- The Washington Times - Monday, June 20, 2016

The co-founders of a national exercise phenomenon think they have found the perfect beverage for the end of a hot, sweaty yoga session — a cold porter at your local brewery.

Last year, Mikki Trowbridge and Melissa Klimo-Major founded the Beer Yogis, a partnership with breweries around the country to host their yoga sessions. Next month, they’re stopping by the District on their nationwide Asana & Ale tour.

Mixing the serenity of the lotus position with the clamor of a beer hall might seem unworkable. But Ms. Trowbridge says doing yoga in an uncontrolled environment like a brewery can help yogis be comfortable with themselves in the moment.

“Just the idea of a class at a brewery or somewhere different makes it inviting and approaching for people. The biggest benefit is that it’s laid-back,” says Ms. Trowbridge, a yoga instructor from Ohio.

Ms. Trowbridge had known Ms. Klimo-Major, a yoga instructor from Oregon who shared a passion for postures and pints, via Instagram when they met face-to-face last year in New York City, where the idea for a Beer Yogis tour blossomed. They challenged their Instagram followers to post pictures of themselves doing poses and enjoying brews, thus growing the Beer Yogis community.



Yoga instructor Brad Ellsworth, who grew up in the District, reached out to the pint-loving pair for a local collaboration.

Druminyasa, Mr. Ellsworth’s studio in Richmond, features live drumming during its yoga sessions. The rhythm of the drums synchronizes with practitioners’ breath and movement.

“You can make it dynamic and live to the class, so you can pick up the tempo and dynamics when things are more intense. Then you can take it back when you’re seated and the breath slows down,” Mr. Ellsworth says.

Mr. Ellsworth directed the two instructors to a friend — who happens to be a co-owner of the 3 Stars Brewing Co. in Northeast, where they will conduct their D.C. beer-and-yoga event on July 6. The 7 p.m.-8 p.m. session is set for the brewery’s Urban Farmhouse taproom, and yogis will have the freedom to choose a pint from 3 Stars’ 22 brews. Participants can register on the Beer Yogis’ website, and there is a $25 registration fee.

For brewery co-founder David Coleman, Mr. Ellsworth’s friend, striking a tree pose in a bar is not an unusual proposal. 3 Stars has opened its doors to present Druminyasa sessions, as well as Mr. Ellsworth’s funk band, Boxwave.

“I’m always looking to expand our clientele and expose people to our brand and beer culture. It seemed like a good way to do that,” Mr. Coleman said.

Instead of meditating in a studio with candles and incense, yogis will perform their postures, or asanas, for an hour inside an industrial brewery. Cooling down in corpse pose with a crisp India pale ale seems fitting. Cheers and namaste.

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