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Kaia Yoga Complete Wellness Centers expand to Westport

By Kaia Yoga Complete Wellness Centers

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Kaia Yoga Complete Wellness Centers, the largest yoga and wellness centers in Connecticut opened their newest studio at 1200 Post Rd. East on June 5, 2010.

The 10,000 sq. ft., 2-level location offers an unprecedented level of community involvement and supports the life-changing principles of yoga across every stage of life. The center includes calming water features, artworks from local artists, an all-organic juice bar and café, full-service changing rooms with shower facilities, an on-site chiropractor, midwife, and licensed family psychotherapist, massage therapy, and supervised children’s playroom.

Co-owners Stan Woodman and Gina Norman understand that living a happy and healthy life is derived from finding balance. Yoga, bodywork and proper nutrition restore a natural sense of ease, elation and balance. “Once you begin to practice yoga and become more aware of your body, everything else starts to fall into place,” says Gina.

All three Kaia Yoga locations specialize in a variety of yoga styles, with a focus on developing awareness of self. Offerings include a traditional Ashtanga Yoga program, and the Westport center boasts the only Iyengar rope wall in Fairfield County. Kaia Yoga also offers flowing Vinyasa classes that challenge endurance and breath, as well as slower-paced and gentle classes for stress-reduction. Additional classes include Prenatal Yoga, Mommy and Me, Toddler, Kids, Tween, Teen and Family yoga. The center also offers a series of sport-specific workshops to improve athletic performance, as well as a donation-based Karma Yoga program that benefit area charities.

“If you’ve taken a class before and didn’t enjoy it, chances are you’re not doing the right kind of yoga for you. Keep going until you find a teacher and style you like -- yoga really is for everyone,” explains Gina.

Because bodywork is a wonderful complement to the yoga practice, Kaia Yoga Centers also offers a wide variety of therapeutic modalities, such as massage and reflexology, to help create balance, deepen awareness of your body and relieve the daily stresses of a high paced life.

Stan Woodman and Gina Norman took ownership of Greenwich Yoga in 2006. As with the expansion and renovation of that space, they continue to strive to be an example of how to work in harmony with the environment with the construction of the Westport center. The construction uses eco-friendly materials— including bamboo floors, no-voc wall paint, shelving constructed from plant stalks, and newspaper wall insulation. In the juice bar, countertops are made of recycled materials, the cups, lids, and straws are made from corn, and the spoons from potatoes. The Kaia Yoga café employs only organic products and sources products from local farms. The waste generated is also composted back into these farms, supporting the next cycle of growth.

For more information visit www.KaiaYoga.com

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