With the muggy weather upon us, sometimes a break from the sweltering sun is just what the doctor ordered. If the doctor happens to embrace a holistic approach, he or she just might prescribe a visit to Yogapata in Wilton. This new oasis for yogis will get you out of the heat and into the warmth—of body, heart and soul.
Housed in a gorgeous restored barn in a bucolic setting off Danbury Road near Cannondale, Yogapata is not about trendy yoga (you’ll get hot, but not due to the blasting of “hot yoga” heaters) nor is it about a quick fitness fix. For owners Mitchel and Tracy Bleier, yoga and life intertwine and their style of yoga is invigorating but also “meaningful. “
“When I met Mitchel in 2006, I was co-owner of Saraswati’s Yoga Joint in Norwalk. We were looking for a consistent style; we didn’t want to be a salad bar of yoga,” says Tracy Bleier, who used to teach English at Staples. “Through the presentation of how Mitchel taught, lights went off. I thought, This is it. It was incredibly intelligent but accessible. It was empowering but fun.”
The yoga connection spawned a life connection; Mitchel and Tracy married. The couple eventually relocated from Westport to Redding and now has a 4-year-old in addition to two teenagers. “I’ve traveled internationally as a yoga teacher for 12 years,” says Mitchel, “and that started to get difficult with a family.”
Combining over 30 years of experience practicing and teaching yoga (including training over 250 Fairfield County yoga teachers), the duo set out to open a new studio and discovered the ideal location in Wilton, where Yogapata opened June 1. Even with some classes running 90 minutes long, students are reluctant to leave the peaceful, rustic space where flexibility and friendships grow.
Classes range from “Back At It” and “Bolder Shoulders” therapeutic sessions to the inversion packed “All In.” A single class is $18, a 10-class pass is $170, and a special offer this summer buys you unlimited classes from now thru August 31 for $199. A portion goes to the charity of the teacher’s choice. Sign up online (especially for popular evening and weekend classes).
Can’t make it to the studio? Traveling? No problem. Soon online “Patavision” classes will be available!
444 Danbury Road, Wilton, 203-210-7750