I've always been amazed by photos posted by Soul Flyte on their facebook or instagram account. Doing yoga while hanging upside down? It is a privilege that I finally get to interview the owner of Soul Flyte, Shira Turkl-Rubin, about yoga while hanging in a hammock, starting her own studio, and being a proud Rockland County citizen.
Shira, how long have you been doing yoga?
I've been practicing yoga for about 10 years and teaching for 5. I started in college when I realized that yoga made the stress from school and life SO much better! I suffer from ulcerative colitis and have found that practicing yoga, breath work and meditation have helped me immensely.
What's the difference between Soul Flyte and regular yoga?
At Soul Flyte we practice AntiGravity® aerial yoga and fitness. We use much of the same breath work and meditation techniques that you would see in a regular yoga class, however we take you off the ground. When you practice in the Harrison Hammock, you're able to go deeper into stretches.The best part about it is that we can invert with zero compression on the spine, which helps to lengthen and release tension in areas that you might not have even realized you were holding!
We are always adding classes on the schedule, but if you're a newbie we always recommend coming to either a Fundamentals, Restorative or Soul Flow class. Soul Flow is similar to mat yoga with an AntiGravity® inversion at the end of class.
What made you start your business?
AntiGravity® yoga and fitness is relatively new - it's been around since the early 2000's and people are loving it! I personally fell in love with it about 1.5 years ago when I was introduced to it by my Mother! She got trained to be an AntiGravity® instructor long before me and she now teaches a restorative class at Soul Flyte!
Hanging upside down daily has changed my life. My belly, mind and spirit thank me every single day. I always wanted to own my own yoga studio but knew I needed to do something different - this was my chance and here I am - 8 months in and grateful everyday.
How long has your business been in Nyack? How many teachers do you have?
We've been open for about 8 months now - so we're brand new and excited about being in Nyack. The community has welcomed us with open arms and for that we are beyond grateful! We currently have 6 teachers but we're growing very rapidly so that might change soon.
Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you lived in Rockland County?
My husband and I moved to Rockland County about 2 years ago from NYC. We currently live in a tiny town called Sparkill. If you blink you'll miss it! We just purchased our first home in Upper Nyack and will be moving this summer - we're really excited. We are both originally from New Jersey and very excited to now be Rockland homeowners.
We absolutely love where we live in Sparkill. There are 2 new restaurants that just opened: D'vine Bar and Roost. If you haven't been yet, check them out - they're both delicious. We also love going to Nyack to walk around, sit by the water and to eat. We love 8 North Broadway, True Foods and Hudson House in Nyack. I love to stop by Sweat Pea's for lunch during the week and for any health food items that I might need.
So how can we try out your classes?
78 Main Street,Nyack, NY 10960