Rebecca Osleger, a longtime Suffield resident, has been practicing yoga for almost two decades as a way to create harmony between work and wellness.
“As an information technology professional for over 20 years, I turned to yoga to help find balance on and off the mat,” she said.
Intention Yoga & Wellness, located at 230 Mountain Road on the lower level, opened in May. Since then, Osleger has hired nine teachers in addition to herself, all who bring their own style to the studio. Classes vary between Yoga and Pilates for all levels including gentle, restorative, power and hot.
“Each person’s time on the mat is an opportunity for self-discovery, personal growth, and ultimately acceptance of one’s self,” Osleger said. “Any class that helps create the balance needed on and off the mat and that both centers my mind and reminds me to stay present is my favorite type of class.”
Having dealt with autoimmune health struggles, Osleger was forced to hone in on her personal wellness journey through nutrition, sleep, stress management and relationships. Yoga took its position at the forefront of this path.
“It’s about sacrificing all things around you for your inner self wellness, which makes us have better relationships and outlooks on life,” she said. “I believe in whole body wellness and that reducing stress enhances all areas of our lives.”
Lexi Oliver, a Massachusetts resident, has been attending multiple classes a week since the studio opened. She said her time on the mat has improved her flexibility and balance, complementing her other workout regimen which involves constant running.
“My muscles, specifically my legs, were very tight because of this,” Oliver said. “The classes are a great opportunity to take one hour out of my day to focus on myself and practice mindfulness.”
Osleger’s hope is that her studio offers everyone a chance to connect with themselves and who they want to be.
“I believe that through community and connectional all things are possible. With a bunch of intention and gratitude and a bit of courage we can do anything,” she said.
The studio offers class punch cards along with discounts for seniors, school employees, town employees and first responders. All new students receive their first class free. There are many events and partnerships with area businesses coming up in the fall.
Those interested in learning more — including the class schedule — can visit www.intention-yoga.com.