Instructor leads yoga and a beer classes at Storm Peak

Teresa Ristow
Jamie Elmer instructs a student during a recent "Yoga and Beer" session at Storm Peak Brewery. Elmer said the classes draw more men and newcomers to yoga.

If you go

What: "Yoga and beer" yoga and Pilates conditioning class

When: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday

Where: Storm Peak Brewery, 1744 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: $10, includes one beer

— Yoga instructor Jamie Elmer is trying to shake down the feminine stereotypes associated with practicing yoga and get more masculine men on the mat.

To do so, she’s been offering yoga and a beer classes at Storm Peak Brewery since November. The cost of $10 gets an hour of instruction in yoga and Pilates techniques specific for winter sports conditioning as well as a Storm Peak beer following the class.

“There’s a lot of stereotypes about yoga and who should go to yoga,” Elmer said. “But yoga should be accessible to every gender, body type and age group.”

Elmer said she met her carpenter husband at a yoga class, and although the exercises are perfect for carpenters and tradesmen that use their bodies for work, few take up the practice.

“It’s one of populations that need yoga the most, yet they don’t want to step into the yoga studio,” she said.

While traveling the country during the past few years, Elmer said she’s offered other classes at breweries and classes specific to carpenters.

“I have enough experience to work with that carpenter-type male,” she said. “And they’re already going to the brewery because alcohol makes their bones and bodies feel good.”

Elmer said she’s used word-of-mouth and some advertisements across town to draw participants to the class, which has taken place on recent Saturdays. She’s also drawn in friends of her husband.

The next class will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Storm Peak Brewery, 1744 Lincoln Ave. Participants should bring their own yoga mat, but Elmer has extras for newcomers that may not have one.

Elmer wasn’t the first to pair yoga and beer, and the exercise and libation combo is growing in popularity across the nation.

Groups like Denver’s BrewAsanas, San Diego’s Hoppy Yoga and Los Angeles’ Detox Retox all have a similar platform — enjoy an hour or so of yoga, in a brewery, and follow it up with a beer or beer flight.

The popular new activity has been featured in publications like Women’s Health, All About Beer magazine and in The New York Times.

So far, Elmer’s classes have had a turnout of about 10 to 12 people, usually half male, she said.

She’s gotten a positive response from first-timers and said participants enjoy learning easy movements and breathing techniques.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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