continued In 2004, Mary started holding reiki sessions in her basement and eventually began to teach others how to perform reiki. Like Tony, her students and clients only continued to grow, and as time went on, she knew it was time to invest in a full time space to teach and practice reiki.
And after 10 years of looking, the Riposos finally settled on a space suited to fit the needs of their clients and students. Among other things, the 11,000 square foot wellness center boasts three large rooms for teaching and practicing yoga. Tony said it’s hard to put the yoga experience into words, but what sets his yoga classes apart from others is the focus on the classical essences of yoga instead of the fitness aspects.
“Most yoga classes are about the fitness, and we’re about understanding that what happens in your body is a result of how you interpret the world around you,” he said. “When you go to some yoga classes, they try to make everybody look the same- we don’t do that. We try to help you find what works for you based on orientation, proportion and how your body is shaped. Our classes are slower, not as goal-oriented, but they’re more of an inner journey.”
He said the classes are a blend of everyone from seniors as old as 100 to children as young as six and stresses that anybody can do yoga. He’s had students who were pregnant, who were on chemotherapy, who had titanium knees and arthritis who all were able to participate in and enjoy yoga. The center even offers a chair yoga class, which eliminates the need to get up and down and is directed at seniors.
Additionally, the Riposos are offering reiki and massage sessions, but they plan to bring on a pilates teacher and a tai chi instructor in June. They’ll also be adding a class unique to their center, called “yoga tone,” which is essentially yoga with hand weights. Mary said that while it may seem like a spa-like experience, there’s a big difference between what they do at the wellness center and what goes on at a salon or spa.