Tucked in an airy, second-floor space above another business in Lincoln Park, Full Circle Yoga is nearly ready to open.
All that’s left to do is train teachers, furnish the space and install an air exchanger. Full Circle Yoga is slated to open in February at 1907 W. Superior St., above the new Noble Pour cocktail lounge. Its owner has experience running a studio in Colorado and wants the new studio to be similar: welcoming of all people.
“It's not pretentious. It's down to earth. It's for hard-working people that need a space to ground down to connect, strengthen and to find a little bit of peace in this crazy world,” owner Erik Schnackenberg said.
This will be Schnackenberg’s second Full Circle Yoga location. In 2012, he established a Full Circle in Colorado.
The Duluth location will be independent of the Colorado location, so the two studios will be more like a family. However, he hopes the Duluth studio will have a strong community, like the other Full Circle has.
“It's non-competitive, non-judgmental. Come when you're having bad day. Come when you're having a great day,” he said. “And also feel the connection and support of other people … on the same path.”
Two well-lit rooms make up the second-floor space. One is a welcome room that will have couches, coffee, tea and changing rooms. The other room will be the yoga studio, complete with a fireplace and windows overlooking Superior Street.
Schnackenberg called the studio’s classes a “smorgasbord,” which allows people to choose the classes that match what they most need that day.
Classes will be offered every day, ranging from gentle, restorative yoga to challenging vinyasa courses. And teachers can use the teaching style that works best for them. He will be leading a few classes himself, as well as taking some.
“If you can breathe, you can benefit from yoga,” he said.
The studio also emphasizes being a safe space for all. This, he said, helps people relax and “release some heavy stuff.”
“By you taking care of you a little bit, that then radiates to people in your life, and then they benefit,” he said.
The choice to move to Duluth and open a studio was twofold. His wife, a Duluth native, has many family members still living in the area. She moved out west for him, and he decided it was time to return the favor.
The want to create another community, like the one established at the Colorado's Full Circle, also pushed him to move.
“I saw what had become in Colorado, and I thought the universe was hinting that (I should form) one somewhere else, too,” he said.
Schnackenberg also stressed the physical benefits of yoga, especially in an area with icy sidewalks. Loosening fascia — connective tissue that surrounds muscle fibers — by stretching can improve posture and decrease injury risk, he said.
Schnackenberg is renting the space from Tom Hanson, who owns OMC Smokehouse, Duluth Grill, downstairs neighbor the Noble Pour and others. He wants to utilize his Lincoln Park location by offering $5 community classes in the park in summer.
When Full Circle opens, drop-in classes will cost $15 each, a 10-class punch card is $99, an unlimited monthly pass is $69, and a 30-day new student pass is $30. More information is available on its website, fullcircleyogaduluth.com.