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'The yoga craze has reached new levels of quirky after a 45-minute class featuring an open bar debuted in New York City. Eli Walker, a yoga instructor, regularly teaches her 'Drunk Yoga' classes Saturday at the Grey Lady in the Lower East Side. Walker, 28, said she believed a jolt of liquid courage could help to make yoga more enjoyable for those too nervous to tackle it. ...The concept initially formulated from a last-minute effort to get rid of her extra wine ahead of her annual yoga retreat in Bali, which jokingly involved giving the wine to her students. Walker then spoke with the owners at Grey Lady, where she worked her first post-college bartending gig, about organizing a wine event with yoga."I excitedly started to develop a fun yoga sequence for beginners that incorporates drinking games for this event, for the sole purpose of inviting New Yorkers to try yoga in a fun environment who wouldn't otherwise come to class, giving them full permission to "look silly" — secretly as a ploy to introduce them to yoga as a tool to empower them with more conscious movement," Walker said. '
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“Walker’s unique approach to yoga integrates the art of storytelling into her classes, which are meant to empower her students to deconstruct the hardships they’ve faced in life in order to find more joy and inner peace.
Her “moving meditation” is called Divine Your Story, and it’s basically the most incredible, therapeutic experience that you probably never even knew you needed.”
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'Eli Walker, 28, an actress and yoga instructor who lives on the Upper West Side, has been teaching a regular "Drunk Yoga" series at Grey Lady on the Lower East Side on Monday nights, offering newcomer yogis an open wine bar paired with an easy vinyasa class (wine glass in hand) in hopes of teaching them yoga's not so scary, after all. "I've had a lot of people, whether in classes, or friends, or people I met at parties say something like, 'I'd love to try yoga but I can't because I'm not flexible, or too afraid I'd look stupid,'" Walker told Gothamist. "I thought it would be fun to turn yoga into more of a party. If I made it into a game it would make people more comfortable."'
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'Here you’ll practice low intensity Vinyasa with a glass of wine in your hand (forcing you to hold the position correctly, too, so the glass won’t tip over!). The open wine bar during the 45-minute yoga session is intended to help people new to the practice loosen up a bit and make it easier to flow into various positions. This is ideal if you’re not particularly flexible yet. Don’t worry, you’ll get there! And probably with the assistance of everyone’s good friend, vino.
This is a fun spin to classes and an awesome introduction into yoga. The positions Walker chooses for this class incorporate holding your wine.'
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"Eli's words began to dance throughout her yoga instruction, her words were what I needed to hear in that moment. The statement that stuck was "get over yourself" (said in a playful and relatable manner). I immediately became present and looked at her. I wanted to get off my mat and give her a hug. A week of self-loathing and all I needed to hear was "stop"! Step away from being so self-involved, and BE! I'd been a helicopter mom, nagging myself for a week straight and Eli dropped in to tell that piece of myself, to chill out!
I'd gained much from the workshop."