People Are Combining Wine and Yoga In the Best Way Possible
Yogis and oenophiles (you know, wine lovers!) everywhere are coming together to sip and flow—and it's pretty much the best thing ever.
It seems like wine has been successfully infused into every activity from painting to horseback riding-not that we're complaining. The latest? Vino and yoga. (Considering women who enjoy a few glasses are more likely to work out anyway, it seems like the perfect pairing.)
Posing and pouring events are popping up all over the country. There are wine and yoga parties in New York City, tasting and yoga events in California vineyards, and Chicago's weekly Namaste Rosé gathering, hosted at a local brewery. You can even make a weekend getaway or full-blown vaca out of the trend with wine and yoga retreats to places like Hawaii, Mexico, California, and Italy.
But it turns out, the dual activity isn't just fun; there's actually some benefit to flowing through downward dogs and then enjoying a good glass of wine. Don't believe us? Here are five benefits of hitting the mat and grabbing a glass. (As always, make sure to drink in moderation to avoid health risks and cut the booze off a few hours before bed to prevent disrupting your sleep.)
You'll benefit socially.
Sixty minutes of yoga can be restorative, sure, but the practice of yoga itself can also be solitary, says Morgan Perry, founder of Vino Vinyasa Yoga in New York City, who also has an advanced certificate through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Throughout her Vinyasa-style classes, she sprinkles in wine facts and ends with a meditative tasting. It's a good plan: A tasting at the tail end of yoga class provides a built-in happy hour with people you already know you have a lot in common with, and these connections give you more than just a solid squad-research has proven tight social ties keep blood pressure and BMI in check, and even increase longevity.
You'll get double the zen.
It's no surprise that wine gives you that breezy, free feeling after a long week. This calming sensation is, in part, attributed to the lower alcohol content in wine compared to hard alcohol, says Victoria James, a sommelier and the author of Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé. "The alcohol content in wine is 12 to 14 percent on average, versus 30 to 40 percent for tequila. This allows your body to slowly relax and adjust to the alcohol levels at a better pace," she explains. With a meditative focus on breath and movement, yoga also helps us release tension, decreasing levels of the stress hormone cortisol, studies have shown. Read: A double whammy of calm.
You'll appreciate the taste more.
"Yoga encourages you to focus and concentrate, and these are also excellent techniques for wine tasting," says James. Being fully present (without being preoccupied with the work emails you need to answer, or meal prepping for the week) helps you absorb more of the knowledge that comes with a vineyard-style flow, like the full process behind what you're about to drink. Perry agrees that the mindful state of tuning out everything else and tuning into your body in each pose, and then the taste of the grapes in your glass, allows you to appreciate the wine more in the end.
You might burn more fat.
Some research suggests that a glass or two of red wine before bed could help you burn fat, due to the presence of resveratrol, a polyphenol that can break down white fat into brown fat (the kind that actually burns calories). Gentle yoga practice has also been shown to burn fat, which researchers attributed to the lowered cortisol levels that come with the de-stressing of yoga. While the combo has yet to be studied together, it's certainly seems promising.