WRITTEN BY Perri Digby
Sun Peaks will soon be getting its own yoga studio. Opening on Dec. 20, Sun Peaks Yoga is the long awaited product of owner Kayla Alfred’s hard work and dedication.
Alfred has had an attachment to Sun Peaks for a long time, constantly returning whenever she could. When the decision was made to return permanently Alfred looked at what the community could use, and what she enjoyed— and combined the two to create Sun Peaks Yoga.
The studio will offer a range of classes for all skill levels, and will include specialty classes such as glow in the dark yoga, prenatal and kids’ classes and a special teen class that will run on Friday nights and will aim to be a fun and inclusive experience.
It will also offer both an alternative and complementary experience to skiing and snowboarding, with classes available throughout the day and evening. Classes will work on skills that enhance the snow sports experience but also offer a safe form of exercise for those who are not able to hit the mountain.
There will be a weekly ‘intro to yoga’ class, which will be a great way for people to try the studio, and will be offered by donation with proceeds going to a local charity.
Community is a huge part of Alfred’s aim for Sun Peaks Yoga, and has played a big role in the way she has planned her classes.
“I’m happy to have a community space…To have somewhere to go where you feel welcomed and safe, and like you are part of a family,” said Alfred.
With the studio set to open soon, Alfred has been working hard behind the scenes. She is already excited about the feedback she has received, and the teachers she is looking to involve in the studio.
While Alfred grew up with her father owning and operating his own business, it took perfect timing and a lot of practise teaching to open her own. The actual process has been a learning experience, she said.
“You learn all of this stuff on paper and then theoretically you follow the business plan but then immediately I was like I need this and this.”
On top of yoga, Alfred is also planning weekly workshops, which will cover a range of health centred topics and utilize experts from Sun Peaks and the surrounding area.
Alfred is also writing blog posts about her studio and experience, available on her website.
“It’s surprises but they are happy surprises. I am hoping my experience will help someone learn in the future.”
Find out more information at sunpeaksyoga.ca or by visiting Sun Peaks Yoga