These days, yoga is being paired with just about everything–from wine tasting and Grateful Dead music to dance parties and artisanal tasting dinners. The latest incarnation comes at the Cobra Club, opened last month by yoga teachers and hospitality industry vets Nikki Koch, Julia Huffman, and Dana Bushman. It’s not typical to have a yoga studio in the midst of a fully licensed bar, but these three friends were looking for something a little more social than the typical yoga experience. ”Every time we take a great class, afterward we want to go have a drink and relax and have a conversation,” Koch told New York magazine.
Located in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, the studio serves Counter Culture coffee from 6:30 am and then morphs into a full bar in the afternoon. Organic Red Hook hot dogs and Frito pies (including a vegetarian version) are also available until 4 am on Friday and Saturday. And lest anyone attempt a headstand after a couple of drinks, the booze remains a post-practice activity at the Cobra Club. In case anyone’s had to much to drink the night before, the studio also offers a Hangover Yoga class on Saturday and Sunday.
The Cobra Club philosophy is stated clearly and best on their website:
We reject the idea that in order to live full and happy lives we must abstain from all vices, detach from the world and become saint-like. We believe that if there is a secret to life, it lies in experiencing all sides of existence – the bad and the good, sadness and joy, darkness and light. We embrace our vices for the value they bring to our lives.
Welcome to The Cobra Club. Yoga for your dark side, spirits for your soul.
Personally, I can’t wait to check it out…