A new year means a new yoga studio for Oakhurst.
On Jan. 1, the doors to Yosemite Yoga Studio will open and classes will begin. The studio will be located at 40034 Highway 41, Unit A-7, right under the Taste of China restaurant.
“As a local yogini, I was in awe of the demand (for) yoga classes and people to teach them! We are in an area that is so beautiful and plentiful of amazing scenery, it inspired me to bring yoga to the mountains,” wrote Yosemite Yoga Studio’s owner Madison Kollenborn on the studio’s website.
The owner said she has helped others bring yoga to small communities and now would like to do the same for her home community, which “she loves so dearly.”
Kollenborn, 21, has lived in Coarsegold since 2008 but said she did not find her love for yoga until she left home for Grand Canyon University in 2015. She studied pre-med for about two years, which she eventually found out was not her calling.
“I was losing myself and losing what I wanted to do. It kind of took a lot of failures to help me realize, ‘I want to come home,’” she said.
Once home, she was still unsure of what was next. But all it took was one visit to a Whitney Alessandri-taught yoga class in Fresno and she was hooked.
“My first class that my friend in Fresno took me to really blew my mind,” she said. “Ever since then, I was like, ‘How can I be more a part of this?’”
Kollenborn stuck with Yoga, finding opportunities to teach in Fresno and Oakhurst. She enrolled in yoga school in February 2017 and graduated in June, with plans to return for another round.
She jokes that compared to yoga school, pre-med was a “piece of cake.”
As for the studio, she said the idea kind of just came to her, re one day after graduating yoga school she just told her parents, “Hey, I’m opening a yoga studio, just so you know.”
She hopes her yoga studio can give to the community just like the mountain community gave to her.
“This is where I grew up. This community has given me everything and so I really, really, really want to give back to it through yoga and give everybody an opportunity to take yoga,” Kollenborn said.
Sign up for classes opened Dec. 13 on the studio’s website. The studio will host only one class on its opening day, titled “New Year 108 Sun Salutations.”
After that, the studio will host three classes a day, with each one differing in its focus and difficulty. Each class is priced at $15 per person.
Customers can also purchase a membership to one type of class for a monthly fee of $115.
The studio will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Kollenborn’s studio is cruelty-free and waste conscious.