BRADENTON -- You may have seen pictures on social media of the new beer workout trend called “Beer Yoga.”
Breweries across the country have adopted the tasty exercise class and now a Bradenton brewery is joining in on the fun.Beer is delicious and yoga is good for you. Together it’s a fun workout with a tasty twist.
Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton brews many of their own beers using ingredients like ginger and coffee. They consider themselves much more than a brewery with enough daily and nightly activities to fill just about any schedule.
Inside they have wine and paint nights and live music. Outside on their large patio with turf grass they have dozens of cornhole boards and bocce. And a large screen where they play movies and sports games.
Beer Yoga is adding an active component to the breweries activities and attracting many people.
“It’s a fun environment. It's like a sophisticated adult playground,” said Kristin Martin, the breweries media representative as she sips a cold brew in her yoga outfit.
How does it work? You head into the brewery, pick out your beer and if you can’t decide which one to have, their experts will help you.
Martin said the Cruiser Culsh goes great with most yoga poses such as downward dog.
“It is a nice light color, light body, light alcohol. So you can have one or two and not feel too buzzed to have your downward dog," she said.
With beers in hand it's time to head out to the breweries patio, roll out the yoga mats and place your beer beside you.
The class is for all skill levels. But with positions such as downward dog, warrior pose and other full body movements chances are you'll work up a thirst.
Gabrielle Otero, a physical trainer, teaches the class and said yoga is healthy for you.
“Yoga is going to enhance your flexibility, so it will improve your posture, blood flow and it’s good for relaxation," she said.
With deep breathing, meditation and positive energy, you may meet new friends who also share the interesting hobby.
“It’s just one more way to enjoy craft beer and maybe not feel so guilty about taking in some calories,” said Martin.
For more information on Motorworks “Beer Yoga,” go to motorworksbrewing.com/. For more information on instructor Gabrielle Otero go to purefitpt.com.