A Little Yoga in the Village

Yoga Village in Arroyo GrandeOver the years I have become a huge fan of Pilates. I like Yoga, but I really love what Pilates challenges me to do and how it effects my body. That being said, it seems that there is a large range in the quality of the instruction offered all around the Central Coast. From gym offerings to serious Reformer classes. What is most accessible to everyone is a good solid Pilates mat class. That being said, one of the best examples of this can be found at least three times a week at Yoga Village in the Village of Arroyo Grande.

Owner Connie Murphy has created an amazing studio at the rear of Village Center at the mouth of the Village. It is light, bright, eco-friendly and truly a calming space. I have taken yoga from Connie and some of her wonderful instructors. She seems to attract truly gifted and positive folks and they are excellent in all that they do. I have to say that I am particularly fond, however, of Connie’s personal Pilates classes.

She is always searching for a new challenging “tool” to add to our practice. No two classes are the same — never dull or repetitive. What’s more is that over the past six months I have learned how to do something that I’ve never before mastered — the art of quieting the mind enough to stand in tree pose on a balance board for over a minute. I truly applaud her ability to instruct with patience, a sense of humor and always inspiration.

Yoga Village
Phone (805) 474-9884
132 West Branch Street
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
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In addition I have taken their occasional “Relaxation Bliss” which is truly heaven in a session that includes restorative poses with healing massage, Reiki (energy healing), aromatherapy, Thai bodywork, hot stone therapy and guided meditation. The Vinyasa Flow class is also a great way to take your practice up a notch to the next level.

The studio is beautiful, the Om Shanti boutique offers unique and beautiful clothing that allow for freedom of movement and fun expression!

So stop in, take one class or take advantage of their wonderful passes that save on per class cost. I am sure you will soon find there are several favorites that bring you back to Yoga (or Pilates) in the Village!

Ashlea Boyer

Ashlea Boyer: Is a native of Pismo Beach, having moved here from South Lake Tahoe when she was just four years old. An Alumni of Arroyo Grande High School, she then attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating with a degree in English Literature. After college, she spent 5 successful years working her way up to Management Editor of a national fitness magazine in Southern California, working for two of the three largest West Coast publishing houses. Ashlea return to the Central Coast for her wedding and stayed raise her family. She joined the family business in 2004 and began leading the Pismo Beach Homes Team with her Mother, Kathi Foster in real estate. Ashlea has been a leading real estate agent in the Pismo Beach area for 10 years, and has developed a strong client following in the area based on her dedication to our community and outstanding customer service. Our team, The Pismo Beach Homes Team, has been awarded the Quadruple Gold level awards consistently over the past 5 years with Keller Williams Realty. She has been named more than once as the "Agent of the Quarter". In 2011, Ashlea was presented with the "Top 20 Under 40" award by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation for my professional excellence and profound commitment to the community. Ashlea lives in Arroyo Grande, California with her husband and son and she enjoy running on the beach, volunteering, pilates, snowboarding and the occasional scuba diving. She's active in many industry, community service and non-profit organizations and serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach, the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, and other community non-profit organizations. 

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