Tadasana Yoga Studio was founded in 2005 by Gwen Fellin and recently bought by faithful student Melissa Garland. She has a background in business after having graduated with a degree in communications from the University of Virginia and a degree in business from the London Business School.
Garland has worked in marketing for companies like L'Oreal and Samsung and moved to Park City with her husband to work on marketing for Promontory. She has practiced yoga for 12 years, so when former owner Glenn asked her if she wanted to buy the studio, she said she had a lot to think about.
"I always wanted to own my own business, and a yoga studio had never really been at the forefront," Garland said. "When Gwen approached me to buy the studio, I thought about it and how I could combine the thing I love with the thing I think I'm pretty good at."
She said the yoga studio will be moving to a new, bigger location in Quarry Village 3156 Quarry Rd., Unit 3K in January. Prices will be raised, but Garland wants to keep it affordable for those who have been attending Tadasana for years and those who want to take up yoga at the studio next year.
Those who buy a 5-class pass or unlimited class pass before the end of this year will receive the price for the year of 2013 for all of 2014. Garland said she strongly encourages those who have never tried yoga before to start at Tadasana.
"People that are new to it think it's just stretching, but it's so much more than that," Garland said. "Come and experience a new way to improve your physical body as well as challenge yourself mentally."
The stretching part of yoga, she said, benefits everybody who bikes, hikes or skis, because performing those activities without stretching can be harmful. She said yoga also helps clients mentally control their body and breath and carry that concentration and strength into their everyday lives.
There are different types of yoga offered at Tadasana: Vinyasa, which Garland said tends to be more aerobic, and hot yoga, inspired by Bikram yoga.
"I'm such a believer in yoga, and I wish everyone would at least give it a try, maybe three classes before they write it off," Garland said. "They can carry what they learn with them, because I always say, 'The way you behave on the mat is the way you behave off the mat.'"
Tadasana will hold a Typhoon Haiyan Relief class on Friday, Dec. 6, which people can attend for a $10 donation. Garland said the studio will match everyone's donations up to $500 so they can donate $1,000 to the Red Cross.
For more information, visit Tadasana's website at www.hotyogaparkcity.com or contact owner Melissa Garland at 435-649-7260.
Tadasana Yoga Studio