Harmony House Yoga

logo-01-e1408052727588You will thank me for this timely post — hitting your inbox just prior to the Harmony House Yoga Annual Open House. The all-day event features free classes, merchandise discounts, studio tours and meet and greets with the instructors. What a great way to prove my opinion right — at no cost to you!

Anyone who has taken yoga — no matter what your level — knows that it is a challenge. In fact, if it isn’t challenging you then you’re not doing something right. So one of the most important features of a good yoga studio is the environment. Is it friendly and comfortable? Does it have a good design? Does it allow you enough space? Ventilation? Lighting?

When the odd log cabin-style building in the heart of Pismo Beach began its most recent transformation 7+ years ago we were curious as to what it would be this time — most recently it had been a teak and import furniture store that I quite honestly had never seen anyone go into or out of — curious. This time however it took the vision of owner and yoga guru Kelly Metcalf who saw a naturally perfect space for meditation and practice and so Harmony House Yoga was born!

Over the 15 years I have taken yoga on-and-off, I’ve had the opportunity to take classes in Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras and many California locations up and down the state – big cities and small. I’m happy to report that Harmony House has its own special place in my heart with a great design and fantastic instructors. I first started with Pilates classes but graduated to trying different formats — and different instructors. Love Kelly’s Hatha as well as several other instructors’ interpretations. Also love to challenge myself once in awhile with a Vinyasa session. And it is always nice to relax and be more thoughtful with my practice in HHY’s Candlelight Yin sessions.

Over the years HHY has grown — from a single room with a massage room to a great space with a reception area and boutique, a foyer for removing and storing shoes and other items and a large quite studio with tons of natural light, log walls and minimalist decor and paper lantern lighting. It is inviting and the classes are both challenging and instructional. It is easy to get to, relatively easy on parking and the menu is chock full of classes to fit most schedules.

The best part is the owner — Kelly Metcalf. She definitely sets the tone for the studio in her unflappably happy personality. She has been described as one of the happiest people on earth and I have to agree. Whether it’s been a week or a year since your last visit she greets you by name — and her sessions end with an endearing “I love you!” And who doesn’t need to be told they are loved? Stop by and get a dose of the HHY love. See you next week!

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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