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Nourishing Storm Studio And Cafe Is A Safe Haven

By S. Mathur

Somewhat paradoxically, the Nourishing Storm yoga studio in Hatboro PA is also a safe haven where people can find both yoga and nutrition. The Storm turned five in Oct., 2017.

"The Storm as we call it is a safe haven where students can find balance, flexibility, strength and peace- each preparing us for the storms of life." Kristin Ritter, Founder and Director of Wellness said.

The basic philosophy is simple, and built on awareness, nutrition and movement. Instructors see themselves as inspirational guides, and promote a culture that is accepting and loving.

"We believe 'anyone can yoga' and so we offer classes for all ages and abilities," Ritter said. "The teaching style comes from a tradition of vinyasa yoga, which is basically a flowing practice. We also offer very gentle, beginner and restorative classes as well as strength based flows."

Special events include workshops on different aspects of yoga connected with meditation, writing, grief and wellness. In the near future, yoga retreats and camping weekends are planned. The cafe opened two years ago and helps members to fulfill their wellness and nutrition goals. It partners with local farmers to offer fresh organic juices and smoothies, salads, and wraps.

There are also coffees and teas and the famous smoothies.

"Our smoothies are our top seller because of the wholesome ingredients we use and of course the love we put into making them," Ritter said. "A few smoothie favorites are Buddha Buzz with organic coffee, almond milk, protein, flax oil and espresso beans; Green PB Dream with spinach, peanut butter, banana, protein, chocolate, and almond milk; and our vegan favorite Raw Energy with sweet potato, kale, raisins, almond milk, plant protein, flax, banana."

Yoga classes are offered at different levels, but the studio is an especially welcoming environment for beginners. New students can take advantage of intro packages with unlimited classes for a month, a pass to the yoga begin workshop and a wellness consultation with a health coach.

"All of the instructors teach from the heart and offer students many options, modifications and adjustments to find their best practice," Ritter said. "Yoga is about listening to your body and creating connections and the NS team is here to help students have a great experience integrating the practice both on and off the mat."

The studio is also connected to the community through donations of time and resources to local charities. These include the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, a nonprofit conservancy, and several children's organizations.

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