The business has been a dream of owner Steve Glacy for some time and he is responsible for its name, a phonetic pronunciation for S and M which stands for “sweat and movement,” according to Abby Chan, who helped open the health center.
It has a mission. “We are working to make yoga accessible to everyone at every age and we are working to create a community around living a healthful life,” she said.
Its motto? Feel better. Look better. Be better.
“As soon as people walk through the door, they are greeted by a space where they can expect an amazing experience every time,” she said. “You enter through this veil as a break from the rest of their day.”
From there, students unroll their mats and prepare for class.
“They will get a fun workout led by an amazing instructor,” she said.
Jordan Pletzer is a student and part-time receptionist at the studio who says she loves taking classes there. “I think this is a wonderful place because it gives everyone a sense of community and an outlet for daily stresses.”
The new business officially opened on Friday, Nov. 1.
“Before that, we gave two weeks of free classes,” Chan said. “We kicked off with a Halloween Costume Yoga.”
Chan was a zebra with rainbow hair. Among the other costumes were Spiderman and a fellow dressed in all Lululemon clothing coming as a yoga girl.
“It was hilarious,” she said.
Chan co-manages the studio with Danielle Sazio. All the principal managers and instructors have practiced yoga all over the country. “We feel welcome and people are really excited that we are here.”
It took time to build out the space from the ground up, featuring everything as green as possible from building materials to the heaters that make hot yoga hot. Turning on the heat and humidifier works for cardio strength and endurance.
“It allows muscles to warm up so you can go deeper in all your poses,” she said.
“At the studio, there are full showers and everything you need to take a class and jet back to work.”
The studio also has a retail component, where a variety of top yoga brands and a line of its own merchandise are sold.
ESenEM Yoga is open seven days a week and the first class is free. Yoga packages begin at $16.
It is at the Aspen Place Shopping Center near Whole Foods and REI at 320 S. Regents Street, Suite 306. To learn more, call 928-440-6220 or visit at www.esenem.rocks. It also can be contacted through Facebook and Instagram. FBN
By Patty McCormac