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Zen Yoga Focuses on Inclusivity With New Program

Nancy Alkire Nancy Alkire Zen Yoga Focuses on Inclusivity With New ProgramManuel Flores, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, teaches Spanglish Flow at Zen Yoga. Photo by Andy King.
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“We take inclusion seriously at Zen Yoga. All body types, all colors, all of it,” says Ellen Reidy, owner of Zen Yoga. “Now, we have a class to reach even more people. This is the first ever Spanish-language yoga program offered by a yoga studio in Ohio!”

Since moving to the Zen Yoga space at 2158 Tremont Center in Arlington, Zen Yoga has added more classes and popular teachers, such as Andy King and Monica Lewis. The most recent yoga teacher to join Zen Yoga is native Spanish speaker, Manuel Flores. He discovered yoga by chance while attending a martial arts seminar. The idea of connecting breath, movement and mind got him started.

Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Flores came to Ohio to start a family. In Mexico, he grew accustomed to living in an area with an international community and doing yoga in both Spanish and English.

“He is just a gem,” says Reidy. “He has a wonderfully welcoming personality.”

Spanglish Flow Yoga is currently held Fridays at 5:45 PM. Classes are available online as well as in the studio. Zen Yoga members can access classes, including Spanglish Flow, at any time from a library of classes that is updated monthly. Indoor classes at Zen Yoga are distanced appropriately and currently require masks.

“There is more demand for spots in our classes, but I want to ensure safety for everyone,” says Reidy.

Zen Yoga has also recently re-started holding outdoor classes in Goodale Park. “We can provide a pop-up outdoor class as needed when our community requests it,” says Reidy, “weather permitting.”

Zen Yoga also holds donation-based classes regularly to raise money for charities. “Giving back to the community and accessibility are very close to my heart,” says Reidy. “Online and in-person, everyone has been so grateful that we’ve been relentlessly committed to keeping quality classes going during these trying times, and now we can show the community more love than ever!”

Every scheduled class at Zen Yoga is also live-streamed, and Zen Yoga offers online-only memberships at a discount as well as traditional in-studio yoga offerings. “It has been great to see people connecting from all over online,’ says Reidy.

Zen Yoga is located at the Southwest corner of the Tremont Center at 2158 Tremont in Arlington. For more information visit zenyogacolumbus.com

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