December 19, 2013 (Sydney, NS) – Owners and certified yoga teachers, Nicole Cammaert and Nancy Bona, are about to see their long-time dream of opening a full-service yoga studio realized. The 1000 square foot studio will open in mid-January in the former Holy Angels High School. The studio will employ 8-10 local, trained and certified teachers with 15-20 class offerings per week.
The yoga industry in North America continues to enjoy rapid growth in popularity as its health and wellness benefits are increasingly acknowledged. This trend is reflected throughout Cape Breton. Green Lotus Yoga & Wellness aims to nurture, foster and support this interest through its broad program offerings. Cammeart notes, “Green Lotus’ desire is to build a yoga community in a socially engaged way; we can care for the earth, care for and empower our community, and care and for and respect one another through the creation of a healthier environment so that we not only survive, but thrive.”
Of their choice in locating the yoga studio at the former Holy Angels High School, Bona offers, “Holy Angels has been a special space for so many in our community. Acknowledging the tradition of what it has stood for in the past, we hope to honour its legacy and memory by helping, in our way, to educate others; education based around the importance of taking care of our bodies, minds and spirits through yoga and other complementary teachings.”
With a focus on supporting healthy families and communities, programming that caters to each stage of life will be offered from pre-natal yoga, Mommy and Me Post-Natal yoga, and family, tween and teen yoga, to general and specialized programs including chair yoga, and yoga for anxiety and depression. Beginner to advanced adult classes will be offered steeped in various traditions and approaches including Kripalu, Restorative, Yin, Ashtanga and Vinyasa, to name a few. In addition to yoga, chi gong, pilates, and Zumba classes will be available.
“We are excited and honoured to welcome Green Lotus Yoga to Holy Angels”, says New Dawn Director of Operations and Special Projects, Norma Boyd. “Their philosophy and their offerings very much align with our vision of this complex as a creative, positive and synergistic multi-use space where members of our community of all ages, incomes and backgrounds can come to find, share and refine their gifts and their passions.”
The opportunity to locate the studio in the former Holy Angels School aligns closely with the goals of the owners; to further grow and support the yoga community. The naturally-lit Green Lotus Yoga studio will open in the former high school library located between the school and the convent, and, according to Cammaert, “situates the studio and its energy in a balanced place between the head, the school, and the heart, the convent”.
Green Lotus Yoga and Wellness plans to open its doors mid-January. Gift certificates are currently available with a website, pricing and schedule to be announced in the next two weeks. For more information visit www.greenlotusyoga.net or follow Green Lotus Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.