Set on 65 Holbrook St., Norfolk, in the front of Villages at River’s Edge a series of shops and business are taking root. Sacred Tree Yoga Studio and Wellness Center is one, and the new business strives is creating a space for the community to connect. The studio offers daily yoga classes, private sessions for counseling, massage therapy, reflexology, and Reiki which is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy within a client to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes and restore both physical and mental wellness.
Angela Cote, the owner and founder of the yoga studio loves the phrase “people helping people”. The studio's teachers and practitioners strive to be a community resource, and provide tools for people’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. The yoga instructors are certified and registered yoga teachers through Yoga Alliance. All of the teachers have completed their 200-hour certifications, and many have or are in the process of obtaining their additional 300 hours of training. Each teacher is trained in CPR, and they are all certified practitioners in Reiki.
Cote worked in the corporate world for 21 years, but left it behind to pursue a more minimalist lifestyle, traveling the country in an RV with her husband Stu. Later, she settled down and ran a wellness shop for three years. Along the way, she began taking Power Yoga, and learned that its benefits were not only physical, but helped improve self, which inspired her to become a yoga teacher. Cote also studied massage therapy at the Massage Institute of New England, where she was introduced to Reiki and became a certified Usui Reiki Shiki Ryoho Master Teacher.
She says yoga in any form helps improve strength, flexibility, balance, posture, breath awareness, and concentration, while reducing stress and improving relaxation.
Sacred Tree offers a selection of yoga classes to meet the needs of the individual:
Mindful Movement and Flow Yoga
- Yoga for Flexibility, Balance, and Core
- Relax, Restore, and Renew
- 5 Senses Yoga
- Candlelight Yoga
- Gentle Yoga
- Yoga Basics
- Little Tree Yoga for Kids
Detailed descriptions on www.sacredtreeyoga.net.
Demonstrating the importance of community Sacred Tree puts an emphasis on charitable works. Four times a year, Sacred Tree Yoga will host a fundraiser to honor the charities that are meaningful and close to the hearts of the instructors. 100% of the proceeds are donated to the worthy causes. Minimum donations will be $10 per person with no maximum contribution. All donations should be checks payable to the charity. The line-up for 2017:
March: “Love Your Brain” for patients and care-givers living with traumatic brain injury. Class will be taught by Kathy Ravinski.
- June: “Path-Way” is a non-profit organization whose mission is helping improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. Class will be taught by Geri Tasker.
- September: “The Melanoma Foundation of New England” supports education, prevention, and support for the most serious form of skin cancer. Class will be taught by Jen LaFond.
- December: “Rosie’s Place” is a women’s shelter that provides a safe & nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity, and find security in their lives. Class will be taught by Angela Cote.
The center is located at 65 Holbrook Street, Suite 110, in Norfolk, at the front of the Villages at River’s Edge, the active adult community on route 115. In addition to Sacred Tree Yoga Studio and Wellness Center, there are other complimentary businesses that have been launched that include The Organic Buzz Café, The Cycling Emporium, and Fungineers. "Great people with great offerings for the community," Cote says.