Wakefield's newest business - Balance Yoga Studio - marked its grand opening in October at its location at the rear of 364 Main Street, (The Alano Building).
Christy Dole, a Woburn resident who has been practicing yoga for 12 years and teaching it for 2, is offering a variety of holistic health options geared toward all ages. Dole is also a Reiki master and is trained in integrated energy therapy - which is focused on releasing emotions from the body. She also has more than just a business tie to Wakefield - Her husband, Greg Dole, is a 2001 graduate of Wakefield High School.
In a recent conversation with Wakefield Patch, Dole reported that she will offer popular classes like Hatha (gentle yoga) and Vinyasa (power yoga), but will also try some options such as hip-hip yoga and restorative yoga.
Dole bills the hip-hop yoga as a real workout that is set to fun music and which is geared toward those looking to build up a good sweat. Restorative yoga is a more relaxing experience that she explains will have a massage therapist on hand, working on areas like the scalp and reflexology as people settle into their postures, complete with props such as blankets or pillows, for about eight minutes at a time.
"My vision is to have a studio where everyone can take a class, where there is something for everyone," said Dole, adding that she also hopes to build up a local community of happy, healthy individuals who are interested in learning more about holistic health practices.
Other yoga offerings in the foreseeable will include an 8-week intro to yoga series expected to start around January, a gentle yoga class, and a kids' yoga class. Dole also reports that she recently hired an instructor who will do chair yoga, which is geared more toward seniors.