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Pints & Planks

Pints & Planks

The minimal class cost boasts the added bonus of giving back to the community. The prospect of having a frosty cold one while stretching it all out may entice you to try out Albuquerque’s newest wellness trend. You really can’t go wrong by trying out this fitness craze . . . at least once.

Pints & Planks Fuses Yoga and Beer

BY RENE THOMPSON

Fitness trend brings yoga and beer to a whole new frontier

Intoxication and exercise don’t necessarily go hand in hand. Yet a new trend fuses these activities together in an unlikely way. It’s catching on in breweries throughout the country, including Albuquerque.

Pints & Planks

Where: Rio Bravo Brewery, 1912 Second Street NW

When: Sundays at 11 a.m.

Cost: $5 donation

Rio Bravo Brewing Co. (1912 Second Street NW) and YogaZo teamed up to offer these hybrid yoga classes every Sunday at 11 a.m. A $5 donation for the Pints & Planks class comes with a $2 discount from Rio Bravo on the student’s first pint.  

YogaZo owner/instructor Ashley Fathergill says that while pairing beer and yoga might sound strange, people are beginning to love the idea of doing yoga while enjoying a brewski on Sunday mornings.

Part of those $5 donations goes toward non-profit organizations in need. “That’s the reason I wanted to do Pints & Planks,” says Fathergill, “because I want to start getting non-profits involved to . . . give back to the community, but also because I want to have this be a community-based event.”

Pints & Planks proceeds are presently being donated to Animal Humane New Mexico. They’re also hosting a monthly pet adoption event. Fathergill’s master plan includes donating to a number of organizations, so participants contribute to making a real impact on a variety of causes in New Mexico.

The beer and yoga trend runs $10-$15 per class in some other cities, making Pints & Planks one of the most reasonable classes offered. After only a handful of classes, a real sense of community has already begun to form, Fathergill says, because the class genuinely brings people together to socialize in a different way, one that was lacking in The Duke City.

Pints & Planks practitioners strike a collective cobra pose near the bar. (Photo credit: Rene Thompson)

The atmosphere is laid back, whereas some yoga studios could prove a bit intense or intimidating for beginners. In a fun, comfortable setting, these well-rounded, all-level classes feature themed, upbeat soundtracks. Fathergill encourages everyone to take beverage breaks aka “the beer pose” between yoga poses.   

When the class ends at noon, it’s business as usual at the Rio Bravo Brewery ,when regular patrons are allowed entry and food trucks begin filling the street outside. At present, three instructors rotate classes. Whether someone’s a veteran yogi, a complete beginner or merely a beer connoisseur, Fathergill says these classes are designed for all practitioners over age 21.

Photo credit: Rene Thompson

“You can do as much or as little as you want. If people just want to sit and watch, they can do that too,” Fathergill said.

In the warmer months, Fathergill plans to hold the event outdoors, where attendees can enjoy the beer garden patio and even bring their dog along. She also hopes to incorporate the outside class with other events held at Rio Bravo, adding a raffle for a free growler during every class, which will include a $5 gift card toward fill-up.

The minimal class cost boasts the added bonus of giving back to the community. The prospect of having a frosty cold one while stretching it all out may entice you to try out Albuquerque’s newest wellness trend. You really can’t go wrong by trying out this fitness craze . . . at least once.

Rene Thompson is a staff reporter for ABQ Free Press.

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