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Dragonfly Yoga Studio Is Filling the Void One Yoga Pose at a Time

By Elisha Neubauer

Despite the immense craze buzzing around yoga over the last decade, for some reason it seemed to miss the area around Doylestown, Penn. When Alexis Ridge-Simek and Joe Simek, Owners of Dragonfly Yoga Studio, first moved back to the town, they noticed this void almost immediately.

And he sought to fill it.

In 2005, the couple launched Dragonfly Yoga Studio as an attempt to bring the ancient practice of yoga to the community. Knowing the area wasn't already familiar with the practice, they wanted to run an open-door facility.

"We are dedicated to the idea that any person with any body type or of any age can benefit from yoga," he said. "We also strive to be inclusive." Simek strongly believes that you don't have to be wearing the trendiest yoga clothes or be able to get into pretzel shapes to be able to participate. At Dragonfly, everyone is welcome.

While Simek pushes for inclusion, he also follows the traditional formats of the practice. In today's day and age, yoga has begun to transition?shifting and adapting to fit the hottest trends in fitness. Dragonfly Yoga Studio follows the classical Hatha yoga program.

"In other words, we don't do hot yoga or aerial yoga or specialized things like that," Simek said. "We try to stay true to the 8 limbs of yoga as laid out the ancient texts." What this means is that each class follows a progression of yoga poses, breathing techniques, and meditation which eventually leads each student down their own path to self discovery.

In an effort to avoid some of the common pitfalls of typical, mainstream gym yoga, class sizes are always smaller than a typical session in a large gym. The studio also offers movement and exercise as well as therapeutic yoga, as well as yogic philosophy.

"You won't feel like just a number in the back of a huge room at Dragonfly," Simek said. "We're all about fostering a sense of wellness and community and we think the vibe at our studio speaks to that."

For those who find a true love and passion for the practice of yoga, Dragonfly Yoga Studio offers a unique opportunity that you won't find in a regular gym: yoga vacations.The first is a family-friendly vacation at Aulani?a Disney resort and spa. The other is more adult based, located at the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui.

"We have two incredible Hawaiian Yoga Vacations coming up in August, and we're super excited about them." Simek said. "These are not yoga retreats in the traditional sense?they are vacations. It's all about practicing yoga, feeling great, and leaving time for fun and adventure."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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