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Staying in the moment paying off for owner of Free Spirits Yoga in Sayville – GreaterSayville

As much as the pandemic brought hardship to her yoga business, Raquel Vamos still saw an opportunity.

“I just trusted the universe – hippie as it sounds,” said Vamos, who owns Free Spirits Yoga in Sayville, now located at 247 W. Main St. “I’ve decided to focus on my yoga practice.” Every day. So I did six hours of yoga every day. ”

Vamos, 33, stated that once the state allowed yoga studios to reopen, people would really need yoga.

“I’ve really focused on the craft that I make. When people come back I have all the tools to help them get out of their fear,” she said. “I thought, ‘I won’t let that defeat me.’ I’ll only use it as an opportunity to practice, and then I’ll have so much to give. ”

When the state announced in August that gyms, fitness centers, and yoga studios were about to reopen, Vamos opened the Sayville store in a new roadside studio on the west end of Main Street between the popular bunger surf shop and The Shabby Tabby Cat Café .

She also opened a second yoga studio, Free Spirit Warrior Yoga, on Miller Place. Vamos and her two partners Carlyn Burczyk and Chris Cardinale now own the Miller Place Studio together with Dawn Stidd, who previously called the Peaceful Warrior.

“I think people were surprised at how relaxed I was. The people around me were nervous. But when I went to class it was like second nature, ”Vamos said. “Because I was like that at the moment. I am not consumed with this fear like everyone else. I think being in the present moment helps others be in the present – like laughing again. ”

Vamos, a former pediatric nurse, has been teaching yoga for 12 years. About eight years ago, Vamos and co-inventor Dov Vargas introduced the world to the Dharma Yoga Wheel, a plastic mechanism that follows the contour of the spine and helps flex the back. Celebrities and numerous NFL players have used social media to praise the product.

After traveling the world promoting the Dharma Wheel, Vamos opened Burczyk Free Spirits Yoga in a studio on the second floor on South Main Street in 2019. They had closed their shop there and wanted to open the doors at their new location on April 1st.

But the pandemic and the state had different ideas. Now, about five months after the store reopened, Vamos said the store is about a third of what it was before COVID-19.

“A lot of people are still scared,” she said. “We don’t knock on people’s doors, we just create the space, and whoever comes, they come with their own free will.”

But the new location in Sayville is paying off.

“They are always pedestrian. And it’s a lot easier now to tell people where I am, ”said Vamos. “When it was up, people didn’t even know we existed. We got one walk-in a month and now we’re getting about 10 walk-ins a week. We are more visible to the public. ”

More about Free Spirits Yoga in Sayville

  • Classes take place every weekday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • There are hot and hatha yoga classes, as well as special weekly meditation sessions.
  • Online streaming is available.
  • Massage therapy, acupuncture, Reiki, and energy healing services are also available by appointment.
  • There is a really cool spa gift shop and a relaxed lounge.

More about Free Spirit Warrior in Miller Place

  • Classes take place every weekday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • There are hot and hatha yoga courses as well as aerial yoga and meditation sessions with singing bowls.
  • Online streaming is available.
  • The finishing touches are put in healing rooms that offer massages, acupuncture, facials, and other types of pampering the body and mind.

Raquel and the Dharma Yoga Wheel

A look at Free Spirits Yoga

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