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  • April 2018
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Jane discovers yoga and an array of handmade wellness products

Yoga has been gaining more and more popularity over the years, and there are many reasons for its top spot. It’s a great workout, and also has a mind/body/spirit component I’ve been trying to focus on in my everyday life. I have taken a few classes here and there, but with the meditative and mindful connection at the forefront of my mind, I wanted to try again with a new outlook. I asked my friend — who had never taken a yoga class — to join me to see what she thought too.

We visited Megan Knuth, 200RYT, at Unknown Yogi within Aurora’s Apothecary in Appleton, and it was the best decision for two beginners wanting to learn what yoga is all about. It turns out, my friend loved it and realized she had been missing out, while I fell in love with it all over again. We went to a “pop in” class on a Friday morning, and it felt like a personal instruction as at this particular time it was just the two of us, instructor Megan and another friendly student.

Megan began by talking about the different facets of yoga, along with the importance of being aware of your breathing. She spoke gently throughout the session to remind us to take it all in and inhale and exhale purposefully. We went through a variety of poses and sequences and a few times we laughed at feeling muscles we hadn’t in a long time — the best kind of stretch (not to mention our core truly getting a workout)!

At the end of the session, Megan went above and beyond any class I had ever been to by covering us each in a blanket, laying a weighted eye mask over our eyes and using the lavender scent throughout the room was blissful! I told my friend how lucky she was to have this happen during her first time doing yoga as I had never experienced anything like it before.

My friend and I were so impressed with Megan and based on the class alone would recommend it to anyone, but after speaking with her for a while realized there’s another reason to appreciate Unknown Yogi’s mission. They participate in and regularly donate class fees to the “Give Back Yoga Foundation,” which integrates yoga to help people with addiction recovery, eating disorders and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. She will also soon be hosting compassion fatigue classes for caregivers.

Because Unknown Yogi is conveniently located within Aurora’s Apothecary, we were able to stroll through the the store after class. My friend loved the incense Megan used during yoga and said she wanted to create the same sense of relaxation that was in the studio at home, so she was on the hunt and found it easily.

Aurora’s Apothecary has an abundance of natural products, homemade salves and lotions, along with fragrant handmade lip balms and sprays. I also noticed an all-natural bug spray, which will be perfect this coming summer. They have unique jewelry and several pieces of art that made me pause to appreciate.

They also have a blending bar to make your own scents with essential oils. This was the coolest thing to us! Glass bottles are provided, and there’s even a notebook of recipes so if you are drawn to the same combination time and time again, you simply write your name and personal recipe down. It’s fun to flip through for inspiration too.

Owner Melissa Aurora Adlebush is the president of the Fox Valley Herb Society, and she and her husband, Kevin, provide classes with subjects like designing your own herb garden, how to make bath bombs, plant identification courses and how to make the most of the “weeds” in your yards — all within their Appleton store.

My friend and I had a great time discovering yoga at Unknown Yogi and all of the wellness products within Aurora’s Apothecary. I have a feeling yoga and shopping locally will become a routine!


Unkown Yogi / Aurora’s Apothecary

1607 Richmond Street, Appleton

www.unknownyogi.com

920-213-9763

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www.aurorasapothecary.com

920-430-7846

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