Yoga for Foodies Trend Stretches to Chicago

Classes offer yoga sessions followed by a meal

By Marcus Riley
|  Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010  |  Updated 12:02 PM CDT
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Love yoga? Love food? Save time by combining the two with Yoga for Foodies, a practice that's making its way to Chicago's Province restaurant in March.

It combines vegan food with Bikram yoga, as described in Monday's New York Times from a session at a New York studio.

"All had signed up for a strange new hybrid of physical activity: first an hour of vigorous, sweaty yoga, then a multicourse dinner of pasta, red wine and chocolate. As soon as the lights went up, dinner was served on the floor: an (almost) seamless transition designed to allow the yogis to taste, smell and digest in a heightened state of awareness."
Province has teamed up with Yahoo! Wellness Expert David Romanelli for a March 8 event called "Jam Sessions: Yoga for Foodies." It doesn't say whether that meal will take place right on the yoga mats.

The 312 Dining Diva, who first reported on the trend making its way to Chicago, isn't impressed, calling the practice "unsanitary."

"I'm all about exploring yourself through yoga -- and of course I'm all about the food ... but this is beyond," she said.

Everybody breathe deeply now -- and digest.

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