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February 10th, 2011

Featured Retailer: The Yoga Center Of Indiana

In 2007, co-owners of The Yoga Center of Indiana began an unprecedented journey that has led them down a path of unexpected twists and turns with no end in sight.
Karen Fox and Heather Thomas both shared one vision, not just another a yoga studio in Indianapolis, Indiana but to build a community. A sanctuary without dogma, mirrors, or perfect poses. A place you could breathe in...
Heather and Karen spent 12 weeks driving five hours to Detroit, Michigan to train with renowned yoga teacher, Jonny Kest. One week after graduating from teacher training, Karen and Heather opened The Yoga Center of Indiana. TYC seemed to fill a much needed void in the Indianapolis Yoga community. Bringing equal parts of heat, music, flowing vinyasa sequences, and encouraging themes to each class. TYC is a community, open to ONE and all.
In 2010, TYC2 was opened in a near north side of suburb of Indianapolis Carmel. It too is a unique space, located in the heart of Clay Terrace, an outdoor lifestyle center.
Karen and Heather invite you into our space to breathe, sweat and rock your body on the yoga mat! Whether you are looking to start a yoga practice, deepen your existing practice of yoga, or simply to unwind and renew your spirit, you will find The Yoga Center of Indiana a supportive and open minded community that is dedicated to your well-being.

January 4th, 2011

Featured Retailer: Renaissance Yoga

Bio:

Some things are just meant to be. Picture a pastoral, semi-rural, sailing community on the Chesapeake Bay landscaped by horses, corn and old tobacco barns with lots of warm, genuine people all around, yet no yoga studio anywhere in sight. Enter a fellow of modest means with an ardent desire to share his practice.
The resultant: Renaissance Yoga.
Established in 2005, with just a single yoga class a week, Renaissance Yoga of Galesville, Maryland has flourished into a dynamic, mobile yoga abode featuring 15 - 20 classes a week in an array of community halls and centers that dot the local landscape - not to mention corporate classes, sports team trainings at high schools and universities, and a host of other special offerings and events.
Satyam, the founding director and lead instructor of Renaissance Yoga, began his journeying into yoga in 1991 through a meditation-based practice with an emphasis on yoga lifestyle. By '93 he yearned to take it deeper.
That fall, he and his brother departed Forestville, CA & put foot to pedal on a 6-month bicycle tour from NW China over the Himalayas via the silk road / Karakoram Highway - the highest public roadway in the world (15,397 ft) - into Pakistan and across the entire Indian subcontinent. Far more than just a bike tour, it became an immersion and exploration into the culture of yoga.

Over the next ten years, Satyam spent months upon months living in ashrams (yoga houses) in India - most of the time in remote villages without any amenities, i.e. bathing outside by a well and living in a mud hut with an earthen floor, where he studied one-on-one with a yogacharya.
Renaissance Yoga aims to provide anyone and everyone their own personal gateway into this ancient practice that is a perfect complement to the demands of modern-day living. All the wonderful people who come to class, spread the word, and inspire the next great program.

Life is an experiential, sometimes thorny, yet joyous journey – and they are all part & parcel of a singular universal family. To all those aspirants & practitioners venturing about, via road or web, when in town, please know you are most welcome, www.renyoga.com.

December 3rd, 2010

Featured Retailer: Big Fish

Big Fish is the manifestation of Mary Lyn’s intention to bring Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga to an amazing beach community near Jacksonville, Florida. She moved from Seattle to Jax Beach three years ago and she saw there was space for powerful, heart-filled yoga.

Since the doors opened in September of 2010, the team at Big Fish Yoga has taught with a purpose of bringing people together and creating community. And they’ve rallied around one important question: “What am I doing for others?”

Many brand new yogis are participating in our intro series, experiencing the power of yoga in their lives for the first time. Our Practice with Purpose class generates funds to support local and global family charities. And the extended Baptiste community adds support and new energy through our Guest Teacher program, where we bring teachers from all corners of the country to our small beach town. The transformations that are occurring – in individuals and in the community as a whole – are amazing.

And it’s only been 3 months!

For more info, visit bigfishpoweryoga.com

November 17th, 2010

Featured Retailer: Victoria Park

A 10 day island retreat sounds heavenly, but budgets and schedules don’t always allow for this kind of luxury. 
It might be time to experience an ‘urban retreat’. Right outside the bustling city of Montreal, Quebec, you’ll find Victoria Park, an innovative health and wellness centre inspired by the great urban parks of the world.
Victoria Park’s vision is to simplify and inspire the lives of their members.  And, who wouldn’t be inspired by a full service spa, gourmet health café, and private health club offering more than 15 yoga classes a week.
A place to retreat every day?  Now that’s luxury.

September 30th, 2010

Featured Retailer: Mbody Yoga

MBody Yoga is bringing the heat to Jacksonville, Florida. This pair of Baptiste power vinyasa yoga affiliate studios and complimentary retail boutique, The MStore, has quickly become one of the busiest and most respected yoga enterprises in Florida.

MBody has attracted a loyal legion of practitioners to its athletic styling’s of power yoga in a heated room, but kept them coming for the MBody message that the practice can cultivate power from within. The MStore has similarly attracted faithful customers through offering a fresh assortment of high-quality, unique yoga apparel and accessories including Manduka mats.

The real success of MBody Yoga may be in its remarkable ability to cultivate community by engaging its students on multiple fronts including retail, volunteer service, teacher training, retreats, DJ Yoga Parties, mixers and movie nights.