One of our goals in launching Work For Your Beer was to highlight members of Charlotte's beer fitness community. This week, we interviewed three regular beer yogis to learn more about what makes them love brewery yoga and why they joined this community in the first place! Read on to learn about these local beer yogis (and remember to say, "Hi!" if you see them in class).

Whitney

Name: Whitney Schwalm
Age: 23
Occupation: Public Health Associate - HIV/STD
Neighborhood in Charlotte: Villa Heights/NoDa

How long have you been doing yoga? Many many moons! Since I was about 8 years old, living in California.

Which brewery yoga classes do you attend? I rotate through Hattie's, OMB, Unknown, and my favorite so far: Triple C. 

What made you start doing yoga? Growing up, my mom was very busy traveling for work and her favorite way of winding down was a hot yoga class. I started going with her whenever she was home to get some more quality time with her. We would always sweat it out in a very early morning class and then get breakfast together.

What’s your favorite part of doing brewery yoga? You get to feel good about taking care of yourself and furthering your practice, meet awesome new people, and try great beer all at the same time. What's not to like?!

Which yoga pose has been the hardest for you to master? Standing splits, then kicking up into a handstand. Not sure if I will ever master that one, but a girl can try!  

Which is your favorite yoga pose? Pigeon. That hip stretch hurts so good after a long day at the office.  

What’s one thing you would want to tell somebody who was considering attending a brewery yoga class? Don't feel intimidated. You can always find a class that fits your preferred flow no matter what level of experience you have. Plus, the brew-yoga community in Charlotte is very friendly!  

What’s your favorite beer in Charlotte? It was a small batch, but Wooden Robot's Mocha Good Morning Vietnam was a dream. If they ever put it out again, I highly recommend it! For a permanent fixture, I would say my current favorite is a tie between Unknown's Hospitali-Tea and Triple C's Smoked Amber Ale.
 

Danielle

Name: Danielle Wardeiner 
Age: 23
Occupation: Project Engineer
Neighborhood in Charlotte: NoDa

How long have you been doing yoga? 1 year

Which brewery yoga classes do you attend? Triple C, Legion, Wooden Robot, Lenny Boy

What made you start doing yoga? I retired from competitive figure skating after 11 years, so I wanted to find a fun new way to stay active.

What’s your favorite part of doing brewery yoga? I love meeting new people who I wouldn't have crossed paths with otherwise. I've actually made most of my friends through brewery yoga!

Which yoga pose has been the hardest for you to master? Handstand. I can't get myself to kick up all the way! When I do, I just fall over!

Which is your favorite yoga pose? Tripod headstand. It literally provides me with a different perspective, and it makes me feel both mentally and physically strong.

What’s one thing you would want to tell somebody who was considering attending a brewery yoga class?Anyone of any age, body type, gender, and level of flexibility can attend these classes. Don't be intimidated by people doing the fancy poses!

What’s your favorite beer in Charlotte? The Dude Imbibes from Triple C.


Katie

Name: Katie Buonpane
Age: 24
Occupation: Paper applications engineer 
Neighborhood in Charlotte: South End

How long have you been doing yoga? For 4 years now.

Which brewery yoga classes do you attend? Triple C and occasionally Lenny Boy. I also do Sycamore Run Club!

What made you start doing yoga? My roommate in college and I loved to sign up for different classes at the rec center, and we had the most amazing teacher, who was a Vietnam veteran. 

What’s your favorite part of doing brewery yoga? I love the community around brewery yoga. Everyone is so nice and welcoming, and it's a great place to meet friends. And the beer is awesome. 

Which yoga pose has been the hardest for you to master? Happy baby! 

Which is your favorite yoga pose? Pigeon. 

What’s one thing you would want to tell somebody who was considering attending a brewery yoga class? It's an amazing way to make friends and become part of your community in Charlotte. Also don't worry if you are a beginner. 

What’s your favorite beer in Charlotte? Golden Girl from Triple C.