We get a lot of questions about Yoga + Beer events, and so we hope this list of questions is helpful in your planning. If the answer you are seeking is not here, just send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Do I have to drink beer?
We know, it’s called Yoga + Beer. But we are equal opportunity beverage appreciators – so no, you don’t have to drink beer. Some of our breweries offer other options for non-beer drinkers. But whether you have a drink after class or not, we hope you’ll stay and hang out!
I’ve never practiced yoga before … is that okay?
Absolutely! We have several people at each class that have never tried yoga before. And we have several more that are fairly new to the practice. Our goal is to make these classes truly all levels yoga classes – options to make it easier, options to make it harder – and lots of explanations for those of you who are still learning the poses. And you’ll almost always hear us start class by saying – everything we do is optional. The goal of these classes is to feel good. We have enough stress, worry, and overwhelming aspects in life … yoga shouldn’t add to that. If you get to class and you decide you want to drink beer while laying on the floor while the rest of us move through poses …. welcome to Yoga + Beer.
Will I be kicked out if I drink beer before or during class?
Yoga is a judgment free zone. You probably won’t be the only yogi who drank before class or that has a beer in class. If it helps you to relax and have a good time – go for it.
What should I wear?
You don’t need official yoga clothes to practice yoga. Just wear clothes that are easy to move in. Athletic type clothes are best.
Do I need to bring a yoga mat?
If you have a mat, please try to bring it. We always bring extra mats for people to borrow. Most of our classes happen in brewery or restaurant spaces … so the floor is not the cleanest. They sweep, they mop … but still. We recommend not bringing your cleanest, newest mat. And maybe even bringing a towel to place beneath your mat.
Do I need to sign up for class in advance?
It depends on the class. Each class listing will say if class size is limited.
Can I bring my kids?
It depends on the brewery. Gilgamesh and Seven Brides classes are all ages. The rest of our breweries are 21+ unless the event specifies differently. If you bring your kids to one of our all ages events – We simply ask that the child is able to either participate in class or sit quietly on their mat during class without disrupting those around them. Oh and … obviously, they can only participate in the yoga portion of Yoga + Beer, but they’re welcome to join us for food after class.
Why are some classes free while other classes cost?
When we started teaching Yoga + Beer classes, we thought it would just be an occasional fun thing we offered for the community … we never dreamed it would turn into multiple classes a month in several different cities. Those original classes remain free – well, they’re donation based, which means that we ask people to give what they can for class. As we started adding classes at breweries beyond Salem, we began charging to keep the schedule of classes sustainable for us. Classes at Vagabond, Gilgamesh and Santiam are donation based classes. The rest have a charge for class which includes your first beer. When we set prices, we tried to make the price for class slightly cheaper than it would be to pay drop in at a local studio, plus the cost of one beer. Our goal is to make Yoga + Beer classes accessible for people, and that includes the financial commitment to attend class.
I thought yogis weren’t supposed to drink alcohol?
To us, this practice is about finding balance. So in our opinion, if you like to go to yoga class and work out, and then grab a beer afterwards – what’s wrong with that? It’s not very yogic to get drunk every night of the week – no. But we can enjoy a local craft beer or two with friends.
I’ve seen your handstand pictures … do I have to handstand if I come to Yoga + Beer?
Nope. We rarely teach handstand at Yoga + Beer. But if it’s something you want to work on … let us know.
Do you play music in classes?
It depends on the setting, the noise level of the brewery, and a few other factors. But yes, most of our classes include music and we play fairly non-traditional yoga music … upbeat, happy, feel good jams.
Why Yoga + Beer?
Honestly … because we love yoga, and we love beer. We took the things that we love and combined them. And it’s pretty cool that other people enjoy the combination too. We keep these classes going because people seem to be more comfortable trying yoga and coming to class in a brewery than they are at a studio (when the studio is unfamiliar to them). And most importantly to us … because these classes build community. Yoga can be so individually focused … these classes create space for yoga to be a shared experience, and we love that. Cheers to beer yogi friends!
Would you consider adding a Yoga + Beer class at my brewery?
Definitely. Yes. Let’s talk. Send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-registration is recommended for Yoga + Beer events, as there is limited space at many of our host breweries. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows. Registrations are non-refundable for cancellations made within 48 hours of an event. If you want to transfer your registration to another yogi, you are responsible for your own transfers and any exchange of money. Thank you for understanding and adhering to this policy. Your respect of this rule helps us keep administrative costs and efforts down so we can spend our time doing what we love: inspiring, teaching and practicing yoga, and sharing post-practice brews with you!
Emergency & inclement weather policy
All events are rain, snow or shine, but if an event has to be cancelled due to emergency or severe inclement weather, announcement will be posted on our website and all social media pages as soon as possible. If Yoga + Beer or a venue host elects to cancel an event due to emergency or inclement weather, refunds or transferred registrations will be made available as soon as possible after the event.