Yoga With a Personality
BY KRISSY NESS
For more than a year Viking Yoga has been slaying at Drekker Brewing Company. But, this is not your average yoga. In fact, it is one of a kind.
You won’t find zen music, candles, or tranquility here; instead you will find fun music, swearing, and beer. “Viking Yoga is different because of the atmosphere,” said Courtney Shoemaker, Viking Yoga instructor. “We use traditional yoga, vinyasa flow, but we don’t use any of the sanskrit or fancy words that nobody knows what that means anyways.”
As someone who has often wondered about yoga I would say this was one of my biggest concerns, the language, on top of not knowing the poses it can be very intimidating. One of my favorite qualities that Shoemaker brings to this event is that she makes up her own goofy names for her poses, one being happy baby/awkward doctor visit – which is where you lay on your back and grab your ankles and bring them toward your face then rock side to side.
Shoemaker, owner of CrossFit Icehouse, has been doing yoga for over 5 years and has been teaching for a year and a half. She brings not only experience to her classes but a personality as well.
“I love how Courtney swears like a sailor, it really lightens the mood and makes it not so serious,” said Leah Joy Mangin, a Viking Yoga regular. “It is a social event that is an exercise and also being able to enjoy myself.”
Mangin has been coming to Viking Yoga for more than a year after being brought here by her friends. “I absolutely come here for the beer…and not the pressure of an actual exercise class.”
“You get a beer for signing up for the class and you can drink it during or after,” said Shoemaker. “I drink mine during, so join me.”
Hold up! You get a beer while you are practicing yoga? Now that is an exercise class I can get behind.
“One of our members got up one time and was like, fuck it, and got a beer during class,” said Shoemaker. After that having a beer during class has become the norm, though there is no pressure to drink during or after. You will be given a token that you can redeem for a free beer anytime Drekker is open as a part of the $15 dollar fee.
Though drinking beer is not the main focus of the event, it definitely helps people loosen up and get to know their neighbors and relax a little bit. “It takes some of the edge off a little a bit,” said Shoemaker.
Yoga is a fun activity but it can be intimidating, especially for new comers, so being able to come to a more laid back version is a great way to jump into and learn something new.
“Working out doesn’t have to suck and exercise doesn’t have to be awful, it should be a fun experience,” said Shoemaker. “If you don’t know what is happening, wave me down and I will try to make it more clear and help you; it will be great.”
This event happens on the first Saturday of each month and there are many ways you can sign up. You can either head over to Drekker’s website or find them on Facebook and sign up through their event page -or- you can hop onto Eventbrite’s webpage, search for Viking Yoga, and sign up.
“If you wait until last minute there probably wont be space left,” said Shoemaker. “Its been pretty damn close if not sold out each time.”
Take note from Drekker’s event page, for Viking Yoga, and “Start your day with a little hair of the downward facing dog, and channel the power of Thor with a hammer swinging warrior pose.”
(Krissy Ness is a senior majoring in multimedia journalism at MSUM. She is from Ada, Minnesota and is a freelance writer for The Good Life Men’s Magazine, photographer for MSUM Campus News, and really enjoys craft beer. Contact her email@example.com)
(All photos were taken by Krissy Ness.)