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Om Sweet Om
Lewiston — Otherwise known as The Kelly House, Tiffany Shop, Joette's and the apothecary, 400 Plain Street is chanting a new mantra. Once again opening her doors to the local community, Udumbara Yoga is infusing these elements of wellness and classic style into the resonant energy inherent within this timeless, historic home.
A rare glimpse of this transformation will be available to the public on Saturday, August 15th. From 2pm to 5pm, Udumbara is inviting the community to explore the yoga hall, veranda and garden for a grand opening celebration and ribbon untying ceremony (3pm).
Christening the space with a traditional invocation, the first Om reverberated from the walls at a sunrise ceremony on June 21st as fifteen yogis reached, stretched and linked movement with breath through 27 rounds of Sun Salutations. Paying homage with one of Yoga's oldest and most revered rituals, Udumbara's Summer Solstice event planted the seeds for this latest incarnation.
Christine Fowle, Udumbara's principal teacher, is the first to say, "Yoga is a far more interesting mental game than it is physical. Its popularization in the West simply places far more emphasis on the asanas (postures)." With focused awareness on movement, breath, meditation and philosophy, Udumbara's sessions are designed to move individuals into a deeper sense of self. What this means isn't meant to be defined in words. "This is why we practice," she says.
To emphasize this conviction Udumbara is the first Yoga studio in Western New York to offer daily classes on a donation basis. While this is not meant to imply free, there are (currently) no imposed minimums. "I have faith that the students will support one another," says Christine. "Moving towards greater clarity, compassion and peace is good for us both individually and as a community. You can't put a price on this."
Designed to encourage students to develop a sustainable personal practice, in this way, Yoga is being made accessible to all who are interested, regardless of financial limitations — but only through the generosity of others. "Every donation represents an act of kindness and all members of the community are uplifted as we evolve and grow."
If moving through the asanas under a chandelier seems a bit decadent, we're reminded that the practice isn't about location or destination; it's about the journey. "The lifestyle changes involved with self-transformation can be difficult. Udumbara is here to hold space for those making these choices."
About Christine Fowle
Trained in both Kundalini and Hatha Yoga, Christine's style draws from the philosophies of Buddhism and Raja Yoga. With an emphasis on awareness, sessions are designed to leave students feeling awakened, energized and alive — a deepening focus of energy and breathas we transition through the postures.
About Udumbara Yoga
Udumbara Yoga is located at 400 Plain Street in the Village of Lewiston. For additional information and a Calendar of classes visit www.UdumbaraYoga.com.
Ten percent of all proceeds are donated to organizations that support education and women's skills training for Tibetans in exile, as well as the cultural preservation of Tibet.
To learn more about Udumbara Yoga please contact
400 Plain Street
Lewiston, NY 14092