Namaste and Cabernet: A New Pairing Brings Yoga to Area Wineries

A recent “Yoga on the Wine Trail” event in Loudoun County. Photograph by Hannah Melina.

After the Washingtonian reported last week that Poste’s gorgeous patio is playing host to a pilates-and-prosecco brunch series this month, we’re thoroughly convinced that a glass of bubbly after a relaxing al fresco workout is the ideal summer outing (not to mention one heck of a fitness motivator).

After a cursory investigation, we’ve seen this trend popping up at a handful of places around Washington, from Epic Yoga’s weekly happy hour to a “Vinyasa Vibes” class at Sports Club/LA.

But two new projects are taking the pairing a step further, bringing the yoga practice out of the studio and into Virginia vine territory.

Middleburg’s Boxwood Winery will offer its first Yoga + Wine = Love session on Sunday, July 15. Oenophilic yogis are invited to lay down their mats on a lawn overlooking Boxwood’s 16-acre vineyard for a class led by Orinoco Diva Yoga, a local studio. Afterwards, participants will move from triangle pose to tasting room for a light lunch paired with Boxwood’s current vintages.

“It’s that whole nourishing the mind, body, soul thing,” says Boxwood’s Kelly Facer. “Yoga and wine just really flow together.”

The following weekend, a Loudoun County yoga studio, Yoga 4 Life, will hold a similar session at Fabbioli Cellars in Lucketts. Yoga 4 Life’s monthly series “Yoga on the Wine Trail” moves from vineyard to vineyard with the goal of bringing the yoga practice out into the community while supporting the local wine industry.

“For me, pairing yoga with wine is very grounding, almost elemental. It just feels good,” says Lara Ward, the program’s creator. “The wine—just a little, we don’t overdo it—takes you even deeper into the relaxation.”

Ward’s program, which she dubs “vinyasa in the vines,” starts with a 20-minute meditation walk, followed by a flowing yoga session held in the middle of the Fabbioli Cellars vineyard. Afterwards, the winemakers will lead the participants through a tasting paired with small bites. A light lunch with a select glass of wine will round out the afternoon.

Know of any other programs combining yoga practice with wine pairings? Tell us what you’ve heard in the comments!

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