As a relaxing tune played in the background, a room full of people held both glasses of beer and poses—waiting for the right moment to take a sip. The attendees of this aptly named "Beerga" class were enjoying the best of two worlds: drinking craft beer and doing yoga.
Restaurant and brewery The Ram provided the suds and the space, while yoga instructor Juliana Thomsen made the fusion of beer and exercise possible.
"I was trying to think about what I could do that could be different and interest people in a way that they normally wouldn't be interested," Thomsen said. "I love beer, and I just incorporated the beer into the poses."
Beerga is already popular in Northwest cities like Portland and Seattle, and Thomsen has been an instructor for a while. However, yoga has been a part of her life since she was a teenager, and Thomsen said it helped her through some tough times.
"It changed my life and completely changed my perspective and outlook," she said.
Thomsen said people are sometimes intimidated by yoga poses and she hopes that by adding beer, they will be intrigued and feel more confident in their practice.
"It's not about sticking your foot behind your head or touching your toes," she said. "It's about who you become."
Best friends and Boise locals Trisha Speck and Jenna Franklin joined Beerga classes as a way to loosen up in the evening and spend quality time together. They plan to become regulars in Thomsen's class.
Speck emphasized the importance of location and timing for the Beerga class, calling the greenbelt-adjacent brewpub the "perfect setting" for the class and Monday the best day to "reboot" for the upcoming week.
Even though yoga can be difficult, Speck said Beerga is the just the right combination of challenge and relaxation, with less pressure than an average workout class.
"And then we can reward ourselves with beer," she said.