew­ing Co. The brew­ery hosts a monthly yoga and beer event.

“Now, it’s at its most pop­u­lar than I’ve ever seen it,” Mr. Cole­man said.

The ex­act ori­gins of the fit­ness trend are un­known, said Ms. Trow­bridge, a yoga in­struc­tor from Ohio.

But for her and fel­low Beer Yogi Melissa Klimo-Ma­jor, their part­ner­ship and prac­tice hap­pened “or­gan­i­cally,” due to their roots in Ore­gon and Cleve­land, which they say have sig­nif­i­cant beer scenes.

From Ger­many to Aus­tralia, the beer-and-yoga sen­sa­tion made its way to the United States. While con­tem­po­rary yoga classes of­ten at­tract more se­ri­ous and toned ex­er­cise en­thu­si­asts, the re­laxed rep­u­ta­tion of the Bal­ance & Brews events light­ens the mood.

“It’s about the ac­ces­si­bil­ity to yoga,” said Ms. Klimo-Ma­jor, who teaches yoga in Ore­gon. “Bring­ing it out into world and see­ing it re­ally is some­thing where you don’t need this very con­trolled space.”

“We try to gear these classes to­ward all lev­els of yo­gis to try and make them ac­ces­si­ble to all,” Ms. Trow­bridge said. “We talk about it be­ing a com­bi­na­tion of things that feel good in mod­er­a­tion.”

While some yoga and beer events di­rectly in­cor­po­rate the drinks in the ses­sion (such as bal­anc­ing bot­tles on top of your head), Ms. Trow­bridge and Klimo-Ma­jor pre­fer their pints sep­a­rately in the tap­room after class for at­ten­dees to con­nect with one an­other, as yoga teaches prac­ticers to con­nect with their own bod­ies.

Or, they say, par­tic­i­pants can drink a pint be­fore.

The Beer Yo­gis will hold a ses­sion at the 3 Star Brew­ing Co. from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Satur­day.

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