Amy and Peter Hall have cultivated a true center for yoga. Below Amy shares on their studio, Napa Valley Yoga Center, and how it’s grown over the years.
Mindful Studio: How did your yoga studio come about?
Amy Hall: Peter and I have practiced yoga together for over 12 years, and we’d been going to this studio since 2015. When the owners were ready to sell, they approached us, and the timing was right. We took the reins in October 2018 and changed the name to Napa Valley Yoga Center.
MS: What was your vision?
AH: While a yoga studio can’t be all things to all people, we want to truly be a center for yoga. We want our studio to be the place the community turns to for growth, connection and wellness. To that end, in addition to Vinyasa flow classes, we offer chair yoga for those with limited abilities, prenatal yoga, beginner’s yoga, restorative yoga, meditation and many other styles so all may enjoy the benefits. We are also a pick-up point for a local organic Community Supported Agriculture veggie boxes, and we host a variety of healthy lifestyle workshops throughout the year.
MS: What is an interesting feature about the studio’s design?
AM: Our space feels like an urban loft in the middle of wine country. On the ground floor we have soaring ceilings with a big comfy lounge area, retail boutique and our smaller practice space, Studio Be. Upstairs is a lovely bodywork room and our main practice space, Lotus Room, which can accommodate 50 yogis.
MS: What is one key to your yoga studio’s success?
AM: Our teachers. We are in awe of the devotion our teachers bring to our students. We work hard to be the place where experienced and passionate yoga teachers want to share their gifts.
MS: What advice could you give to other studio operators?
AM: Bring positivity to every interaction. Our studio has a lot of smiles and warmth. Yogis tell us they feel welcome the moment they walk in — that tells us we’re on the right track.