SHINE ON YOGA’S owner Linda Marchione first tried yoga as physical therapy to help with a running injury. She previously shrugged it off as a non-challenging practice and didn’t believe it would help with her recovery. However, after being dragged to a yoga class by a friend, and seeing the variety of positions and the energy created by a group of people practicing together, she knew she found something special.
More than the physical aspect of yoga, Linda quickly fell in love with the spiritual development and meditative aspects. She loved the empowering feeling inside and out that yoga provided, and soon decided to become a teacher. The more Linda practiced yoga, the more she realized it was an act of strengthening good will more than strengthening the body. She practiced with the definition of Namaste in mind: “The light in me honors and respects the light in you.”
After teaching in a number of studios, she realized that none of them melded with her vision and overall goal. Rather than creating an intimate, comforting feel, Linda found that many were too business-oriented and determined to sell to customers rather than get to know them. Although it was a financial risk, she felt determined to open a studio that worked to strengthen the sense of community more than just the individual physical body. She wanted a studio that did not put profit before happy students. She wanted the Cheers of yoga studios: a place where everyone felt at home as well as a place that pushed comfort over expensive workout clothes. Her dream was realized when Shine On Yoga opened its doors in June of 2013.
Shine On Yoga strives to create a community for its patrons. The studio is warm and welcoming and offers comfortable seating and tea to guests. Linda (who can be found working in the studio nearly every day) and the nine other teachers at Shine On pride themselves on getting to know each student personally. From very beginners to extremely advanced, slow flow to high energy vinyasas, there are classes for every skill level. The daily class line up is varied and offers morning and evening classes to fit any schedule. Shine On has classes to help rehabilitate or recover from injuries, classes to teach the basics of yoga positions as well as specialty workshops to further your yogi education. Above all, Shine On’s vision is “Yoga = Unit;” regardless of skill level or dedication, everyone is equal and will receive the same attention and care.
The studio brings their unique sense of community equality and good will to the greater Metro-Detroit area as well. Linda explains that community service and yoga go hand in hand. “Everyone needs help at some point in their lives. We strengthen our bodies so we can be strong enough to help others.”
Both yoga and providing services have the same end result: a refreshing and empowering feeling. Linda has been a volunteer organizer for Gleaners Food Bank for eight years and encourages her fellow teachers and students to get involved in her bi-monthly efforts. They offer donation classes to raise money for charities. Currently, they are working on a Purse and Toiletry Drive; collecting purses, hygienic products and more for young inner-city girls. They are constantly spotlighting organizations and collecting money as well as looking out for different charities to help.
“We aren’t here to make a million dollars,” Linda explains. “We are here to broaden horizons and help everyone we can, physically and mentally.”
Check out Shine On Yoga at 22751 Woodward Avenue to strengthen yourself and your community. The class schedule is online at ShineOnYoga.net, or call for more informa- tion at 248-544-0044.
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