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Her yoga studio postures for success

The space "around back" at 212 Main St. used to be a dance studio that now provides a large, serene space in which people can practice yoga. Debbie Griffin photo.

New Main Street business owner Julie Keller of The Yoga Studio said Monday, "I wasn't planning on opening a studio or anything for the next five years."

The fitness expert said her next goal was to complete the intensive process to become certified in therapeutic yoga. Then opportunity knocked.

Keller says friend Lynne Altenberg taught dance in the studio space at 212 N. Main St., also offering yoga classes there.

As Altenberg told her about the dance studio closing, Keller thought how she didn't want her friend to stop teaching yoga.

She looked at the space and realized it already had many of the things a yoga studio would need: Clean lines, mirrored walls, lots of open floor space and a great location. It wouldn't need much, if any, modification.

"That's a huge savings right there," said Keller.

So, she had some long and earnest discussions with her husband that brought them to the decision that they should "go for it." Keller opened The Yoga Studio Aug. 15.

A lifelong area resident, Keller grew up in Diamond Bluff, went to school in Prescott and lives a few miles east of River Falls.

She's worked in the fitness industry for about 20 years, starting at the Red Wing, Minn., YMCA then also teaching at the former River Falls Fitness Club and the River Falls Y.

Keller also works as a personal trainer for the River City Ironworx fitness gym located in the North End Industrial Park and will continue doing that.

Keller and two other yoga teachers -- Altenberg and Susan Hurt -- offer a full complement of yoga classes to suit everyone from extreme novice to seasoned pro.

"We want people to experience yoga," she said.

Space, fitness,

work plan

Keller has leased the back portion of the building at 212 Main St. and that's where instructors hold the classes.

"A lot of the feedback I've been getting is that it's a calm atmosphere," she said.

The business owner will also get to use the front portion of the building until it's leased. Meanwhile, Keller offers in that front space, seven stations for TRX suspension training.

She explained that the exercises use leveraged body weight so that it is easy on joints and scalable for all levels -- from the star sports player to an elderly person maintaining flexibility.

For more on this story, please see the Sept. 29 print edition of the River Falls Journal.