Randi Luzwick has opened the Wise Folk Yoga Studio in the Mickey & Co. building in downtown King.
Neill Caldwell | The Stokes News
KING – Yoga in the King? Randi Luzwick decided to take the chance when she recently opened her downtown Wise Folk Yoga business.
The studio is located in Mickey & Co. on South Main Street between the hair salon and boutique, as well as the new cafe / taproom, which officially opened on Monday.
But why is it called Wise Folk?
“Well, ‘Folk’ felt like royalty,” says Luzwick. “I liked the idea of community, of cultural history. And I think the more we do yoga, even beyond posture, the more wisdom one can gain. “
Luzwick moved to Winston-Salem when she was in middle school and then moved to King because her husband is Jesse von King. She was a journalist at Appalachian State, where she was the sports editor for the student newspaper The Appalachian. She is now the mother of three daughters.
“I took a few yoga classes (in college) and really enjoyed it,” she said. “I started going to the Y to take classes for a ‘time with my mom’ and I just fell in love with her. I’ve seen a deeper meaning. “
She explains: “Yoga is a lifelong practice. You are never a “pro” at yoga. You strive to be a better person. Generally, the posture part is to help us focus on the breath and from there you go into the things you learn by meditating and exploring yourself.
“Yoga has helped me find out who I want to be. Not who I was told or who I am supposed to be. It helped me discover my own identity I think … but a better version. “
She says that she has also benefited physically from yoga.
“I feel healthier than I have in a long time. And that after three children. I feel very comfortable in my body. For a long time I felt that the whole concept of “self-love” – just sitting with yourself – was kind of selfish, and not where to focus my attention on it. But that helped teach me that self-love is essential. I’m a janitor, but there’s only so much you can give before you run out of fuel and get angry. It helps me appreciate and love myself so that I can love others better. And it gave me a better spiritual outlook. Maybe I feel closer to Creator and humanity in general as we are connected. I just feel better in general. It’s so good for everyone. … It’s so nice to still be with you. it is so important. “
Luzwick decided to become a certified teacher, which requires 200 hours of classes. She submitted this work to the Wildlight Wellness Collective in Winston-Salem.
Bringing the business to this place was a fluke. “My husband spoke to (builder) Wayne Mickey, who said he was creating a space for yoga classes, and Jesse told Wayne I would get my certification.”
While Wise Folk has only recently opened, Luzwick has been surprised by the constant group that comes in at 7am on Mondays
“You seem really dedicated. As long as I do it, you are here. “
“I didn’t know what the yoga scene was like in King. It’s pretty popular in Winston. That got me upset because I thought I could help bring it here. But COVID has been difficult, so I’m exploring other alternatives like offering virtual courses, live online sessions for people who are not comfortable coming into the room and being with people. I’m still experimenting, and Wayne was very generous with me. I think he’s really hopeful that even if people are still scared at this point, they are just so willing to get out and go back to some degree of normalcy. He hopes this will help. Maybe people don’t know it’s here. “
One unusual session recently was with the West Stokes High School swim team.
“My sister-in-law Justine Luzwick is the assistant swim coach and she suggested it. She thought it might be a good stretching routine. It was a really cool experience. And definitely most of the (participants) I’ve taught at one time. I think we had 17. ”
Luzwick added that she “still measures whether people are uncomfortable when they walk into the studio, and I’m not sure which times work best for people. I had a class Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7pm and I had a couple of people coming but it just wasn’t successful. “
Still, she believes her idea has potential. “And I’m happy about that.”
To learn more, visit the website at www.wisefolkyoga.com.