About Yoga & Brews

Welcome to our Yoga & Brews community, where our love for yoga and local, craft beer unites. We are excited to have you join us for practice and a brew or two.

Our studio is a Colorado brewery. Our post-class refreshment is a beer. We welcome all level yogis and beer tasting experiences to our community. Relax its only yoga & beer, nothing too serious. Building the beer loving community one class, one beer at a time.

We like to talk about Yoga & Brews as the combination of things that make us feel good. Feel-good, non-intimidating, all-levels, fun yoga. Local, craft brews, enjoyed in the breweries that passionately make them. And a welcoming community of like minded individuals to gather with friends, new and old.

The idea for this unique concept all started over a couple beers on the porch one summer evening between good friends, and we began classes in September 2015 at Gold Camp Brewing Company. We now host a class almost every day of the week in the Colorado Springs.

Our teachers are all at least 200-hour Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) and were hand-selected as Yoga & Brews teachers based on their passion for life and yoga. Leading classes with a light-hearted approach. No matter what teacher you practice with you are sure to sweat, have some fun, and earn your beer. The fantastic breweries we practice in embody the values of Yoga & Brews and provide the space for the beer loving yoga community to feel welcome and comfortable being in. And our tribe of yogis, well, they are amazing and the sort of people that you'll want to be friends with.

We would love to have you join us!

Yoga & Brews Tribe

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Meet Melanie, Founder/RYT 500

Melanie came to yoga in 2013 and immediately noticed how yoga was transforming her life in mind, body and spirit. She was inspired to guide others toward finding their own balance. Melanie's classes are fun and challenging with a dose of philosophy and poetry. Expect to laugh, sweat and maybe learn something new.

When she is not in the studio (brewery) teaching yoga, Melanie enjoys spending time with her friends and family in the outdoors hiking, snowboarding, riding dirt bikes, and gardening.

In addition to her 200 hr yoga certification thru Yoga Alliance. In the Fall of 2016, Melanie also completed her 300 hr Yoga Therapy Training thru Inner Peace Yoga Therapy.

You can catch Melanie at "almost" every class!

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Meet Katrina 

RYT 200

Katrina's first yoga class was when her mom was pregnant with her. During her pregnancy, she had the sudden urge to try yoga. Growing up, Katrina was exposed to yoga while her mom was an Iyengar teacher, and this created a foundation rooted in alignment. In college, Katrina dove into her own personal practice and fell in love with Vinyasa. In 2015, she studied at Twist Yoga School in Edmonds, WA to receive her 200 hr RYT. Since then she has taught yoga along the West Coast and has been mentored by Goldie Graham, top 100 most influential yoga teachers. Katrina is now settled in Colorado Springs with her husband, offering private yoga, occasional public classes, and leading international yoga retreats. Katrina also practices as a certified Hormonal Health coach. She helps women in their 20's and 30's find hormonal balance & connect to their cycle.

* Katrina currently subs classes as needed.
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Meet Janell

E-RYT 500

Janell is an experienced yoga teacher with 1,000 hours of training in VInyasa, Rocket, Ashtanga and YIn Yoga. She is an avid practitioner and believes in being a student first. She finds inspiration to teach through her practice. She loves to help students of all levels find a connection to their practice. She enjoys challenging students past their perceived limitations by offering variations and modifications, helping to connect with the breath to calm the mind and nervous system and witnessing each student's boundless potential unfold.
When not teaching or practicing you can find her outside hiking with dogs, paddleboarding, enjoying hot springs or traveling.
She is looking forward to meeting you on the mat!
* Janell currently teaches Monday evenings in the park and is sub teacher as needed.

Meet Kelsey

RYT 200

Kelsey began practicing yoga in 2008. She has spent much of her life linking her love for community and passion for writing to a deeper understanding of wellness. Devoting time to intrapersonal work is what led her to the multi-faceted practice of yoga. Seeking connection to others and herself, she is a lifelong student of intercultural communication and the holistic approach to body, spirit, breath and mind. Kelsey teaches playful, intentionally-themed classes that interweave glimpses of various expressions of yoga. She strives to teach classes that are inclusive and accessible to all experience levels and age groups, and is eager to share yoga with anyone and everyone that wants to learn. When she is not in the studio, she enjoys wrapping herself in rays of sunshine, scanning misty skies for rainbows, and filling her soul by smiling at strangers.

A native of Pennsylvania’s Appalachian Mountains, Kelsey completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2018 at Colorado’s cambio. Yoga Studio, ten years after attending her first hot yoga class in New York City. While living in pockets across the country and world, she was drawn time and again to Colorado Springs, which she now considers her home.

* You can catch one of Kelsey's classes on Sunday at Oskar Blues.

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