Yoga with a Twist

Lee’s Summit Studios Offer Unique Perspectives in Practice

Good Life Yoga and Tea

Kristi Sealer opened Good Life Yoga and Tea in downtown Lee’s Summit in April 2016 as a marriage of her two interests that contribute to health and wellness of mind and body. Studio classes at Good Life are pure yoga, a relaxing flow of breath, movement and meditation. The studio also offers tea classes that instruct students on loose leaf tea preparation, explore its health benefits and offer a tasting of some of the store’s nearly 40 fair-trade or organic teas.

“A lot of people just think of black tea, and that’s all they know,” Sealer says. “We take that mystery out of it and demonstrate the tools that make it easy to prepare.”

Sealer always has a pot of hot tea brewed for yoga students to enjoy together after classes, and some students have brought cups to leave at the studio. During studio hours, downtown passerby can also stop in to purchase a cup.

“We really wanted to create a sense of community where people can come in and enjoy a cup of tea and feel good when they leave,” Sealer says. “Being in downtown Lee’s Summit really helps with that. It was a good fit.”

For class offerings see http://goodlifeyogaandtea.com/

Haven Yoga

In 2011, Destiny Hurst, an ACE Pro Certified Personal Trainer and owner of Strive Fitness LLC, began incorporating elements of her faith into a dynamic and uplifting fitness group she leads at her church. When she discovered there was a non-profit organization that shared her faith and her mission in teaching, she completed 225 hours of training to become a Holy Yoga instructor.

Hurst completed her certification and opened Haven Yoga at the NewFit studio space in Chipman Commons in April 2016. Her mission and that of Holy Yoga is to offer an experiential worship experience to deepen people’s connection to God through the Word, worship and wellness.

“I found that while practicing yoga this modality allowed me to experience the presence of Jesus, and it became a whole-body experience and a connection to Christ by meditation, breath and posture,” Hurst says.

Her classes encourage students to mindfully link meditation and positioning on their mat to help improve daily living outside class — whether this is through improved core strength, posture awareness, stress and anxiety reduction or better sleep.

“Releasing tension in our physical bodies can be freeing to body, mind and soul,” Hurst says.

In addition to Haven Yoga weekly class offerings, Hurst is available for accountability groups, personal training and women’s retreats.

For class offerings see www.strivefitness.org