Harry Potter-themed yoga at Circle Brewing returns with magical beers

Alexa Gonzalez Wagner. Circle Brewing threw a Harry Potter-themed yoga class over Halloween weekend and, thanks to overwhelming demand, has added two other sold-out classes to the schedule.

Alexa Gonzalez Wagner. Circle Brewing threw a Harry Potter-themed yoga class over Halloween weekend and, thanks to overwhelming demand, has added two other sold-out classes to the schedule.

The Harry Potter-themed yoga class that Circle Brewing hosted on Halloween weekend received unexpected international attention — to the point that Circle, in North Austin, decided to offer another one.

That second class on Nov. 20 is already sold out. So is the one that Circle added on Friday for Nov. 27. Clearly, the brewery has found a magical way to put together beer and yoga, a combination that other local breweries, like Zilker Brewing and Hops & Grain, have been doing as well.

As Entertainment Weekly reported over the weekend, yoga instructor Isabel Beltran, who offers yoga at the brewery every Sunday, has found a way to make the Harry Potter-themed hatha yoga classes truly infused with details from the wizarding world. Every person who stretches out on a mat receives a wand to do poses with, and these poses get renamed to terms any Harry Potter fan will recognize: the “Whomping Willow” for the tree pose, for instance, and the three-legged pose as “Fluffy.”

The Nov. 20 class is on the same weekend that “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the Harry Potter spin-off prequel film, debuts in theaters across the country. Beltran plans to have themed poses for that film as well, noting in the EW article that “we’re going to use different quotes from the book and incorporate the different magical creatures into poses.”

But don’t forget about the beer.

Part of the $20 admission fee gets you a pint of Harry Potter-inspired beer as well. (“Not Your Favorite Wizard’s Butterbeer,” amiright?) On Oct. 30, Circle Brewing had a couple of special casks on hand for the inaugural wizard yoga class, including one called “Pumpkin Juice” — a pumpkin-spiced Blur Texas Hefe.

Future classes aren’t abandoning the Harry Potter brews. On Nov. 20, the brewery has two additional casks planned that will have any Potter fan thirsting to try them.

  • Goblet of Fire: the Tuxedo Tshirt Black IPA with habanero and cinnamon
  • Phoenix Feather: the Pacific Jade Dry-Hopped Saison with pomegranate

It’s not hard to imagine that there’s lots of crossover between beer lovers and Harry Potter addicts, but “most outlets barely mention (the beer),” brewery representative Alexa Gonzalez Wagner said via email.

In any case, accio Nov. 20.


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