New yoga studio opens near Grand Lake
January 25, 2010
When Lisa Turan first moved to the Grand Lake area from Denver, she immediately noticed that something she’d grown to love was hardly available.
Since the turn of the last decade, Turan had grown accustomed to attending nearby yoga classes on a regular basis – at times that fit her schedule – but when she relocated to the mountains, the nearest studio was 40 minutes away in Winter Park.
After much planning, she decided to attend school to become an instructor and open her own studio.
“I thought if I was missing it, then I couldn’t have been the only person on this side of Grand County that was missing it,” she said. “Even for people who haven’t tried it before, I wanted to at least be able to give them the opportunity to try it.”
Upon completion of six months of intense instructor certification at CorePower in Denver, and with the help of husband Scott Turan, Lisa Turan renovated and opened her new studio in the main building of their Highway 34 business, Grand Lake Electric, on Dec. 28.
Already, the studio has built a client base that has exceeded her expectations.
Turan offers classes Mondays through Saturdays, with weekday one-hour classes available at three different times during the day to fit with clients’ varied schedules.
“How often during the day in your life do you only have to focus on you?” she asked. “No husbands (wives), no kids, no dogs, no chores, no job. It’s just you for an entire hour. And when you start taking care of yourself, even it’s just for one hour in the day, it follows you outside of the studio. You’re more conscious of your life.”
Providing “drop-in” opportunities was important to her, she said. “I just think that is something we haven’t been able to have up here just because we’re a small community.”
For those who might squeeze in an hour of yoga before another appointment, Turan provides a shower/dressing room, all designed to help facilitate people and their schedules.
“I don’t want it to be stressful,” she said. “I want it to be a calming and relaxing experience.”
The new yoga studio is complete with bamboo flooring, mirrors and a temperature system that can facilitate yoga practice at 82 to 85 degrees for level 1 classes and 93 to 98 for level 2 classes.
Practicing in a warm and humid environment not only burns more fat, but makes muscles more elastic for more fluid movement, making individuals less susceptible to injury, Turan said.
Turan practices Hatha in a style that is a physical (vinyasa) flowing yoga, which unifies body and mind by emphasizing intentional movements and intentional breath.
Yoga, she said, can be practiced by anyone of any age, and all poses can be modified and tailored to one’s ability.
“I think it’s kind of important to have a place where people can learn to just accept themselves exactly as they are,” Turan said. “In this society, everybody is so hard on themselves, critical of everybody else, critical of themselves. And so I think [yoga] is a good practice to get into because it does teach compassion.
“It makes people feel good, and that makes me feel good.”