BUSINESS

Balance opens in downtown Greencastle with yoga and wellness classes

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Tricia Daugherty-Murray and daughters Grace, 7, and Rachel, 4, strike yoga poses. Balance Yoga and Wellness Studio offers classes for everyone.

Balance Yoga and Wellness Studio opened its doors on Jan. 2, and business has been good for owner Tricia Daugherty-Murray. She offers yoga classes from beginner to advanced levels, including sessions for families. Masala Bhangra, Indian for "spicy dance", is a dance fitness class. Jazz Fusion covers dance technique, yoga and Pilates.

"We have a different style class for everyone," said Murray.

An official ribbon cutting for the business was held Friday morning.

The enterprise came to fruition after she made a career change several years ago. She worked in the wellness field at a retirement home, and was introduced to yoga during her second pregnancy. Murray decided she could teach the discipline. She obtained Registered Yoga Teacher certification and made the circuit holding classes. When the travel took its toll on her young family, she decided to open her own business.

"It happened pretty quick," Murray said. She and her husband Chad figured out a plan, and found rental space on the lower level of 11 N. Carlisle St. With the help of friends, they renovated the former office site. Balance features a studio, waiting area, massage room and changing room. It is open Mondays through Thursdays, and Saturdays.

"We want to be different from a gym," Murray said. "We would like a family feel, caring and involved in the Greencastle community."

She already hosted a Souper Bowl Sunday to collect food pantry donations. The Family Yoga class welcomes parents and children ages 3 to 9, and offers games and introductory moves in a thoughtful way.

"It's been very popular so far."

Classes are also taught by RYT-certified Emily Phillips-Geeza and Emily Spencer.

Dance classes are taught by Jaye Gelwicks and Denise Dalton. People may sign up per month or session, or drop in. Massage and Reiki are also available by appointment.

The studio phone number is 717-643-0390.