Voice of America

Dutch TV


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"The combination of the tipsiness and the rhythm of the flow helps me get out of my own head — it's pretty much the only time I'm not intensely worrying about something. We all handle stress differently, and while I wouldn't necessarily suggest this is the healthiest way, I'm glad that the wine buzz is sanctioned in this class, rather than something I've added to the menu on my own."

NY POST (2019)

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“It’s OK if you spill,” says Drunk Yoga creator Eli Walker, 29, an actress and yogi who created the trademarked yoga brand in 2017. “But if you do spill on your mat, you have to say one nice thing about yourself.”

Her 90-minute class, set to a variety of pop music and throwback jams (every class ends with Bobby McFerrin’s ’80s bop, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”), features proprietary moves like the Corkscrew, where you spin around in the pretzel-like Gomukhasana pose without taking your feet off the ground.”


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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."'

International Business Times

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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.  "...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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"Cheers to having fun and
testing your flexibility after a few sips, because Eli said it best: 'When you're playing with your body in time and space in a new way, surrounded by friends in a bar with a glass of wine, it's hard not to enjoy yourself.'"

Daily Mail UK

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"And while that might not sound like the safest idea, Eli insists that all moves are entry-level and it's more stretching and practicing flexibility than it is drunk headstands. The thought of getting drunk and exercising at the same time may seem counter-intuitive, but it's actually more about the experience than it is about losing weight and as Walker says, 'Happiness is health.' "

Body + Soul

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“During this class, there was not even a hint of [intimidation]. In fact, we were all actively encouraging one-another.

No one cared if a pose didn't work out – we were all there to learn and have a good time. The end result was a group of strangers on a rooftop, having a laugh, dishing out compliments and moving their bodies in the sunshine.

Just try and tell me that isn't good for the soul.”

Secret NYC

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"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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"Those of us who enjoy alcohol (at least at the time we're drinking it) experience increased activity in our dopamine neurons and a release of endorphins. Pair those happy feelings with a beautiful summer night and some deep stretching, and you've got a recipe for one hell of a warm-fuzzy time...We weren't allowed to take sips without permission, and doing so resulted in a harsh penalty: You had to make up a dance move on your mat, and everyone else had to do it...Plus, alcohol has minimal effects on strength levels, so with my inhibitions out the door, doing challenging moves like a half push-up or boat pose felt freaking awesome."


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"The word yoga, at its root, means "to join" or "to unite." What unites strangers better than a few glasses of wine during a silly, shared experience? Drunk yoga isn't the class you go to if you're trying to nail a handstand or practice a serious flow. But if you think your yoga bliss comes with a glass of rosé in hand, then you've found your nirvana."

NY POST (2017)

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"The bizarre fitness trends keep rolling in, but this one gets a double thumbs up from us. One yoga instructor in New York is offering up evenings of tipsy yoga. Why? Because 'one is more flexible when drunk.'"

Culture Trip

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"Yoga is a practice of presence, balance, strength and grace—things not generally associated with or aided by the consumption of alcohol—so it’s intriguing that Drunk Yoga, a class that blends vinyasa and vino, has taken off in New York..."


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"…This type of self-care is particularly alluring during this time of year, when the heightened indulgences and intensity of the holidays juxtapose with the looming expectations of being your best self come the new year. Adopt an early resolution and take care of yourself.”