Avon resident opens new yoga center in Riverdale Farms plaza
By: Glenn Shafer, Staff Writer

Are you looking for a change in your life? Yoga may be the answer.

Avon resident Julie Miller has opened a yoga studio, the Kula Yoga Center, in the Riverdale Farms Shopping Center at 136 Simsbury Road (Route 10). She is located in building #4 behind Toshi Japanese Restaurant.

Kula is a Sanskrit word which means "loving community." Miller is trained in the Anusara style of yoga and has six different instructors teaching other styles as well including Kripalu, Integrative Yoga Therapy, Iyengar, Dynamic Flow, and Gentil/Restorative. Classes are available for all levels throughout the week. Yoga classes are even available for kids to teach balance, concentration and to have some fun.

"Yoga can help with keeping focused, clear thinking and body awareness," said Miller. "It is not competitive. It is about building self-esteem and living in a nice way."
The 1,600-square-foot studio is a bright room with a vaulted ceiling and a view of Talcott Mountain. Miller loves her large studio space and the warm atmosphere that exists.
She credits her interest in yoga to an instructor named Wendy Dion, who served as her mentor. Miller pursued a certification from the Anahata Yoga Center in Northampton under the guidance of Deb Neubauer. After 200 hours of training, Miller is certified in Hatha Yoga in the Anusara style.
Married with two children, Miller extols the virtues of yoga, a 5,000-year-old Indian tradition.

"Some people feel a longing for more," she said. "Some want the body of a yoga instructor. Some are trying to fix a problem or are looking to fill something that is missing. They find a deeper meaning in yoga. It is also great for flexibility and strength and can be very active."

It was not long ago that Miller exercised vigorously on treadmills, elipticals and did sit-ups daily in the pursuit of good health. Yoga has helped her lose 30 pounds, tone and lengthen muscles.

"Yoga touches your soul," she said. "I went to yoga very reluctantly after using a personal trainer. People feel good about their body after yoga."

To view a full schedule of classes, visit www.kulayogacenter.com or call Miller at 676-8800. There are currently 20 classes per week beginning to fill up.

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