Beer Yoga is a thing and it is coming to an underground vault

Depending on who you ask, Beer Yoga was either developed by Germans—BierYoga has been around for years, with Berliners invading open bars and yoga studios to drink while doing sun salutations—or by Brooke Larson, whose BeerYoga touring group has been hosting yoga sessions at breweries across the country. Larson just, well, clears an area amid brewing tanks and equipment and begins downward dogs while encouraging fellow yoga practitioners to sip away.

Now, this trend is hitting Long Beach again: After having been hosted at breweries ranging from Rock Bottom to Liberation Brewing, The Federal Bar in Downtown Long Beach will join in on the fun by hosting a series of beer yoga classes during the summer, beginning Thursday, June 27 at 6 p.m.

According to lead yoga instructor Stephanie Serrano, those attending will be able to sip on a select choice of beer that they choose before, during and after a 45-minute session inside the Federal’s Underground space below the restaurant.

As for now, classes will be scheduled monthly and, should interest increase, could become a weekly occurrence.

“We are excited to start hosting classes that will appeal to beer-loving yogis,” said Jeff Osborn, general manager of The Federal. “Unlike most beer yoga classes where attendees taste beer following the class, we decided to take the unique approach of allowing class attendees to enjoy sips of beer during the yoga class flow.”

The Federal Bar is located at 102 Pine Avenue. Space is limited to 25 and tickets are $20 per person; for more information on tickets, click here. Walk-ins are welcome provided there is space available.  Attendees must be age 21 or over and are encouraged to arrive no later than 5:45 p.m. to choose their preferred beer from the special menu and reserve mat space on the floor.

Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.


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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.