It’s Sunday morning. 7:00 AM. At Steam Whistle Brewing. And no, we’re not just wrapping up our Saturday night’s festivities. We are there for a very different reason…Yoga Untapped?! Believe it or not, Steam Whistle Brewing, a personal fave of the Well TO Do team, is hosting a yoga class in its gorgeous and brightly lit (thanks to the floor to ceiling windows) warehouse space. And the class could not have been better.
Taught by our girl, lululemon Ambassador and all around gem, Tara Good, the hour-long class offered a gentle flow practice, set to Tara’s incredible music selections. To see approximately 80 yogis of all ages (including a higher percentage of men than usual, we might add…something to do with the beer component?) practice in such a beautiful and quintessentially Toronto space was a sight to behold.
As savasana ended, participants were invited to mingle in the tasting area, enjoying Steam Whistle’s refreshing pilsner – always a treat! Tours were also offered of the facilities. The highlight? Definitely getting to pull the actual steam whistle…
Good news for us, Yoga Untapped is actually a monthly series run by Steam Whistle. So, if you missed this month’s class, there will be plenty of chances to get your yoga (and your beer) on in the coming months! By bringing the Toronto yoga community together in one of Toronto’s most well-known landmark sites, Yoga Untapped does what we here at WTD love most – celebrating Toronto at its best.
We were lucky enough to catch Yoga Untapped founder, Robyn Goldman, after the yoga session and learn a bit more about how this event came to be, over a nice cold beer, of course.
WTD: Please introduce yourself to the Well TO Do Readers.
Robyn Goldman: Hey everyone! I’m Robyn Goldman. Shortly after moving to Toronto 3 years ago I started working at Steam Whistle Brewing in their Retail and Promotional Events department. I am the founder of a community based yoga program called “Yoga Untapped”. The program runs on the last Sunday of every month at the brewery, it costs $15 to participate and all of the proceeds are donated to the Princess Margaret Hospital Ride to Conquer Cancer.
WTD: What inspired you to create Yoga Untapped?
RG: Working for a company like Steam Whistle (as you can well imagine) comes with a lot of perks. One of the most incredible perks is the support that they give to their employees. When I first signed up for the Ride To Conquer Cancer, I approached my manager about creating a fundraising event that would be a meaningful way for me to impact the community, as well as give back to the Ride in my own small way. I had already decided to participate in the Ride myself and I loved that the company I worked for had already been supporting it for ten years. Channeling the almighty Kevin Costner, I had an epiphany, “If I build it, they will come.” The rest was history! An engaging community experience at a local landmark, for a good cause with free beer!
WTD: What is next for Yoga Untapped?
RG: It’s hard to imagine what the next step is for Yoga Untapped. I still feel like I am riding such a high after witnessing the most recent session bring in over 90 people. The first session we held in 2015 was a much smaller 8 people, so I definitely feel like I’m watching my baby grow up! Who knows, maybe one day Yoga Untapped can takeover the ENTIRE Roundhouse. For now I’m just going to continue to believe in this program and bring awareness to the RTCC, bringing people together to support their local breweries, a great cause and our amazing community.
WTD: What’s exciting you most about the Toronto wellness scene right now?
RG: I would definitely say the most exciting thing about the wellness scene in our city is how accessible it has become. There is such a variety of events and groups out there; there is honestly something for everyone. One of the coolest recent experiences I had was getting to take part in “Doga” (a yoga class where dogs are welcome). This was such a neat event for me that I was even able to overlook the “surprise” that my own little Maltese Yorkie, Danny, had left in the middle of the floor. Embarrassment aside, it’s occasions like this that reaffirm how attainable wellness is and that it doesn’t always have to be in the standard, traditional ways.
For more information on Steam Whistle Brewing, Yoga Untapped and all of the other incredible Steam Whistle programming (along with the benefits that a post-yoga beer can have?!), click here.