Although yoga provides most people with a sense of release, Rebecca Delott, Logan Square resident and yoga instructor, saw the opportunity to make it a more social experience.
Delott, who has taught Vinyasa yoga for the past two years, decided to pair her yoga experience with her seven-year experience as a wine rep to create unique events where she combines a 75-minute yoga session with a 45-minute wine tasting. After laughing through challenging poses and coming out of a peace coma, Delott transforms the mood from yoga studio to French cafe, serving peanut butter and chocolate truffles, fine cheeses and water crackers to cleanse pallets between each toast.
For those open to the experience, Delott promises, “You will definitely sweat; you will definitely laugh.”
Yoga and Wine
“Everyone is uncomfortable in spandex,” Delott admits. She created these wine and yoga sessions as a fun way to let a group of friends share a bonding experience or a group of strangers get to know each other. As you begin to become conscious of your environment, you notice things. “This person’s breathing; this person’s feet smell,” she says. “You get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”
Delott conducts these sessions throughout Chicago studios and homes, and has added options for boys’ nights, girls’ nights, birthday parties, company bonding events and singles mixers. Bring the people and an open mind and she brings the mats and creates the environment. Contact Delott to schedule a yoga and wine event.
Yoga as a Practice
Delott says that unlike most physical activity, with yoga, “There’s nothing to attain; it’s about refining [your moves].” She uses her classes to guide her students to appreciate “the gift that happens—the beautiful sense of calm and clarity [when you] focus on your breath and breathe in nourishment.”
At Namaskar Yoga in Lakeview, one of the several places Delott teaches, front desk assistance Holly Stotler agrees that yoga is a gift.
“The great thing about it is it’s never too late to start,” Stotler says. “People come here in their 60s and 70s—and for all I know they are older than that—and yoga is keeping them young.”
Delott does yoga every day and encourages others to do the same because it provides self-awareness and betters your life with a lot of self-love reminders.
“Yoga keeps you sane,” Stotler adds. “You don’t freak out as much.”