Two is better than one at new yoga studio
Ryan Summerlin May 2, 2014
In 2008, twin sisters Anna and Alison Dadow opened a yoga studio in Florida after studying the practice in India. Six years later, the sisters moved to the city where their grandpa used to take them skiing. They combined their talents to create Twin Power Yoga, which is now open for business on Sidewinder Drive.
The lobby and studio are comfortable and inviting, combining both "the elements of earth and water" with primarily wood fixtures and blue and green accents. The Dadow sisters want their students to walk in and feel welcome.
"We wanted the studio to reflect love and light," Anna said. "That is the goal of our practice. It is a physical practice with a touch of spirituality."
The Dadow sisters teach "vinyasa" style yoga style that has evolved over the years. According to Alison, their yoga combines the yin and the yang. While the right side of the body represents yin, the feminine, the left side of the body represents yang, the masculine. The fluid movements the Dadow sisters practice with their students feature both.
"You feel the fire the yang while you’re in a pose, but you release the muscles softly, which is the yin," Alison said. "We try to switch up the poses throughout our classes, which range from beginners’ classes to advanced."
Anna said they welcome beginners who may have some anxiety about trying yoga. While the common fear beginners have is that they are not flexible enough for yoga, she said, that is not what their yoga is about.
The Dadow sisters said they aim to help students shed the "layer of judgment" they feel when first walking into a yoga studio by walking around throughout the class and helping them rather than staying put at the front of the studio forcing students to lift their heads up and see what they are attempting next.
"People respond to being cared about," Anna said. "So we try and work with our students during class so they feel a sense of security."
Twin Power Yoga also works with the Yoga Alliance to certify yoga instructors. They can certify instructors in eight days and said a lot of their students have opened their own yoga studios in Florida.
They also try to work "reiki" into their instructor classes, which Anna said is a healing practice and attunement of the body using only their hands. The Dadow sisters are "reiki masters" and said the healing happens with only the hovering of their hands transmitting energy to affected areas. They try to teach their student instructors the practice to use in their own yoga studios.
Anna and Alison are also offering "Doga" every Saturday from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. The class welcomes clients to bring in their canine friends to socialize as well as create connections during class.
"We’re not going to have you make your dog do yoga poses or anything like that," said Anna, laughing. "It’s just a time to come in and connect with your pet. The size of the dog doesn’t matter so long as you are a responsible pet owner."
The Dadow sisters are hoping to sell merchandise in their lobby, turning it into a boutique area. They currently sell Jade-brand yoga mats, U-Fit yoga towels, instructional DVDs, books and several different "knick knacks."
"We try and only buy one or two of the different items we sell in the store so they remain unique," Alison said. "Hopefully soon, we’ll have much more merchandise for sale."
For now, Anna and Alison are focusing their efforts on creating a welcoming environment and helping beginners become regular "yogis" by offering locals specials. Discounts on passes are offered to people who live in town or those that commute to Park City for work.
Registration for classes or memberships is available on their website, and Alison said she hopes to create a warm environment for Park City’s "athletic community."
"Our mission is to bring people together. Park City is home to all walks of life, and we want to offer them a space where they can come in and relax and focus on themselves for a little while," she said. "Yoga studios are like restaurants; each one is different, so you just have to come and try it for yourself."
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