By Beth Taylor
Erin Smith found a yoga community at Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing on the southeast side of Fishers worth the drive from her Noblesville home. Instructor and owner Amy Lin Thomas’ open-hearted nature helped to create a yoga studio where clients became extended family members. When Thomas decided to move to Hawaii to be closer to her mom, she looked to sell to someone who would love the community as much as she did.
With an interest in business ownership and a passion for yoga, Smith knew that this opportunity was the right fit. Thomas embraced the ideas for growth that Smith envisioned for Flourish; transitioning the business between friends was easy.
“I discovered yoga in 2000, and there weren’t as many studios as there are now, said Smith. I didn’t grow up in the yoga culture, but I felt like it was calling me. I started practicing Ashtanga and loved it,” said Erin Smith.
Learning yoga lead to finding balance for Smith. “It just allows me to have the foundation of health to participate in my life to the fullest, whether that be playing with my kids, jumping on a trampoline or running with my dog,” she said.
Smith explained that she feels calm and relaxed yet invigorated after practicing yoga. “I had so much energy that I felt that I could jump on top of a building,” said Smith. After years as a three-sport athlete, she enjoys the fresh feeling of a yoga workout without the abuse on the body. “On a physical level, yoga is a blend of cardiovascular training, strength training and stretching. Yoga is low to no impact, and because you use your own body weight, you can easily add or subtract intensity, reducing risk of injury,” she said.
Flourish offers several classes, including hot and warm Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga yoga and gentle Hatha options as well as prenatal classes and yoga classes for kids.
“Many people are intrigued by the hot yoga, but it’s best to work up to it,” Smith said. The studio in the warm class is 85 to 90 degrees and is designed to help students get used to heat. For hot yoga, the room is set to 100 degrees. “Heat makes your more body more flexible and also makes you more mentally flexible, as well,” she said.
For more information on Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing, go to www.flourishyoga.biz
Erin Smith’s Top 5 things every yogi should have:
- A good yoga mat: “The Mat” by Lululemon and “Black Mat Pro” by Manduka are among my favorites. Until you are ready to invest, grab a “Yogitoes Towel”. This thin, absorbent towel slides over a mat and the other side has little nubs that help keep the towel in place and is machine washable.
- Comfortable yoga clothes: The biggest question I am asked by new yogis is, “what should I wear to class?” Comfort is key when practicing yoga and it’s important that your outfit stays put (we are upside down a lot). Some of my favorites lines are Lululemon, Hard Tail and Athletica.
- An inspirational book: Yoga is a never ending journey of learning. “Yoga, The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness” by Erich Schiffmann, will give you daily inspiration and is our book of the month for the Flourish Book Club. Visit our website for more information.
- A healthy daily ritual: By doing a daily self massage using Earthly Body’s “Glow Oil” you are receiving multiple health benefits through your largest organ, your skin. Featuring plant oils like hemp, coconut, and palm; this oil is easy to use and smells amazing.
- A feel good accessory: The “Vinyasa Scarf” by Lululemon will keep you looking chic and feeling cozy as you make your way to and from the studio. Check out the YouTube video which helps you to master 10 different ways to wear this versatile and functional piece.