With the end of spring break quickly approaching and the return of school and work on the horizon for thousands of students and residents, one last moment of relaxation and escape are available before the next week begins.
Yalobusha Brewing Co. has teamed up with Southern Star Yoga Center to create YaloYoga, a unique event centered around yoga and beer.
YaloYoga is a two-hour event that benefits the Second Chance Animal Alliance of Water Valley, a local animal shelter. For a minimum donation of $20, guests can enjoy an hour of relaxing yoga in the Yalobusha Brewing Co. and end with an hour of live music by Kell Kellum and a free, cold, locally-brewed beer.
“A $20 cash donation at the door gets you the one hour class, followed by a one hour social hour,” said Andy O’Bryan, Yalobusha Brewing Co. owner. “You get a couple samples of Yalobusha beers included and can double your samples by bringing a bag of dog food or other supplies for the shelter.”
The event was created when Emma Finly, the owner of Southern Star Yoga Center, saw a need in the community. Finly approached O’Bryan and his wife about Second Chance Animal Alliance, noting the fact that the animal shelter receives no public funding. O’Bryan jumped at the chance to help with this cause.
“The event was started by Emma Finly of Southern Star Yoga,” O’Bryan said. “She ran into my wife, Macon, and I one night out in Oxford and pitched the general idea to me. I immediately agreed to host the events, and we worked out some of the finer details over the following few weeks.”
The first YaloYoga took place in February and was a huge success, raising over $1,500 for the Second Chance Animal Alliance. The second YaloYoga will be held on Sunday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Yalobusha Brewing Co.
O’Bryan hopes that these type of events will continue to grow and help support a worthy cause in the Oxford community.
YaloYoga is open to the public, but guests must be 21 or older to receive the complimentary beverages. Guests are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat but can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request to reserve one.
Amy Goodin is a writer for HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at argoodin12