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'Soulful destination' MOYO encourages holistic lifestyles with yoga, retreats and more

By Kelly Church

When Maureen Priest opened MOYO in 2004, she did so to help people learn how to take care of themselves in an environment that encourages guests to slow down and create a more full and vibrant life. The facility is multifunctional, offering yoga, retreats and even acting as an event venue.

"We are a soulful destination," Priest said. "It's been called a home away from home by many of our students. There are so many experiences you can have here at MOYO."

All of those experiences are centered around one idea: practicing a healthy and holistic lifestyle. Much of it is inspired by yoga and practices the same motivations. Yoga classes are offered at MOYO several times a day, every day of the week. Some are heated, some feature essential oils, and all welcome beginner and advanced yogis.

MOYO does offer private and semi-private sessions for those who prefer more individualized attention or don't like group yoga classes. According to Priest, all of MOYO's yoga instructors are taught to listen and respond to students individually, whether it's in a group class or not. She calls their approach pragmatic and thoughtful.

Last summer, MOYO hosted a summer solstice celebration called Fest 108 to provide "a container in which attendees can expand their conscious networks." The event used yoga, music and the power of community to deepen or begin a holistic practice. It is one of many events held at the MOYO property. Others include retreats, where groups can enjoy several days of yoga, meditation, therapeutics and Ayurveda.

"MOYO also offers our space for individuals that wish to run their own retreat or team building experience and they are welcome to utilize any of our MOYO services," Priest said. "You'll also find us taking students abroad and across the country. Our next retreat abroad is scheduled for Italy in April of 2018."

MOYO also offers traditional yoga and aerial yoga teacher training. Training classes take students through the philosophy and benefits of yoga, and how to instruct their students through posing and improvement. Part of the curriculum includes journaling, the history of yoga and business ethics.

"We are a community with a heart that cares about people," Priest said. "Our mission is to educate students on how to live well [and] we have so many opportunities to enjoy our beautiful, peaceful space."

Visit moyo-yoga.com for more information on classes, retreats, teacher training and other experiences at MOYO.

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