Chicago's Best Alternative Yoga Classes
Yoga has a rich history in the practice of spirituality, discipline, and wellness - and more recently, beer and mimosas. It's no surprise that yoga is most commonly paired with health drinks, cold pressed juices, or tea. However, breweries across the country are starting to add yoga to their offerings, perhaps because breweries tend to have large spaces.
In Chicago, Yoga on Tap hosts classes at Begyle Brewing every Sunday at 11am, check their Facebook page for upcoming classes and information. Revolution, Old Irving Brewing, and On Tour Brewing have also adopted the yoga trend.
Vice District Brewing in South Loop also holds brewery yoga classes, which happen every other Sunday:
Evanston's Temperance Beer Co. (below), which holds Temperance Trikonasana the 3rd Saturday of every month. Yogis pay $15 for this hour-long vinyasa yoga class (1:00 - 2:15pm). If you don't feel refreshed by the yoga, maybe the free post-class pint will do the trick - or the fact that the class also supports local charities.
In River North, Clark Street Ale House hosts bar yoga in their beer garden (during warm months). Tapster, a pour house with craft beer, cider and draft kombucha, also hosts refreshing yoga events.
Wicker Park's Whiskey Business (above) is another outdoor boozy yoga option in the summer, where yoga enthusiasts can pose on the rooftop before sipping on a boozy slushy. West Loop's Ace Hotel has a great rooftop where Bender CHI holds seasonal yoga classes, and you can feast on brunch at City Mouse afterward - or head to one of many great restaurants or nearby adult barcades instead.
Mimosas and Brunch Yoga
Pinstripes hosts Bends and Blends, a yoga class followed by a bottomless brunch. Tickets typically include your first mimosa, and if you still have energy after grub, stick around for some bocce or bowling.
Yoga Six holds a yoga and mimosas class at the top of the John Hancock building, where you can pair bubbles and incredible views with your moves. Classes are 60 minutes and accompanied by a live DJ.
Dinner and Yoga
Verdant Matter is an eco friendly shop in Pilsen that hosts monthly 75 minute yoga classes followed by dinner in partnership with Breathe / Eat Chicago.
Yoga with Coffee, Tea, Juices and Smoothies
Studio Three in River North has fitness classes including yoga and cycling, and the first floor Graze cafe serves up smoothies, acai bowls, vegan fare, and other healthful options to keep you nourished.
Bru Chicago has a wide variety of drinks including tea, coffee, and protein shakes, and offers free yoga classes on Tuesdays.
Goat yoga has made its way to Chicago, and you can get tickets to a goat yoga class on Dabble.
Pop-up boozy yoga classes have been hosted by Howells and Hood, Joe's Wine Cellar, the Dana Hotel, Reverie and Whole Foods, all led by Chicago's Yoga Quench.
VibeUP is also a good resource for yoga-related events, particularly their summer yoga series. Head to 2 North Riverside Plaza every first Wednesday from 4-7PM pair outdoor yoga and mindfulness with happy hour that includes High Brew Coffee. 2016 dates: May4, Jun1, Jul6, Aug3, Sep7.
The Chicago Jewish Community Center's class offerings have included beer and yoga, check their online schedule to see upcoming options.