Yoga at McFate Brewery. Photo by Ofelia Montelongo.

Forget Yoga with Banyard Animals. Now, there's Yoga with Booze

Written by Ofelia Montelongo Category: Culture Issue: October 2017
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Apparently there's nothing that doesn't pair well with yoga. This past year, Phoenix has welcomed yoga with goats, yoga with cats, yoga on paddleboards, and now... yoga with booze.

This "fitness" trend (and we say "fitness" with a massive grain of salt because surely, replenishing your body with booze after a sweat sesh is not really healthy, per se) is good news for all those who've ever thought, "You know what sounds good right now? A beer," while in flying locus.

Still, a leisurely morning or afternoon spent in feel-good asanas followed by a refreshing cocktail sounds downright lovely as the temps around the Valley finally begin cooling off. Below, a variety of places offering one-hour classes for a low fee and the opportunity to sip delicious craft cocktails, beers or mimosas afterwards. Grab your mats.

The Cool Down Yoga Event
Saturday, Oct. 15, 7-10 p.m.
Mountain Shadows Resort, 5445 E. Lincoln, Dr. Paradise Valley

Practice your ujjayi breath beneath the stars and Camelback Mountain at the beautiful Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley. Following the 60-minute class led by yoga instructor Veronica Clark, guests are invited to cool down pool-side with a craft cocktail, where DJ Soloman will sping claiming, zen-inspired music. Your $35 ticket includes the class, parking, poolside cool down and a martini. Book your spot here.

The resort also offers free yoga on Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m., and afterwards you can get a glass a wine for $5.

United by Yoga & Beer
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.
SunUp Brewing Co., 322 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix

Since 2001, SunUp Brewing has been nourishing our bellies with delicious food and craft beer. Now they're feeding our soul with yoga. The Beer Yogis, who spread their love of yoga and beer, will be in Phoenix for this $25, one-hour class that includes a pint of beer after flowing. Reserve your spot here.

The brewery also offers $5 yoga classes on select Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Led by the Yoga for First Responders, the reservation fee and any donations made will benefit the non-profit that helps first responders through yoga philosophy and somatic and cognitive exercises. After class, enjoy happy hour pricing, including $1 off all draught beer, wine, ciders and $5 appetizers.
October 15, November 12

Yoga & Beer
First Sunday of every month. 10:30 a.m.
McFate Brewing Company, 1312 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Happy baby pose and a beer? Why not, at McFate Brewing in South Scottsdale. Your $10 ticket includes a one-hour yoga class, and a pint of your choice of McFate beer. All levels are welcome.

Yoga and Brunch
Select Sundays, 10 a.m.
Coup Des Tartes, 1725 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix
The American-French bistro offers yoga classes and mimosas every other Sunday. The price for the class and a mimosa is $10. If you stay for brunch, you get 10% discount off your check. You can register in advance through their website, or pay cash at the door.

Wine & Unwind
Friday, October 27; Friday, November 24, 4 p.m.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale
This fall, switch up your Friday happy hour tradition with yoga at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Mingle afterwards with fellow yogis on the resort's stunning grounds with a complementary glass of red or white wine. The cost per person is $20.

Cheers! Or, should we say, namaste.