hosts yoga/wine and yoga/beer events that are both public and
private at a variety of Chicago locales for $25-$35 per
studio approached The Lucky Monk about offering the Pints and
Poses event. Nichole Bajko, Lucky Monk’s events coordinator,
thought they had the perfect spot — the outdoor patio which
overlooks a pond. Following the yoga session, attendees
sampled beer and appetizers. The first event, held on a 70
degree day in mid-May, drew 22 people. Bajko hopes to have
another one in August.
Beer Company’s first event in Evanston was last May during
Craft Beer Week. Ten minutes before the 1 p.m. start time,
nobody was filling up the 1,700 square-foot space at the back
of the brewery where malt is stored and beer ages in barrels.
"And I thought, ‘Oh well, maybe it will end up being a
private yoga lesson for me,’" said Josh Gilbert,
Temperance Brewery founder. But then nine people showed up.
A few of
the participants had tried yoga/beer events before while
others had a yoga background and were eager to try yoga in a
brewery rather than a traditional studio. After an hour and 15
minutes of yoga, led by instructor Jennifer Arrington Breen,
the group gathered to taste beer with three different types of
puts you in a nice state of mind," Gilbert said of the
beer tasting. "We just had this unique, common
experience, and then with a beer afterward it makes it more
likely to actually talk to each other and talk about the
experience and make new friends."
love that it really throws people off guard," Breen
added. "Like ‘why beer and yoga?’ But yoga is really
about bringing the body and the mind together and mindfulness.
It’s really about being in touch with the body and
practicing moderation," she said. Neither too much yoga
nor too much beer is healthy, but a little bit of everything
in moderation is fine, Breen said.
proceeds from Temperance Trikonasana go to area charities such
as the Talking Farm in Skokie, a working farm that focuses on
cultivating sustainable communities and educational outreach,
or Curt’s Café in Evanston, which provides job training to
main goal is really to have a fun time, introduce some people
to yoga and raise some money for area charities," Breen
Malungcot and Kristie Wagner, both certified, part-time yoga
teachers in Chicago, are the creators of Yogaquench, a company
that pairs yoga with wine or beer tastings and offers public
and private events.
can be intimidating if you’ve never done a downward
dog," Wagner said. "We wanted to show that yoga
doesn’t have to be so serious."
the women started by hosting yoga/beer events, and still do,
they soon added wine tasting. They did so after realizing that
their get-togethers to plan for future events often happened
over a glass of wine. "Why are we talking about beer? We
are drinking a glass of wine,’" said Wagner, who is
also studying to be a sommelier. "We both share passions
for yoga as well as a great beer or a glass of wine. We cannot
be the only two people in the world who do."
a lawyer from Los Angeles, was visiting Chicago during Craft
Beer Week last spring when he found out about the first
Temperance event while researching things to do in the area.
Since he does yoga/beer events weekly in L.A., he was excited
to find out about this one.
said he enjoyed doing yoga in the industrial space at
Temperance where they keep the kegs, surrounded by the noise
of the machinery and the "earthy smell from the
moved from Chicago to L.A. two years ago, he has found a
community in the participants of yoga/beer events offered at
L.A.’s Golden Road Brewing or Angel City Brewery. His group
of yoga/beer friends now meets up outside of yoga to watch
roller derby, go hiking or attend barbecues. The shared bond
grew out of an enjoyment of both beer and fitness, O’Hara
said. "In that way, it’s more indication of a broader
movement of people who are less extreme in either one,"
be too early to tell what type of attendees these
yoga-meets-beer events will draw since some of them are just
starting up, but at Yogaquench, participants are usually in
their late 20s or early 30s, Wagner and Malungcot said. At the
two events Temperance has held so far, participants have
ranged in age from 22 to 50, Breen noted. So far about 60
percent are female and 40 percent are male, she said.
said that yoga/beer events may be an ideal introduction for
people — especially men — into the world of yoga. However,
she ensures that the alcoholic component doesn’t overshadow
the essence of yoga.
make sure to incorporate the yoga philosophy and the
mindfulness behind it," she said. "It’s not just
an arbitrary, ‘Hey, let’s do exercise and drink a bunch of