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Yoga and beer collide in Detox/Retox event in Hanover

Katherine Ranzenberger
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Coldplay played quietly in the background as Misty Stillman led 32 people in an hourlong yoga session. The reward for making it through stretches and sweating? A sense of presence, some tasty local food and a cold beer.

Life in Balance Yoga Owner Misty Stillman leads an hour and fifteen minute session of yoga during Detox Retox, a collaboration event sponsored by Life in Balance Yoga, Miscreation Brewing Company and Hanover Hub is underway at Miscreation Brewing in Hanover, Sunday, March 13, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The group of people participated in the fifth Detox/Retox event at Miscreation Brewing Co. in Hanover on Sunday. Experienced yogis and beginners alike spent the first part of the morning practicing mindfulness, taught by Stillman, owner of Life in Balance Yoga. After the yoga, the group enjoyed a cold brew from Miscreation and a vegetarian meal from Hanover Hub.

“It’s more of a social thing,” said Lauren Seidenstricker, a Hanover woman who had been to the events before. “I was just saying I like right after you're done and sitting on your mat in complete contentment.”

Seidenstricker came with her mother and her friend J.P. Ayers, who traveled from Baltimore to check out the Detox/Retox event.

“It’s awesome,” Ayers said. “It’s just a different setting than normal yoga. I would say it’s a great way to try out yoga. It exposes you to a lot of poses.”

Miscreation Brewing co-owner Mark Mathias said he loves that Detox/Retox because it brings together a great mix of people. The brewery partnered with Life in Balance Yoga and Hanover Hub to create the unique event.

“I think it’s less intimidating for people who haven’t done yoga before,” Mathias said. “We have a lot of regulars from both of us that come to this.”

Hopewell Township residents Lisa and David Mohan are semi-regulars at Miscreation. The two just started practicing yoga and figured they’d check out the Detox/Retox event.

“I think it’s great,” Lisa said. “We’re beer geeks, so we come to Miscreation sometimes. I enjoyed seeing how (Stillman) taught the class. The beers are a close second (to the yoga class).”

David said he also liked finding a different style of teacher.

“I was so excited when I heard about it,” he said. “I definitely love the beer and the chance to do a different routine with a different instructor. If you like yoga and craft beer, it’s the perfect universe of that.”

Miscreation, Life in Balance Yoga and Hanover Hub have already planned the next Detox/Retox event. The groups will come together at Miscreation, 6 Center Square in Hanover, at 10 a.m. for Gentle Flow yoga on Sunday, May 1.

For $25, people can enjoy the hourlong yoga session, a craft brew and a vegetarian lunch. Preregistration is available. About 35 spots are available because of space.

The events happen every two months, but all three businesses are hoping to make it a monthly event.

For more information on the Detox/Retox events, visit lifeinbalanceyoga.net.

— Reach Katherine Ranzenberger at kranzenberger@yorkdispatch.com.