Yoga is one way to loosen up. Drinking a glass of wine is another.
Past Tense Studio’s monthly Vinyasa & Vino classes are a chance to try both methods to get ready for the weekend. At the July debut, instructor Caitlin Van Hecke took advantage of the packed room by having students partner up for several poses. The pairings helped set the mood for the second act of the night.
“Usually after class, you just leave,” Van Hecke said. “This is a social experience.”
After the hourlong, all-levels practice, two students — wine importers Tom Natan and Dare Wenzler of First Vine — uncorked a selection of summer reds. They explained a bit about each bottle and invited folks to take a glass, sniff and savor.
“For centuries, wine was considered medicine,” Natan explained as students sipped and mingled.
Mount Pleasant resident Rachael Doss, 29, likes that both poses and potables are up to interpretation. “I can practice how I want, and I can taste what I want,” she said. “It can be different from anyone else in the room and that’s OK.”
Based on the smiles around the rest of the room, that was definitely OK with everyone.
Vinyasa & Vino went on hiatus in August. It’s back Friday with rosés.
Details: The next Vinyasa & Vino is 6:30 p.m. Friday at Past Tense Studio (3253 Mount Pleasant St. NW, pasttensestudio.com). It’s the price of any single class: $15.