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New yoga studio provides a unique workout experience
Lorie Wilson holds a warrior pose in her recently-opened Warrior Yoga studio. - photo by ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal

Type of Business: Yoga studio

Hours: Classes at 9 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 4:30 Sunday

Location: 2801 Geer Road

Contact Information: 209-534-4190

Specialty: Heated power yoga

History of Business:

After running Koru Power Yoga in Turlock for a year, Lorie Wilson knew it was time for a change. She wanted to open a yoga studio near the university that would help to bring the Turlock and college communities closer.

The aptly-named Warrior Yoga studio began holding classes on April 2, offering a unique, Baptiste-inspired heated power yoga experience. Temperatures inside the building reach up to 90 degrees during sessions, providing yogis with a challenging and strengthening workout.

“It’s not light-hearted yoga,” said Wilson. “It’s intense – they leave here drenched.”

Classes held at Warrior Yoga are paid for by attendees on a donation-based payment plan. Wilson suggests that those who attend classes give a donation of $13, but those who are able to give more often do, with those who can’t afford as much giving what they can spare. Service donations are also available for those who cannot donate financially.

“I love the idea of it,” said Wilson. “It makes yoga accessible to everyone. Money is not an obstacle here”

Baptiste-style yoga classes typically cost $25 per session, according to Wilson. She doesn’t hold anyone accountable for their donations, either – the business runs simply on trust. Wilson enjoys meditating, reflecting and sharing personal testimonies with her yoga students, forming a unique bond that cannot be found at other studios.

Warrior Yoga’s grand opening will be held on April 23. There will be an open house from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. followed by a yoga session from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Interested yogis are encouraged to bring their yoga mat and join the fun.