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POPSUGAR FITNESS

"One of the main reasons people avoid the yoga studio is because they're embarrassed of their lack of flexibility, but like every strength-building workout, you've got to start somewhere. And if there's anything that gives you the confidence to do something you've never done before without inhibitions, it's alcohol. We know what you're thinking, and this isn't a "get super drunk on tequila and try standing on your head" kind of madness. It's structured, stimulating, and not nearly as intoxicating as that situation sounds.

'Drunk Yoga, which involves adding wine to a beginner yoga sequence in class that takes place in a bar, was just another idea I had to make yoga more accessible and less intimidating to a certain population who might not otherwise try yoga at all,' Eli told POPSUGAR.

Cheers to having fun and testing your flexibility after a few sips, because Eli said it best: 'When you're playing with your body in time and space in a new way, surrounded by friends in a bar with a glass of wine, it's hard not to enjoy yourself.'"

 

 

GOTHAMIST


"Eli Walker, 28, an actress and yoga instructor who lives on the Upper West Side, has been teaching a regular "Drunk Yoga" series at Grey Lady on the Lower East Side on Monday nights, offering newcomer yogis an open wine bar paired with an easy vinyasa class (wine glass in hand) in hopes of teaching them yoga's not so scary, after all. "I've had a lot of people, whether in classes, or friends, or people I met at parties say something like, 'I'd love to try yoga but I can't because I'm not flexible, or too afraid I'd look stupid,'" Walker told Gothamist. "I thought it would be fun to turn yoga into more of a party. If I made it into a game it would make people more comfortable."


REFINERY29

'Walker is a Wisconsin native who went to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and also runs a one-woman show called The Quarter-Life Crisis Monologues. In addition to yoga, she teaches storytelling workshops for kids and adults that combine movement and theater."My motive is to help people who are too afraid to try yoga understand that it's not so scary," she says. Alcohol helps with this, she says, because it releases mental tension and increases blood flow, which makes you feel more comfortable..."The purpose of this is not to get totally wasted and then try to stand on your head," she says, adding that you shouldn't stay in any posture that makes you feel uncomfortable. Which applies to life outside of the yoga studio as well."It's all about balance," she says, "in yoga and in wine."'


 

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES 

'The yoga craze has reached new levels of quirky after a 45-minute class featuring an open bar debuted in New York City. Eli Walker, a yoga instructor, regularly teaches her 'Drunk Yoga' classes Saturday at the Grey Lady in the Lower East Side. Walker, 28, said she believed a jolt of liquid courage could help to make yoga more enjoyable for those too nervous to tackle it. ...The concept initially formulated from a last-minute effort to get rid of her extra wine ahead of her annual yoga retreat in Bali, which jokingly involved giving the wine to her students. Walker then spoke with the owners at Grey Lady, where she worked her first post-college bartending gig, about organizing a wine event with yoga."I excitedly started to develop a fun yoga sequence for beginners that incorporates drinking games for this event, for the sole purpose of inviting New Yorkers to try yoga in a fun environment who wouldn't otherwise come to class, giving them full permission to "look silly" — secretly as a ploy to introduce them to yoga as a tool to empower them with more conscious movement," Walker said. '


NEW YORK POST

"The bizarre fitness trends keep rolling in, but this one gets a double thumbs up from us.One yoga instructor in New York is offering up evenings of tipsy yoga. Why? Because 'one is more flexible when drunk.' Eli Walker teaches a basic vinyasa class alongside an open bar with unlimited wine at Grey Lady in lower Manhattan. For $30, students get an hour-long yoga class, and as much of the good stuff as you can stomach while attempting to hold a crow pose. 'For those of you who are hesitant to try yoga for fear of ‘looking silly,’ this class is for you,' the official Facebook page beckons. “Come, drink wine, try yoga with other beginners, and by all means…look silly'!”


DAILY MAIL UK

"The thought of getting drunk and exercising at the same time may seem counter-intuitive, but it's actually more about the experience than it is about losing weight and as Walker says, 'Happiness is health.' While the classes sound like the perfect idea for a fun get-together with friends, there's actually a bigger meaning to the studio. Walker shared that she came up with the concept as a way to give people who would otherwise be too intimidated to try yoga, a comfortable place to practice."


"Elite Daily spoke with certified yoga instructor and founder of Divine Your Story Eli Walker about her trademarked Drunk Yoga class and the benefits it entails. She tells us, 'By integrating yoga with wine, I'm highlighting the communal aspects of both through a soulful celebration of mindful movement for the purpose of cultivating happiness, and I believe that happiness is health.'

It's the best kind of girls' outing after work, or the perfect transition into boozy brunch. You'll feel refreshed and in tuned as ever with your best girl pal trying to balance in tree pose right beside you. If I haven't convinced you quite yet, here are four legitimate reasons why you should call up your BFF ASAP and get your sip on..."

NEW ZEALAND HERALD

"The bizarre fitness trends keep rolling in, but this one that might be a bit more appealing than most.One yoga instructor in New York is offering up evenings of tipsy yoga. Why? Because "one is more flexible when drunk."Eli Walker teaches a basic yoga class alongside an open bar with unlimited wine at Grey Lady in lower Manhattan."


SHAPE.COM

"The word yoga, at its root, means "to join" or "to unite." What unites strangers better than a few glasses of wine during a silly, shared experience? Drunk yoga isn't the class you go to if you're trying to nail a handstand or practice a serious flow. But if you think your yoga bliss comes with a glass of rosé in hand, then you've found your nirvana."