Namaste and a Beer

It’s been a solid decade since I attended a yoga class — but I like yoga and I like beer — so when I heard about Bonsai Brewing Project’s “Namaste and a Beer” event I knew I needed to attend.

We rolled out our mats in the warmth of the afternoon sun at the brewery on Whitefish’s north side.  The grassy area near Bonsai’s garden is an ideal spot for a midday public yoga event.

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I had no idea who was leading the hour class, but was psyched to find local yoga instructor Mollie Busby leading the group. She has an infectious personality and an entrepreneur’s spirit. She recently opened the Yoga Hive studio in downtown Whitefish and I’ve been wanting to check out her classes.

Mollie guided the group of all ability levels through a gentle series of stretches, with poses ranging from the classic downward dog to the challenging crow, wheel, bridge and cobra. She pushed us to hold poses like chair and plank as sweat dripped down our faces and breathing became synchronized within the crowd of 20.

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I was impressed with the focus I was able to find amongst a large group of half strangers, ambient noise, a few honking cars and the thought of that IPA waiting for me at the end of the session.

The Bonsai Brewing Project is a true local’s dream come true. Graham Hart is brewing great beer “while lurking in the shadow of giants.” Their recent move to a homestyle brew house on Wisconsin Avenue has catapulted them onto both local’s and visitor’s radar, and the quality of the beer has kept them coming back.

As I age and continue to want to recreate at the level I prefer, I know that stretching and Yoga will be the key to my fitness and adventure goals. We live in a town full of great beer, outstanding people and amazing Yoga studios, teacher and classes.  I’m thrilled that these communities have teamed up to offer a great event on our summer Saturdays.

Expect to see me there every Saturday that I’m in town. I honestly can’t think of a better way to kick off an afternoon than some great outdoor yoga followed by a world-class microbrew.

The cost of the Yoga session is $10 and that includes a post session Bonsai brew.

Local’s Tip:

The brewery doesn’t open until 1 p.m. The yoga starts at 11:45 a.m. or noon, depending on the day. More information can be found on Bonsai’s Facebook page.

Bring your own mat if you can, but don’t feel like you have to have a yoga mat to show up. A bottle of water is a good idea if it’s hot. Ride your bike, those Bonsai beers are strong. Check out Yoga Hive online for a list of classes.

— Jason Forrest / This Week Whitefish