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Catalina Diaz
LV Life Editor

Beer enthusiasts and yogis unite for Yoga on Tap at Claremont Craft Ales twice a month.

Claremont Craft Ales, partnering with Claremont Yoga, hosts the hour-long event every second and fourth Sunday inside their tasting-room.

When attendees are welcomed in, they are asked to leave their stressors and bad vibes at the door, and invited to find their inner peace by following instructor Michelle Dowed.

The partnership was intended to introduce yoga to the community, and by collaborating with another established small business like Claremont Craft Ales, the idea flourished.

“It was a success from the first day,” Dowed said.

Dowed, a seasoned yoga instructor and also professor of journalism at Chaffey College, has been teaching for Yoga on Tap at Claremont Craft Ales for nearly three years.

Dowed said that meeting interesting people and teaching yoga to her community fuels her fire to teach for the partnership.

“The idea of the community getting together is a part of the yoga practice,” Dowed said. “Bringing people together, to practice together and to celebrate together is a way of building a lifestyle where people rely on each other and enjoy each other.”

Dowed said that bringing the two together is like a communal benefit.

She added that after yoga, people are more open, which is beneficial because they are coming into the space with an open mind.

“It’s a beautiful thing,” Dowed said.

Students lay their mats out, facing a wall full of wall of photos that employees and customers have taken over the years.

Photos of dogs, funny faces and patrons enjoying their favorite ales fill the wall, and during the class, Dowed invites her students to focus on a particular photo that makes them happy.

“You have to come in with the mentality that yoga doesn’t have to be perfect,” elementary school teacher Lillie Jimenez said.

Jimenez attended her second Yoga on Tap Sunday morning with her friend and coworker, Melissa Rivera.

Although the beer is a good incentive to the event, Jimenez said that she really enjoys the workout she gets from the class.

“Sometimes I focus on my breathing and subtle movements,” Jimenez said. “This class was pretty moderate.”

Jimenez and Rivera, both of Pomona, said the class had its difficulties but the feeling afterwards was refreshing, and they were anticipating a relaxing afternoon with their beers.

“It feels like a safe space,” Rivera said. “I felt very welcomed and like there was no judgment.”

As the class was concluding, Dowed brought students back to their centers.

She said a few words to help empower and inspire them as they were about to go back to their daily routines.

Once the class was over, students gathered their things and the brewery began its work-day, as employees brought out the tables and chairs and a line formed at the counter.

The brewery’s rolling steel doors were raised, bringing natural light into building and the smell of tacos coming from vendor, Las Hermantas, began to waft through the air.

“If you like beer, it’s a good idea. It helps people come in and relax,” Jimenez said.

Yoga on Tap is held at Claremont Craft Ales every second and fourth Sunday, with a $15 fee.

Catalina Diaz can be reached at catalina.diaz@laverne.edu.

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