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Yoga in the hoop house/tap room at Funky Bow Brewery in Lyman

Yoga in the hoop house/tap room at Funky Bow Brewery in Lyman

Maybe you’ve heard of growler nights at Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Company in Lyman, where you can hang out in the hoop-house-turned-tap-room and listen to live music, eat wood-fired pizza, and enjoy some of Funky Bow’s beers, like So Folkin’ Hoppy IPA, G-String Pale Ale, and Panama Red Ale, among others.

And on Saturdays this winter, you can do yoga, too.

The doors to the tap room at Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Company in Lyman. Shannon Bryan photo

Led by instructor Kelly McInnes, the hour-long all-levels yoga session runs from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. every Saturday. Cost is $15 (cash only, no need to register in advance) and includes a token to get a beer of your choice after the practice.

Class is held in the tap room – a nifty hoop house that boasts a bunch of picnic tables, pizza oven, and a small bar with several taps. Even if you’ve done yoga in a brewery elsewhere, this experience is pretty unique.

Yoga at Funky Bow inside the tap room. Shannon Bryan photo

There’s the hoop house itself, for starters, which looks like a greenhouse from the outside and on the inside is brightly and naturally lit (thanks to all that sunlight streaming in through the stretched plastic overhead, even on overcast days). The ground is sand (which isn’t exactly beachy – remember most folks are stomping around in here in shoes and boots), so your yoga mat and feet are bound to get sandy, and the temperature fluctuates a bit. (My first time there, I was barefoot and cozy. The second time, I kept my socks and knit hat on for the first part of class as the heater warmed up the space.)

A yoga class on Christmas Eve. Shannon Bryan photo

The tap room opens to the public at 1 p.m., so the class is mostly private, but there may be staff coming in and out as they prep for the day. But you’ll get to listen to chill music while Kelly leads the class in sun salutations and balancing poses. She’ll offer modifications based on your level, whether you’re an experienced yogi or brand-spanking new.

The veggie pizza at Funky Bow! On left: the tap room begins to fill up with visitors. Beer and yoga pair well together. Shannon Bryan photos

And following the class, after you’ve soaked in your savasana and rolled up your mat, you’ll get a token to trade in for a beer of your choice. And it’s worth sticking around, too. That quiet little tap room starts to get lively at 1 p.m. when the doors open to the public and folks start staking their claims at the picnic tables. The room fills with conversation and the ovens start churning out pizzas (which are excellent), and then the band kicks in with lively music.

Beers on tap at Funky Bow in Lyman. Shannon Bryan photo

And outside, the bonfire is going.

Post-yoga beers and socializing at Funky Bow! Bottom right: Fiyah! Shannon Bryan photos

You’re welcome to just visit for growler nights (Friday 4-9 p.m., Saturday 1-9 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m.) for beer, music, and wood-fired pizza. Or bring your yoga mat and $15 and take advantage of yoga in the tap room all winter long.

Yoga at Funky Bow Brewery & Beer Company

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturdays
$15 (cash only)
Just drop in, no need to register in advance
21 Ledgewood Lane, Lyman
207-423-9348
www.funkybowbeercompany.com
www.facebook.com/FunkyBowBreweryAndBeerCompany

Note: This post was originally published on Jan. 10, 2017

Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don't like "exercise" any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym.