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When you're se­lect­ing a work­out stu­dio or method, it's about find­ing a class that fits what you're in­ter­ested in tar­get­ing as well as what fits your mood at the mo­ment. A few weeks ago, we took our first Yoga Unwined class, which is founded by Mor­gan Perry and yes this com­bines yoga and wine to­gether in a re­spon­si­bile and fit way!

Yoga Unwined is a yoga and wine ed­u­ca­tion com­pany. The classes weave to­gether vinyasa-based yoga and fun wine facts through creative yoga poses. Each hour long ed­u­ca­tional class ends with a med­i­ta­tive wine tast­ing, invit­ing you to mind­fully taste what's in your glass while ap­ply­ing what you learned through the poses.

Mor­gan worked in wine mar­ket­ing for a decade and fell in love with wine when she had the chance to visit winer­ies and vine­yards in Chile on a press trip. She came back to New York and started tak­ing wine classes to learn more, and has been hooked ever since. She had prac­ticed yoga for the past seven years. When she left her job in 2016, she im­me­di­ately en­rolled in an im­mer­sive yoga teacher train­ing pro­gram. It was dur­ing this time that she cre­ated a yoga class that in­cluded wine ed­u­ca­tion.

Each class fo­cuses on one grape va­ri­etal (like Pinot Noir or Chardon­nay) or cat­e­gory (like rosé or sparkling wine), so you will get a chance to learn about 20 facts about that par­tic­u­lar wine. In­struc­tors dis­cuss some ba­sic, but fun facts, which can in­clude wine­mak­ing in­for­ma­tion, tast­ing notes, food pair­ings and more. Th­ese facts are wo­ven seam­lessly into the yoga flow, which is about 45 min­utes long. Af­ter a five minute savasana or breath­ing med­i­ta­tion, you have the chance to com­para- tively taste two dif­fer­ent ex­pres­sions of the wine you just learned about and are able to see, smell and taste first­hand what is learned on the mat.

In New York City, they have part­nered with The Arlo Ho­tel for their series - Bub­bles & Brunch (look for th­ese monthly classes in 2018). Stu­dents can book a pack­age that in­cludes a Yoga Unwined class (fo­cus­ing on sparkling wine), fol­lowed by bot­tom­less brunch at Arlo No­mad's restau­rant, Mas­soni. Re­cently, they con­cluded a series with Out­door Voices and have part­ner­ships with sev­eral yoga stu­dios, such as Yoga Vida, with bi-monthly work­shops. In Jan­uary, classes will be held at Lu­l­ule­mon and SO­LACE.

Ex­pan­sion for Yoga Unwined will take place in Austin, TX due to the founder be­ing from Texas. Af­ter the suc­cess of an event held in Austin this past sum­mer, she will be of­fer­ing a course this Feb at Austin Win­ery.

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