ACHIEVING NIRVANA IN THE HALLS OF VALHALLA

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Beer Yoga

Forge Young Professionals recently partnered with Topeka Yoga Network and Norsemen Brewing Co. to help their members find their Zen with a glass of beer in their hand.

The event was hosted by Forge’s (appropriately named) Play herd. (Forge’s symbol is a bison, so their committees are called herds.) Ashley Rohleder, chair of Forge’s Play herd, noted the event just fell into place. Local businesses reach out regularly to their herd for partnerships, and when Norsemen offered the opportunity for beer and yoga, they couldn’t say no.

Topeka Yoga Network co-owner Mary Boland led the hour-long class which walked members through various yoga poses, many of which allowed you to incorporate your pint. The class was a taste of what you can experience on a Saturday morning at Norsemen. The public is invited to attend Beer Yoga on any Saturday morning at 11:30a in Norsemen’s upstairs event space, known as the “Halls of Valhalla.” The classes are open to all skill levels.
Beer Yoga is the latest in a series of monthly events hosted by Forge’s Play herd. Ashley’s cousin Megan, who co-chairs the herd, said that the purpose of the herd is to “give young talent a place to unwind, meet people, and experience what Topeka has to offer.” Play herd events serve “as the ‘living room’ of Forge,” according to Megan. “Play is often the place we welcome people in to Forge, get to know them a bit, and introduce them to new people and experiences. “It’s something I’m proud to be a part of!”

It’s been a busy year for Forge, and the Play herd specifically- with everything from a Donut Day Soiree to a Mardi Gras party to monthly Pub Club socials. Each of Forge’s events drives at one goal- showing the under 40 crowd that TopCity is the place for young talent to live, work, play, connect, and lead.

Both Ashley and Megan hope that Forge’s Play herd allows young people a chance to connect and find their place. “Engagement in the community is so important but sometimes I think it can be hard to find your place as a member of our demographic,” Megan said. “I hope [Forge] members realize that they are Topeka, too!”

As is customary, all Forge events include food, drink, prizes, and a good time for all. Individuals under 40 can find information on these and the rest of Forge’s events and herds by visiting the Forge Facebook page at Facebook.com/TopekaForge or by going to TopekaForge.org and signing up for a free membership.

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Angel Romero

Angel Romero

I came to Topeka in 2006 to start college at Washburn University, and haven't looked back! Ever since coming to Topeka, I have been impressed by how eager the community is to have young people be a part of the community. I love that I get to work every day for an organization that is fighting for the education, health, and financial stability of all citizens, from cradle to grave. I believe that real, lasting, change comes when we attack the root of challenges in our community. That is why I believe so strongly in the message of United Way. I get to work with an awesome team of passionate individuals who talk to the community about why investing in United Way is important to creating lasting, positive change. I am continually looking for opportunities to expand my fundraising knowledge and skill-set, as well as grow in my management and leadership abilities. Like any other community, Topeka has its challenges, but I continue to be inspired by the people I work with, and I am eternally optimistic about our community's future!

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