At any given Saturday or Sunday yoga class, half the students are likely engaged in a hangover-induced inner dialogue of regrets and self-chastisement. (And many of us simply opt to stick to the couch because we’re not sure we can make it through class.) Enter Brooklyn’s Cobra Club: A yoga studio fronted by a bar…and thanks to their Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm Hangover Yoga class (which comes with a post-class Bloody Mary or Mimosa), a safe haven for those of us yogis who didn’t call it a night when they should have.
If the bar/yoga studio combination sounds unorthodox, it is: And that’s the way co-owners Nikki Koch, Julia Huffman and Dana Bushman all wanted it to be. Koch, who teaches Hangover Yoga and spoke to Blisstree about the business, said that she started with the idea of attracting students who might be turned off of yoga because of the associated lifestyle mandates or perceived spirituality. Her Hatha-style classes don’t include chanting and she avoids using sanskrit. And, unlike many New York studios, her approach is to tailor classes to the least-advanced students to avoid injury and encourage new students to try her classes, instead of pushing students to extremes.
Plus, she says, “we’re a bar, so there’s an admission that if you’re not a saint, you can still do yoga.”
Mostly, Koch and her co-owners hope that the bar will encourage students to continue the conversations they have in class. “Sometimes you have an amazing experience in class, and you need or want to talk about it,” she says. The bar, which also serves coffee and small bites in the morning, encourages people to integrate yoga into their lives, instead of awkward shuffling in and out of class without the opportunity to socialize.
After her Hangover Yoga class, we chatted about this and more over a Bloody Mary and Michelada. I picked her brain to learn what ‘Hangover Yoga’ was all about, and what those of us who can’t make it out to Cobra Club’s corner of Brooklyn can do to make ourselves feel better.
Here’s what you can do to ease up