Plus more cool stuff to do at Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse in September
BALANCING on one leg is hard enough for most of us while sober. So why increase the risk of the 'tree pose topple' by adding alcohol to the mix?
But 'Beer Yoga' has proved surprisingly popular for Manchester-based Boja Yoga. So much so that they've teamed up with Seven Bro7hers to hold semi-regular 'Bro-ja Yoga' classes at their Salford brewery and Ancoats Beerhouse.
We asked Kat Loveday who teaches the classes why she put these two unlikely companions together, and what kind of vibe you get in a class full of tipsy yogis and yoginis.
Said Kat, “Boja (Bohja) is Sanskrit for leading a life of enjoyment, and that's what we strive to share in our yoga classes. Yoga should be fun and when you combine it with beer, people just seem to relax a little more and are able to let go.
“We always try to have a laugh by doing things like tree pose but hold your beer above your head and don’t spill it.”
Yoga should be fun and when you combine it with beer, people just seem to relax a little more and are able to let go.
After all yoga is about relaxation and letting go of your ego, which is also what beer is for. And while some yoga classes can seem a little serious and intimidating, that isn't going to happen here.
Said Kat, “We want people to feel comfortable having a giggle and making noises and I feel the people who come to beer yoga come with no ego and to just have a bit of fun and relax. It creates such a good atmosphere.”
If you like the sound of it, the next Bro-ja Yoga class is at Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse (Cutting Room Square) on Wednesday 11 September. Get tickets
It's just one of the events happening at the Beerhouse this month. For their full line-up of live music, activities, pop-ups, and classes, check the listings below.
Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse Quiz Night
Tuesday 3 September, 8pm, £1
Get that back-to-school, new-pencils feeling but with added beer. The monthly quiz returns with general knowledge, music rounds, and name-that-drunken-celeb photo rounds. Gold stars for the winners, plus bar tabs and cash prizes. Get there before 8pm to get a table – it gets busy.
Radio Edit – Live Music Thursdays
Thursday 5 September, 7pm, free
Catch one of the city's finest cover bands playing everything from The Beatles to The Stones to Oasis to James with a promise to get you singing (and maybe even dancing) along.
Dirty Franks – Kitchen Takeover
Saturday 7 September, 12pm-9pm
Seriously dirty hot dogs and full-on filthy fries. If they taste anything like as good as they look, they're going to make your weekend. Out-there toppings on traditional sausages – load 'em up.
Wednesday 11 September, 7pm-8pm, £8
Beer Yoga – that's a workout we can get fully immersed in. Instructor Kat Loveday from Siren Asylum gym in Salford will lead this class which combines relaxation and core strengthening yoga with craft beer made mindfully by Seven Bro7ers. Namaste. Or should that be 'Cheers'?
Ancoats Book Club
Wednesday 18 September, 7pm, free
This month's theme is crime-writing – and the book is the pioneering true crime novel In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Just turn up or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bim Williams Trio– Live Music Thursdays
Thursday 19 September, 7pm, free
This talented trio of jazz musicians returns to the Beerhouse stage once more – get there for 7pm, it's always a great show.
Meez Furniture Pop-up Shop
Saturday 21 September, 12pm-6pm
Simple, stylish wooden furniture designed and handmade in Manchester. If you love having natural materials in your home, come and check out their wares.
PopUp Painting: Paint Kandinsky
Olly Favell– Live Music Thursdays
Thursday 26 September, 7pm, free
He's back at the Beerhouse to play a mix of covers and original material including new single Miss You. Reviewers praise his charisma, distinctive voice and song-writing craft. Get there for 7pm to catch the whole set.