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Maya Kowalcyk, a certified instructor through Yoga Alliance, has been practicing yoga since 1997 and has been teaching in Jim Thorpe and the Lehigh Valley since 2008. She is also certified in Child Play Yoga. Her previous career as an 11th grade English teacher, woven with her passion for yoga, has inspired her to open her own yoga studio on Center St. Jim Thorpe Yoga offers meditation, yoga classes for kids and adults, private and semi-private yoga, belly dance, workshops, and getaways for groups of all sizes.

Jim Thorpe Yoga Maya Kowalcyk (570)527-5453 maya@jimthorpeyoga.com

 
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Maya leads outdoor yoga class at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

On September 29, Jim Thorpe Yoga celebrated its opening with free yoga and meditation classes for people of all ages. The studio, located at 434 Center Street, offers yoga and other classes for all ages and abilities, as well as a variety of workshops and programs.

"Yoga has been an important part of my life since 1997," said owner and instructor Maya Kowalcyk. "My passion for the art has grown to the extent that I wanted to share its many physical and mental benefits with the local community. I am excited about the opportunity to teach people of all physical capabilities ways to lessen the pain and stress in their everyday lives."

The fall class schedule is posted online at Jim Thorpe Yoga, and includes kids' yoga classes, gentle yoga, advanced yoga, yoga for runners, meditation, and even belly dance classes. Drop-ins are always welcome. Classes run for either an hour and a half or one hour. "Class pass" packages are, available and students can sign up either online or at the studio.

As a modern dance student at the University of the Arts in 1997, Maya was introduced to yoga in a Yoga & Pilates class which was part of the dance curriculum, and she was in awe of the balance of strength and flexibility she saw in the yoga instructor. After attending yoga classes on and off, Maya began to experience knee pain when she also began running long distances. She found that, through yoga, she was once again pain-free, and her running improved with the increased strength and flexibility that yoga brought to her.

In 2008, Maya decided to deepen her yoga practice with a 200-hour teacher training course at The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, which was taught by Jessie Thompson and Silver Kim. This program introduced her to the immense depth of yoga knowledge. She began to see yoga not simply as exercise, but as a way of life physically, mentally, and spiritually.

 

Maya began teaching yoga at the Flow Restaurant in Jim Thorpe. Students of all ages and abilities began to flock to her classes, and soon she was teaching three to four yoga classes a week, besides teaching high school English full-time.

Maya's dedication to yoga only increased with further training, including workshops with such renowned teachers as Patricia Walden, Joan White, Holly Walck, Kofie Busia, and Sean Corn. In 2012, after losing her mother to a heart attack, she felt a strong desire to live her life more fully—to do something she really felt passionate about. As a result, she opened Jim Thorpe Yoga with a mission to help others heal and grow through the practice and study of yoga.

Maya Kowalcyk and Kara Scott

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