published Friday, November 13th, 2009

Yoga studio stretches


by Amy Williams
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Jessica Jollie

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    Staff Photo by John Rawlston After a year in business, North Shore Yoga is expanding.

In just over a year, the owners of North Shore Yoga have doubled the size of their studio.

Jessica Jollie and Sara Mingus, co-owners of the studio at Two North Shore on Manufacturers Road, added about 2,600 square feet of space during an expansion that includes a new 1,100-square-foot yoga studio to accommodate four new practitioners, changing rooms and a larger boutique.

The success of the 14-month-old studio is the result of a lot of hard work, Ms. Jollie said.

“I think we are amazed and really grateful,” she said. “I think there is a great sense of community here, and people have fun.”

The new studio is specially equipped for hot yoga, where students do yoga poses in temperatures of 100 degrees and up. The floor is antimicrobial and softer than a wood floor so it is easier on students’ knees, Ms. Jollie said.

The expansion comes at a time when yoga is extremely popular. Ms. Mingus said North Shore Yoga has grown even during a poor economy.

“Yoga is in great shape,” she said. “With the economy doing poorly, people are choosing to spend their money on taking care of their bodies and minds.”

The studio’s new practitioners include an acupuncturist, dietitian and nutrition therapist, a holistic counselor and astrologer and a bodywork therapist who specializes in Rolfing, a method of soft tissue manipulation.

An expanded boutique carries 10 lines of active wear and lifestyle clothing.

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