Yogis make friends, ease stress
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In a dimly lit room in the back of a shop at the center of town, soothing scents of lavender and chamomile wafted through the air as friendly voices welcomed new and old friends to a weekly ritual.
Dressed in black, quarter-length yoga pants and an aqua blue tank top, a barefoot Christine Yeagley smiled generously at each person who walked through the door at Curious Goods, 1105 NW Ferris. A nurse practitioner by day and yoga teacher by night, Yeagley leads community yoga classes for an hour every Tuesday evening in a back room at the shop.
Curious Goods, owned by Mary Ellen Colfer for nearly 28 years, sells everything from incense to tarot cards. But this night was not about mysticism or shopping — it was about connecting.
“The class is meant to build community and help people make friends,” said Yeagley, who has taught yoga since 2010.
For Colfer, making the classes accessible has been key since she started offering them five years ago. Each session is only $5 — a steal for a class led by a certified instructor — and there is no membership or registration required.