Of all the quirky yoga classes around Colorado’s Front Range—from stand-up paddleboard yoga to yoga with wolves, goats or kangaroos—there is a class where yogis find their asana amid the aromas of hops and malt.
Yoga & Brews, founded and instructed by Melanie Reynolds, combines some of the most popular communities within the Springs: yoga and beer. Although some might see yoga as a disciplined, quiet time to focus on their inner-selves without the influence of outside forces—such as beer—Reynolds’ goal is to create a new namaste, a word that serves as a reminder that we are all one.
“It’s definitely my vision for building the community,” Reynolds says. “I teach at breweries that have good space, good staff and good beer. I see us as a partnership.”
Reynolds created the class as a combination of things that makes people feel good. Her sessions are physically challenging, but not too hard for a first-timer, and her energy creates a welcoming, energetic space.
Reynolds was encouraged by a friend, a beertender at Gold Camp Brewing Company, four years ago to start a new style of yoga because of Reynolds’ passion for both. She chooses the host breweries based on the shared passions and values of local brews and yoga.
Typically, the most-attended Yoga & Brews class is at Goat Patch Brewing Company on Monday nights, where about 20 people often show up, Reynolds says.
This is the class I went to, and by talking with my mat-neighbors, I wasn’t the only new face. One person discovered the class when he was sitting at the bar at Goat Patch and saw the flyer that lists nightly events. He was from Delaware and on a mission to attend multiple Springs yoga classes. By the end of the class, he got a taste of the Springs’ communities. Another woman in the class, who is a regular beer-loving yogi, was celebrating her birthday. At the end of class, Reynolds brought out a cake and candles, and we all sang to her.
Whether you’re nervous about your first yoga experience or just need some new brew buddies, Yoga & Brews is sure to enlighten you with a warm, welcoming vibe.
Find Your Yoga & Brews Class
All classes are $15 including one drink or $10 for just the yoga class. Many breweries also have food trucks, so class members are encouraged to find the biggest table in the room and gather for a post-yoga feast. Check out the current times and locations below. Get complete details at yoganbrews.com
Sundays: Oskar Blues Brewery
118 N. Tejon St., 9:45-11 a.m.
This class at Oskars led by Jess is a powerful one, so be ready to sweat. Then refresh afterward with a beer, bloody mary or mimosa and brunch.
Mondays: Goat Patch Brewing
2727 N. Cascade Ave., 5:45-7 p.m.
Stretch and bend with the class across the hall from the pub. Some proceeds benefit UpaDowna, an organization that fosters healthy communities and respect for the environment through outdoor experiences.
Tuesdays: Metric Brewing
1213 N. Circle Drive, 5:45-7 p.m.
A unique space in the back brewing area offers sweet aromas for every breath of pranayama. Food is available from Speakeasy BBQ.
Thursdays: Beasts & Brews
7 Spectrum Loop, 5:45-7 p.m.
Bring your mat to the private event space in the brewery for the practice, then rehydrate with your choice of beer from more than 85 options.
Every Last Saturday: Pikes Peak Brewing
1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr., Monument, 10-11:15 a.m.
The views of Pikes Peak from your mat while doing all-level power-flow class at this brewery is hard to beat.
Watch for this Wednesday class returning in spring 2020.
Stir Coffee & Cocktails
2323 N. Wahsatch Ave., 5:45-7 p.m.
Namaste in nature at Bonforte Park with this power-flow class led by Stormy, then head across the street to Stir for your beverage of choice.