Posture, Poses, & Pints

A beer yogi’s journey to Craft Brewer’s Conference 2016

Zach Thoren

Last week, I ventured from my new home in Charlotte, NC and joined 16,000 craft beer professionals and brewers in Philadelphia for the Craft Brewer’s Conference. As someone who’s a year into a dream career in the craft beer industry, this “work-trip” was an absolute blast. But, as with any trip, it’s often hard to keep track of our health, our goals and our practices while away from home. Here’s how I kept track of mine on this trek to Philly:


As a 9-5, desk-bound creative professional, I don’t… get out much. That’s a major reason why I began practicing yoga five years ago. Beyond its calming effect after a long day of work, practicing yoga has had a profound effect on my posture. Strengthening my back and improving my flexibility has made my “desker” a lot more comfortable. Beyond that, these effects have stretched to life on the road and being on my feet for events, trade shows and sightseeing. Focusing on keeping my core strong and my breaths deep allowed me to stand my ground and roam the conference floor comfortably all week.


Resetting for just 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night makes all the difference, plain and simple. No shortcuts here. It’s important to commit to maintaining your practice, even if it’s just for short bursts in between that session on beer trends and walking the show floor tracking down the right vendor to take your pumpkin ale to the next level. Take 10 minutes and stretch it out. Find the poses that help you get there. Surely, if you’ve been to a couple of classes, you know which will help you get to where you need to be and which will push you. Take 10 minutes to reset and get ready to go again!


I wouldn’t be a proper beer yogi if I didn’t encourage you to have a pint at the end of the day. Celebrate the place you are in, no matter where that is. Maybe you just finished practicing at the local brewery or maybe you’re at a massive celebration of your craft, take the time to appreciate your journey and raise a glass to how far you’ve come. Cheers to you!

Did I miss something? How do you maintain your practice on the road? Speaking of the road… have you heard about The Beer Yogis 2016 Road Trip?

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