New spin and yoga studio opens in Manchester

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MANCHESTER — Lisa Kelly has never been one to sit still. Since moving to Manchester 21 years ago, she been a teacher and sports coach at Burr and Burton Academy, a mother of three children and the leader of area non-profit organizations such as Heartworks and Unplugged.

Now she's trying on a new set of challenges: spin instructor and business owner.

Kelly has opened Zen Revolution Spin and Yoga Studio at 7205 Main Street (Route 7A) in Manchester.

The studio is open for business, and an open house is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at which visitors will have the opportunity to pedal a spin cycle, try a flow class and meet the instructors.

"We're looking to create a community place," Kelly said. "We have a lot of different packages, and it's not crazy expensive — it averages out to $10 a class."

A former Spanish teacher and school sports coach at BBA, Kelly obtained her yoga teaching certificate from Heart of the Village Yoga last year.

"I had a couple of friends who said 'Yoga would be the perfect thing for you,'" Kelly said. "I loved it and wanted to start teaching."

"There's so much need for people to take care of themselves," Kelly said. "I hear it all the time with my woman friends, with people who want to lose weight or feel better about themselves. It's all related. It's not just how you feel about your body — the yoga brings in the mind and the spiritual piece."

The process of building a new business from scratch has been both frustrating and empowering, Kelly said.

"There are some things in life we're confident in and other areas we're not. For me, it's business; I have definitely learned I don't love the business side of this," Kelly said. "But the past two days we have had full rooms with people smiling and music playing and sweat dripping and I'm just like 'this is why I'm doing this.'

"I love the connection, I love the community and I love people feeling good and taking care of themselves." she said.

Reach Journal editor Greg Sukiennik at 802-490-6000.


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