Can you imagine anything more satisfying? Ok, I admit that I’m far from an accomplished yogi. I mean, I’m lucky if I can hold tree pose without “TIMBERRRR-ing” over. But I do like to think I am an accomplished wine drinker. *wink*
But the whole point of yoga is that it’s a practice, right? And like many moms, put the word practice in there, and I feel a shit-ton of “perfection” pressure taken off. Yoga is also about bringing balance to your body, mind and spirit; taking time to find what feels good as you move through the poses, staying present and centered while detoxifying and rejuvenating yourself.
And in the spirit of balance, why not add a bit of re-toxification in there too? As a mom, this sounded like a dream come true. Sign me up!
Yoga and Wine is an amazing summer yoga class hosted at Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery by Angela Urquhart Osborne at Elev8events. For a ridiculously reasonable $25, it incorporates all the benefits of a luxurious, detoxifying yoga stretch with every mom’s favourite indulgence, a glass of wine. All you need to bring is an open mind and a yoga mat.
When I arrived at the winery, I found the class set up outside underneath a large tent with all sides open. The view of the vineyard was spectacular, grape vines as far as I could see, and with the sun just starting to set around 7pm and a soft breeze blowing, I couldn’t imagine a more peaceful and natural setting. I was asked whether I preferred red or white wine for my practice. Well, I’m a white drinker, especially in the summer, so that was an easy choice for me.
As I laid out my yoga mat, I looked around at the other people who had attended. All different sizes, shapes and ages, what I assumed were friends, moms and daughters, even a gentleman in there for good measure. Any kind of exercise class can be a little daunting for a mom, but I knew I would be comfortable with classmates like these.
To begin, Angela introduced herself and welcomed us all to what would be a 45 minute yoga practice, followed by 15 minutes of poses incorporating our wine glass, (Right?!) followed by a full glass at the end for mingling, chatting, photo ops and just enjoying the view.
We started with some simple poses, like child’s pose and cat-cow, and moved into some standard down-dog’s, planks and cobra poses. Some of the twisting poses I found particularly challenging, but having a spotter walking around the space to help with positioning made me feel much more comfortable. Modifications were easy to find when we needed them, because let’s face it: some of us just don’t bend that way. And did I fall on my ass? Oh ya, but we were all there to have fun and it was no big deal.
After the practice, we each were poured a glass with an ounce of our wine of choice. We moved through a couple more standing yoga poses like tree pose and warrior, and while holding each one, rewarded ourselves with a yummy, savoury sip, trying desperately not to fall over. And after a well-deserved savasana, we re-grouped and lined up for another splash of wine.
Overall, it was a wonderful treat for me after a long day at work; a nice escape to relax and unwind, away from the kids, away from toys, away from the monotonous mom routine. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend checking it out. Here are the deets:
Yoga & Wine
Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
1366 York Road, Niagara on the Lake, ON
Wednesday July 27 at 5:45pm and 7:45pm
Wednesday August 31 at 5:30pm and 7:30pm
Tickets are $25, or save a few bucks and bring a friend.
Moms, we deserve a break, and more than just taking the car to go and run errands (ya, totally me). We need an escape, a change of scenery and a way to recharge to get up and do it all over again. Yoga’s a no-brainer, but throw some vino in and I’m there. And can I just say, having a glass of wine in my hand dramatically improved my yoga form…for obvious reasons. Don’t spill the wine!
I received compensation in trade for this review, but all thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced by any outside party.
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