Studio owner Michael Schindler (left) participates in exercises with instructors Lauren Nevius (middle) and Jillian Walker. (photo by John Morton)
By Jane Bartnett
There’s a new yoga studio in town. And it has a fun name.
Studio Yooga, in the heart of Siesta Key Village, is a peaceful and welcoming place. Its dark wood floors, cool gray wall, soothing music and warm comforting air instill an immediate sense of calm and well-being.
Jillian Walker, a Reike master and certified yoga instructor who trained in Costa Rica, leads a team of four certified yoga instructors. She has taught yoga in Sarasota for a number of years and first came here as a student at New College. After graduating, she never left.
Studio Yooga’s mission, Walker said, is what sets it apart from other yoga studios. “Our classes are designed to lower stress and improve the whole body’s being, including mind, body and spirit,” she said.
Designed to hold up to 10 students and one instructor at a time, Yooga’s classes, Walker believes, “will open your heart, deepen your connection to your breath, improve flexibility and balance, and give you the tools for a more aligned life.”
With an array of classes offered seven days a week, Walker believes that there is a yoga class for everyone.
For those new to yoga, she recommends the alignment-based, Warm Vinyasa class, or a gentle Restorative Yoga session.
“It will,” she says confidently, “improve your sleep and have you walking out of here feeling blessed, balanced, open and joyful.”
For expert and seasoned yogis, Walker suggests the Hot Power Vinyasa classes. These, she reports, are “for people who love to sweat and listen to amazing music while opening their heart.”
In addition to Yooga’s daily classes, ongoing special yoga events held at Beach Access 5 will celebrate Studio Yooga’s Siesta Key home and the beauty of the island.
On the first Thursday of every month, at 6:30 p.m., yoga enthusiasts are invited to meet Yooga instructors on the sand for Vino & Vinyasa. On the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., there’s Yoga & Beach Brews.
“These are BYOB and bring your own yoga-mat events,” said Walker.
Every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m, begin your day with a Studio Yooga Rise & Shine Sun Salutation yoga session. On Sundays at 6:30 p.m., the Sunset Yoga Flow class ends the week.
Full Moon Yoga and New Moon Yoga Sound Bath evenings on the beach are also being planned for the near future.
“We ask our clients to register online for our beach events and we also request a cash contribution for these sessions,” Walker said.
To celebrate the studio’s opening, new clients who are Siesta Key and Sarasota residents may purchase a one-time-only $35 package for two weeks of unlimited yoga classes. And, drop-in classes that normally go for $21 are being offered for a short time at the rate of $15 to the first three people in the door.
For those signing up for recurring monthly sessions, Yooga is offering an unlimited-class package for $130. A one-month unlimited package is $140. A three-class pack is $51, a five-class pack is $81, and a 10-class pack is $151.
A line of unique boutique items that include the work of local artisans, mala beads, candles, and industry-standard, high-quality yoga mats and towels are also sold at the studio.
Located on the second floor of 5212 Ocean Blvd., in suite 4, Studio Yooga accepts all credit cards, checks and cash for payment. Visit www.yooga.com for updates and a full list of classes and special events. Or, call Studio Yooga at (941) 248-3890.
“People come to yoga because they want to change their life and they want to feel better,” Walker said. “It’s important to find space to make your life better.”