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February 23rd, 2012

Featured Retailer: Simply Power Yoga

Heidi Fricke is the owner and founder of Simply Power Yoga. After leaving Corporate America in 2002, Heidi discovered a whole new way of living. Marathon running is what brought her to yoga but she soon realized yoga had so much more to offer than just a physical practice. Yoga became a huge part of her daily practice and life. Heidi has trained directly with Baron Baptiste and his group of Senior and Master Teachers. She is a 500 Hour Certified Baptiste Teacher.

The doors of SPY opened in September of 2011. The studio has a state of the art heating system with radiant heat panels and a steam humidifier. There is both a heated and non-heated studio. There are over 40 classes offered weekly. The cork flooring allows for a more balanced and comfortable practice. The cork flooring was provided by Greener Stock a one of a kind Resource and Design Center in Cincinnati specializing in natural, non-toxic, and eco-friendly building products for homes and businesses.

Simply Power Yoga is more than just a yoga studio. It is a community center for all ages. SPY is involved in both local and global community projects, including Africa Yoga Project, YWCA House of Peace a Domestic Violence Shelter in Greater Cincinnati and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati.

At Simply Power Yoga, the classes will be challenging as the instructors will constantly take you to your edge. Power Yoga is about stepping out of your comfort zone and letting go of your fears. The practice will not only transform your body but also your mind and spirit. Our mission is to support the journey of each individual in the community both on and off the mat.

December 5th, 2011

Featured Retailer: Embody Activewear

Embody Activewear opened its doors in June of 2010 with a special mission: to be a hub of the Yoga and Pilates community in the healthy community of Canmore, Alberta, Canada. We pride ourselves in carrying various brands of unique, high-quality clothing, each with its distinct fabric, fit and function. We especially love carrying brands that are made from eco-sustanible fabrics such as bamboo, hemp, tencel, and organic cotton. Lines that hold a special social or environmental responsibility are also highlighted, whether there's a "meal donated to a person in need for every product sold" or a "tree planted for every product sold." Our customers enjoy purchasing products that are good both for themselves as well as good for the Earth and our fellow man.

We also filled a need in our community for carrying the highest quality and selection of Yoga mats, props and accessories, with Manduka being our key-stone line. Not only do our customers appreciate the high performance quality, design, and durability of Manduka products, but they also LOVE Manduka's mission and message of spreading love, joy, unity, and care for the planet. It's the story of Manduka products that really resonates with people and we are proud to carry it in our store.

On top of being a retail store, Embody also educates its customers and community by offering Pilates and Meditation classes, as well as various yoga workshops and events. Health practitioners are supported by receiving a special discount on gear, as well as opportunities to promote their health and wellness services. We also support local high-performance athletes by giving them a place of employment that offers flexibility around their training and competition schedule, discounts on gear and health services to help them achieve their goals and dreams. We support numerous local charities and events are determined to help people live a more balanced lifestyle. Our store is driven by our hearts and we're loving every minute of it! Sincerely, Bonny-Lynn & Allan Russell

November 2nd, 2011

Featured Retailer: Moksha Yoga L.A.

THE VISION: Moksha Yoga LA is a green, clean, hot yoga studio that strives to make sweaty yoga accessible to all. It began with the dream of 3 bright eyed Canadian gals to bring the amazing vision and community of Moksha Yoga to LA. Moksha Yoga is a group of independent hot yoga studios committed to ethical, compassionate and environmentally conscious living and believes that the benefits of yoga are limitless and accessible to all. From Toronto to Vancouver, from New York to Montreal, all Moksha Yoga studios share a common vision.

THE SERIES: Moksha Yoga series stretches, strengthens and tones the muscles while detoxifying the body, calming the mind and give a great cardiovascular workout - why not right?! That being said, Moksha Yoga is more than a series of postures...

7 PILLARS: From Toronto to Vancouver, from New York to Montreal, all Moksha Yoga studios share a common vision. BE HEALTHY. BE ACCESSIBLE. LIVE GREEN. COMMUNITY. REACH OUT. LIVE TO LEARN. BE PEACE. This is what we stand for...sweat for...laugh and live for... But rule number one is ALWAYS have fun doing it all!

The PERKS. Along with the amazing classes at Moksha Yoga LA, the facilities are built entirely eco-friendly, always clean, and has spacious men and women's change/shower rooms so you can even get your sweat on before work, or even a hot date! On top of that we have a whole retail area that includes the latest athletic apparel, environmentally friendly products as well as a whole lot of awesome Manduka.

READY...SET...SWEAT!!! Hope to see you soon.

October 6th, 2011

Featured Retailer: Indigo

Indigo-A Creative Approach to Fitness & Wellness, LLC was founded in January of 2006 by husband & wife team Shannon Moran & Abby Webster-Moran. Both have always had a passion for conscious living, natural health, and of course...yoga, which led the couple to open a wellness studio that emphasizes the practice of yoga & alternative therapies. We are very excited to be offering our first Yoga Teacher Training (200-hr Certification) in January of 2012.

Our beautiful studio is situated near the Mississippi River in the heart of Downtown Moline, IL and is home to 8 yoga instructors, 5 massage therapists, one Shamanic Practitioner (who has her Master's Degree in Counseling), and a host of guest instructors who offer a range of healing & eclectic services. As a studio we do not subscribe to one specific style, and therefore encourage each team member to offer his or her own unique perspective to our ever-growing community of supporters. Perhaps this is why our studio was voted as the Quad Cities BEST Studio in 2010 (RC Reader Poll.) We are proudly committed to continuing education, skillful instruction, and to offering the best eco-friendly yoga products on the market.

September 7th, 2011

Featured Retailer: Breathe

We opened Breathe in Pittsford, NY in 2002 when we put all of our favorite things under one roof: yoga, an organic juice bar, and a boutique.

Since then, Breathe has continued to evolve. With a major expansion at the original Pittsford, NY location completed in 2009, it now offers 6,000 sq. feet of all this, and more; including a teaching kitchen, holistic spa, acupuncture services, expanded yoga offerings and a variety of cooking and nutrition classes. In the fall of 2010, Breathe opened its second location in Webster, NY with the third location expected to open November 2011 in Rochester, NY.

Breathe is not just another yoga studio. Yoga icons Baron Baptiste and Seane Corn; environmentalist, activist and humanitarian, Julia Butterfly Hill; “Clean Food” cookbook author Terry Walters; musician Michael Franti and others have either taken classes at Breathe, have hosted workshops and classes here, or have been directly involved inspiring us to create a environment that is completely different from any other wellness-oriented venue or yoga studio.

Breathe started off as a hobby and has become more than we could have ever imagined. Not only do we love building relationships with our community but with each other as a family. We look at Breathe as an extension of our family and feel grateful to be able to work with each other on a daily basis. Here at Breathe, we love what we do—and it shows each and every day.