Temperance Trikonasana, a monthly yoga and beer class led by yoga instructor Jenny Arrington and hosted at Temperance Beer Company, has raised more than $10,000 for local organizations. Over three years, the proceeds from the series has gone back to benefit 36 smaller nonprofits, including Literature for All of Us, an Evanston group that fosters literacy in local communities to combat social inequity, and Evanston Scholars, an association that helps underserved Evanston students through the college admissions process, through graduation.
“Since we’re raising a few hundred dollars at a time, we like to make as large of an impact as possible,” said Josh Gilbert, owner of Temperance Beer Company.
Since 2015, the series has become a regular tradition at Temperance the third Saturday of each month. After an hour of relaxing yoga that draws people of all levels, participants get together to enjoy a free beer and learn more about the beneficiary of the month, with a representative from the organization present to connect with community members and answer more questions.
“When everyone is feeling really good and taking those first few sips of beer, they’re focused on what the speaker is saying,” Mr. Gilbert said. “That person from the organization can really get the word out.”
Ms. Arrington, an instructor who also teaches at Northwestern and Kellogg, donates her time to teach the classes. Temperance provides the space and the beer, and 100% of the money raised goes back to support small but mighty nonprofits where a few hundred dollars can really make a difference. She teaches a fusion of vinyasa and kundalini, incorporating sound therapy and meditation into the class.
Temperance Trikonasana will celebrate its three-year anniversary on May 19, with proceeds going back to The Talking Farm, the Trikonasana’s first beneficiary. The Talking Farm is a North Shore organization that supports locally grown food through urban farms and agriculture.
“It’s bigger than the two of us now,” said Ms. Arrington. “People rely on it, and they look forward to it. It’s become part of the community.”
“We started very humbly and didn’t know what the reaction would be,” Mr. Gilbert said. “We have a core group of regulars that show up and we’re always getting new people into the brewery that probably otherwise wouldn’t have found us. Raising $10,000 over three years feels amazing.”
“What I say at the beginning of each of these classes is that we want to practice mindfulness, awareness and intention with everything we do,” Ms. Arrington said. “That includes things like beer.”