Yogis traditionally gather to enjoy a steaming hot cup of chai tea as a restorative after their practice. At Jessup Cellars in Yountville, wine becomes the restorative beverage that reinforces that communal bond. Yinyasa yoga instructor July Zaleski and Jessup Cellars Hospitality & Membership Manager Kit Paquin Gilbert have teamed up to offer a six-week Yoga & Wine Series at the winery’s Yountville tasting gallery. Classes begin September 25 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM and cost $125 for the series or $25 per class and include a tasting of small-lot wines and fresh, seasonal bites.
Zaleski was inspired to offer the series after volunteering for several years at Wanderlust, a Squaw Valley yoga festival that recently expanded to include Winederlust with tastings of biodynamic and organic wines and a farm-to-table wine-paired dinner. “It’s exciting to see the synergy between yoga and wine growing,” she said. “Yoga isn’t competitive; it’s both individual and communal. The sharing and enjoyment of wine also builds community.”
Vinyasa yoga, also frequently called flow yoga, focuses on pairing the breath with movement. “The challenge is timing and lengthening the breath to sustain your practice. Pranayama or breath practice prepares the body to sit for meditation,” said Zaleski who will explore seven chakras over the course of the six-week class. Her Vinyasa classes are appropriate for yogis of all levels.
After class, students will enjoy Jessup Cellars' handcrafted, small-lot wines with fresh, seasonal and local bites. On September 25th, October 16th and 30th lululemon athletica will also offer private consultations and trunk shows.