GOOD VIBES: Open-air yoga studio opens in the region
A HERVEY Bay mum and yoga instructor has transformed her Craignish backyard into a slice of yogi paradise after recently opening Health Hunter Yoga Studio.
Rhian Hunter is helping local residents switch off from everyday life and get back to nature while practising the art in her new open-air studio, which opened in August.
The qualified nutritionist and iridologist said the response to the variety of classes and the location had been "fantastic".
With tranquil gardens, shady trees, palms, and natural beauty, Ms Hunter said the open-air design was inspired by recent training in Bali.
"Myself and my fiancé Shannon spent a month over in Bali whilst he did his teacher training, and most of the studios we practised at were all open air," she said.
"Practicing yoga amongst nature inspired us to open up something similar so that our community could experience what we had.
"Set amongst a picturesque forest backdrop, we have created a sanctuary to slip out of your day and into yourself."
Ms Hunter delved into the world of yoga about five years to expand her interest in the health industry, and is now joined by her fiance, Shannon, and fellow teacher and good friend Amy Notley.
Ms Hunter and Amy, who have become close friends and mums together, started their yoga journey in 2016 while teaching at Ocean Tree Yoga Studio on the Esplanade.
"Being in the health industry I wanted to be able to offer a range of modalities to improve health and yoga was one of them," Ms Hunter said.
She said the studio was built on a foundation of love and respect for the practice of yoga, for nature and for the community, making it the perfect place to thrive in health and happiness.
"We welcome yogis of all levels to our wide variety of daily drop in classes.
"Yoga is fantastic for reducing stress, it's great for increasing mobility, flexibility and increasing strength.
"I just love the health benefits."
She said Hatha and Vinyasa yoga and the mums and bubs classes were a popular choice, with Health Hunter being the only yoga studio in Hervey Bay to offer classes for mums and their little ones.
"In the newborn faze, mum's don't get a lot of time to themselves," Ms Hunter said.
"During this time it gives the mums a chance to give something back to themselves."
Ms Hunter is also looking forward to introducing Aerial Yoga to the mix next month.
The studio is located at 4 Mitchell Ave, Craignish.
Visit healthhunter.com.au for classes times and prices.