Downward-Facing, Doggone Good Fun

Vino & Vinyasa is a popular wine-and-yoga rooftop event back again at W Hotel

The smart single guys—who are at least moderately flexible—will make a beeline to the sand-covered Beach rooftop bar at the downtown W Hotel this Thursday, for the summer premier of Vino & Vinyasa. It’s a wine-and-yoga event that last year was reportedly attended by three spandex-clad gals for every warrior-posing guy.

The one-hour class is taught by popular yoga teacher/mentor/consultant Bonnie Jones. “This is the second year for this class, and it’s got an amazing energy,” says Jones, who is also an “ambassador” for lululemon athletica yoga apparel (a new shop will open downtown this summer). “I think people like being outdoors and on the sand—but in the city.”

Jones notes that doing yoga on sand is “super hard,” but still a fun challenge. As added incentive to come bend on the beach, there will be a raffle of five one-month memberships to The Little Yoga Studio in Cortez Hill.

The classes at W Hotel will re-occur every other Thursday through September 3. Get there earlier than the 5:30 p.m. start time—or risk being relegated to overflow space near the pool (no, they won’t put you on a mat in the lobby).

Your first glass of vino is $3. But will you feel odd socializing out at a bar in your yoga-sweat-sopped gym clothes? No way, says Jones. “Everyone’s there to do yoga,” she says. “Afterward, the veneer is stripped away, and the typical male-female dance is broken down. Everybody mixes and mingles.”

Meditate on that.

Ron Donoho is a regular contributor to and a contributing editor to His Web site ( is dedicated to news, sports, culture, happy hours and all things downtown.

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