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Yoga North celebrates milestone

Yoga North recently celebrated 15 years in the same location with a ribbon cutting and a healthy supper reception on Friday, May 20. The business, a yoga school, is on the second floor of St. Michael's Lakeside School located at 4628 Pitt Street....

Yoga North celebrates milestone
Deborah Adele, one of the co-owners of Yoga North, stands beside a map which shows the locations of yoga teachers which have studied at Yoga North. She also holds the book, "The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice," which was published in 2009 by Duluth publishers On-Word Bound Books.

Yoga North recently celebrated 15 years in the same location with a ribbon cutting and a healthy supper reception on Friday, May 20.

The business, a yoga school, is on the second floor of St. Michael's Lakeside School located at 4628 Pitt Street. It specializes in teaching yogic thought and Eastern philosophy to community members and also teaches people to become yoga teachers. People come from all over Duluth, Two Harbors and Superior to this quaint little elementary school, said Erica Frykman, a marketing specialist at Yoga North.

Sharing a building with an elementary school seems to work out well for both parties.

"They are very welcoming and we welcome them as much as they welcome us. They abide by our rules and we abide by their rules," an administrative assistant at the parochial school said.

Molly McManus, the administrative director of Yoga North, said the school currently has 15 teachers. Deborah Adele, one of the co-owners of Yoga North, also was on hand to talk about her book, "The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice," which was published in 2009 by Duluth publishers On-Word Bound Books.

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"I wrote the book to get the conversation out in the yoga community and the larger community that there's more to yoga than posture. The West has just the 'take the posture' part of yoga," said Adele, who has taught at the yoga studio for 13 years.

She said one of the first yoga principles is to live a life of nonviolence. Living ethically is about living in harmony, she said. Yoga is about developing tranquility.

Julie Eckman also attended the celebration. The very first Yoga North class took place at her gazebo, a good location because of the view of Lake Superior.

The current location, St. Michael's Lakeside School, also give

practitioners a view of the lake. Eckman said she also likes the school location because of the good energy the building has.

She said that her husband, Phillip, attended the school, as did her two children.

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