To say Mary Murphy brings a world of yoga experience to Downtown Fenton’s new Om Yoga Studio isn’t an exaggeration. Prior to settling in Fenton six years ago to be near her family and opening Om Yoga in September, the new studio owner and mother of two lived and practiced yoga in such places as Germany, South Korea, California and more.
“It was really just wanderlust,” Murphy says of her many travels. “I’ve always loved to travel, and when I go places I don’t want to just stay in a hotel. I want to live there and see the world through the lens of the new place.”
Murphy’s first “place,” however, was Michigan. The daughter of a General Motors family, she moved frequently, attending nine different schools in 12 years including a high school in Brazil. And yet her first brush with yoga happened not too far from where she practices today.
“I came across yoga in a class at the University of Michigan on Westernized and non-Westernized medicine,” she says. “The professor turned me on to yoga, acupuncture and Ayurveda, a traditional Indian form of medicine.”
Though her yoga training may sound a bit intimidating, Murphy says that the atmosphere in the new Om Yoga on South Leroy is anything but, with a diverse group of students – from a 90-year-old to teenage twins.
“We have married couples who come together, people who are big into cardio, rock climbers golfers, people who come for therapeutic reasons,” says Murphy, “and then there are the party people. They’re just here to have a good time.”
Many of those customers have carried over from Dibbleville Yoga, the studio that preceded Om in its current location. As Becky Titmus, the owner of Dibbleville Yoga, decided to spend more time traveling, it just so happened that Murphy, who was one of her instructors, had the desire to invest more time in the studio.
In addition to offering a variety of new classes, including Kundalini yoga and deaf-friendly yoga, Murphy has added a massage studio tothe location, and is now in the process of building a children’s studio for kids’ yoga and a play place for parents to leave their children for care during classes.
“My mantra is that yoga is for everyone,” says Murphy. “Some of the benefits that are easy to realize are strength, balance, weight loss, peace of mind and general overall good health and happiness.
“I don’t know what I would do without yoga,” she continues. “Yoga helps keep you happy. When you’re not happy nothing tastes as good, nothing feels as good, nothing even smells as good. Yoga makes everything better.”
To learn more about how yoga can make your life better, contact Murphy at Om Yoga Studio at 810.429.8588, visit the Om Yoga website or stop by the new studio at 302 S Leroy in Fenton.