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Business blends tea with yoga
In the summer, it’s easy to find ways to get a workout in; biking, hiking or anything outdoors is available.
For those who aren’t self-described “gym rats,” and don’t like treadmills, there’s a new option to shed pounds this December. It’s called Hatha yoga.
A new studio has opened in downtown Oak Harbor that combines the healthy benefits of tea and activity-based yoga exercise.
The Lotus Tea Bar and Studio is owned by Maria McGee and Laifong Ng, in the former Electric Beach Tanning building.
The space, now completely refurbished, reflects a calming environment. A sign reads “Shh...” as you enter a soft-blue painted studio. Bamboo curtains keep the place dim.
“The idea is to make you relaxed and it’s a supportive atmosphere. You let go of competition and judgement; you’re there for you,” Ng said.
McGee is a full-time regular and beginner yoga instructor at Skagit Valley College and Ng is her substitute.
Ng is also a tea connoisseur, and has researched ways that tea can do the body good, such as enhancing the immune system.
“Being Chinese, tea was a part of our family meals,” Ng said. “I’m really good at blending.”
She knows, for instance, that peppermint tea can help clear acne and a certain South African tea relieves a hangover.
The tea bar will serve healthy and unique sandwiches which are named after yoga poses.
‘Lotus’ will offer classes five times a week, Tuesday through Saturday for adults and teens. Hatha yoga is described as a workout mixed with stretching, and less emphasis on meditation.
Classes are offered for all ages and abilities. They include one-on-one yoga, 55 and older, prenatal yoga, yoga for beginners and big body yoga.
The studio will have a formal grand opening this Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 710 SE Fidalgo Road, and a casual opening from 12 to 3 p.m. They will serve red and white wine, sandwiches and appetizers.
For more information call 360-672-1781.