Escape to Wellness
By Jessie Chrobocinski
When we think of space, we often interpret the word to mean emptiness or an unoccupied expanse. In the Sanskrit language, the name used to describe "space" or "ether" is Akasha, which expresses concepts derived from Hindu philosophy, "in which air, fire, water, and earth come together as creation," and "what existed before anything else came into being is that which everything will return to."
"As this project started, it just evolved into this beautiful, beautiful process," Cheryl Lehman says energetically. "I don't think we could have done it without each other, just what we all brought to the table from expertise and different aspects of the project in terms of this beautiful masterpiece. We wanted to create something more than just a room to do yoga. It evolved from one small group looking for a place to practice to [the idea that] we can really do something different here in Corpus by bringing something to the community where everybody can find a class that they like."
The premier yoga studio completes its service with a peaceful, inviting atmosphere for socializing and practice. The open communal space is designed with visitors in mind, from its modern furniture, couches, and large table to the juice bar, where visitors can order a fresh, cold-pressed juice and enjoy the company of others. The spacious studio allows for Akasha Yoga to continue observing social distancing guidelines by extending classes with limited capacity, spacing students 6 feet apart, and providing sanitized yoga props such as mats and blocks.
"It's going to be amazing to see the breadth of health benefits. A lot has been studied, but not all of it has been studied like this," Lehman says with excitement. "It's really what sets us apart. We're kind of like the wellness umbrella, if you will."