Yama Yoga Wellness Spa Begins New Era With More Services, Programs



For yoga instructor Summer Smith and her Yama Yoga Wellness Spa in Canton, 2013 raced to an exciting and expansive close.

Smith opened Yama Yoga in 2006 and saw steady participation growth in her classes since that time. But a desire to incorporate more health-and-wellness services – and encouragement to do so from many of her yoga students – led to the move to a larger and more visible property in Canton in mid-October.

“Health and wellness have always been part of my life,” Smith said, “and the longer I lived here, the more I realized there was this community within Canton that is very open to holistic healing, including yoga…and the more the studio grew.”

Great response to a new clinical hypnotherapy program which Smith began at the studio helped set the stage for housing a whole range of holistic wellness services and programs. The business name was changed to Yama Yoga Wellness Spa to reflect that expansion.

“It is more of a wellness spa, not just a typical day spa, but a place with a wide range of programs and services with a holistic and organic background,” Smith explained.

After two years at the corner of Farm-to-Market Road 17 and FM 1256, the yoga studio and all of the new services banded together at its new home at 1023 S. Trades Day Blvd., near CVS Pharmacy. A grand opening celebration took place in November

The new location includes a full-service hair salon offering cuts, color, conditioning and waxing. There are different tenants offering pedicures, makeup applications and eyelash extensions, organic teeth whitening and infrared sauna therapy.

“Infrared sauna is a new therapy that has been fabulous for healing, pain relief, and wound and skin care,” Smith said.

Yama Yoga Wellness Spa also offers massage, reflexology, nutritional counseling, life coaching and reiki. In addition, the spa houses an “eco-boutique” called A Little Green Heart, offering cosmetics and skin care products made from 100 percent pure, natural substances.

Although some might not consider Canton the first home for a yoga studio and holistic healing services, Smith said, “It never occurred to me not to open a studio here.”

The secret to her success thus far, she said, has been in her sincerity about her work.

“No matter what you do, if you love it and are passionate about it, people see that. But you have to walk the walk, you have to commit at some level and take health and wellness into your own hands,” she said.

“I think there were so many people here who just hadn’t been exposed to these options for health and wellness, and didn’t know all that was available,” Smith added.

She said yoga and other holistic health programs strike a chord with people looking to take better care of themselves.

“I’ve found that people really are not willing to give up their independence, and we are at a time where we have to take more control individually of our health, doing more things in a preventative way instead of doing it on the backside,” Smith said.

Although she said she already had a good following for yoga classes at the previous location, the better visibility of the new location, and the additional services like the salon, is starting to generate even more interest in yoga.

“If someone has never seen a yoga class, they are asking questions, and that gives me a chance to address some of the misconceptions, like you have to be 100 pounds and really fit to do yoga,” Smith said. “Most of my clients are between the ages of 45-65, and it is simply not true that you have to be able to do everything before you begin.”

Smith’s yoga school is the only one in East Texas offering yoga teacher training for the 200-hour basic certification program.

Yoga classes and other programs can be purchased on a drop-in basis or a monthly unlimited plan. Schedules and pricing for various programs and services are available on the website at www.yamayogawellnessspa.com or by calling 903.567.0077.

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