We've talked before about NC Yoga Bar and the role that it plays in Charlotte's beer yoga scene. Last week, we kicked off our series of interviews with NC Yoga Bar instructors to learn a bit more about what it's like to teach yoga in breweries, bottle shops, and other beer-serving locations throughout the Queen City.

Today, we're introducing local artist and yoga instructor Emily Berger! Read on to learn about her experience teaching yoga classes in untraditional spaces throughout the city, her passion for the practice, and more.

Name: Emily Berger 
Age: 40 
Occupation: Woodcarver, yoga teacher, and art framer 
Neighborhood in Charlotte: Plaza Midwood

How long have you been doing yoga? Five years. 

How long have you been a yoga instructor? Almost three years.

Which yoga classes do you teach (both brewery yoga and non-brewery yoga)? I teach complimentary classes for residents at Colonial Reserve and a variety of pop-up classes for NC Yoga Bar. 

What made you start doing yoga? I used to be a dedicated runner. It didn't take long to realize that I needed something more restorative and relaxing to balance my cardio and weight-training. 

What’s your favorite part of teaching brewery yoga? The laid-back atmosphere and the variety of students it attracts. 

What has been the most challenging part of teaching yoga for you? I think yoga teaches us to see our "challenges" as opportunities ;)

Which is your favorite yoga pose? Urdhva Dhanurasana and all its variations. 

What’s one thing you would want to tell somebody who was considering attending a brewery yoga class? Stop considering and take the first step. You'll feel better. 

What do you want people to know about your yoga studio? NC Yoga Bar is unique in its offerings. With multiple locations and a variety of teachers, we're able to make attendance convenient for students regardless of where they live or what their experience level is. 

What’s your favorite beer in Charlotte? Toughie! It's a toss-up between the Salty Coconut from Sycamore or the Jalepeno Pale Ale from Birdsong.

Want to learn more about NC Yoga Bar and the instructors that make it possible? Check out their website now!