KING — Yoga in King? Randi Luzwick decided to take a chance on the idea when she recently opened her Wise Folk Yoga business downtown.
The studio is located inside Mickey & Co. on South Main Street, between the hair salon and boutique and the new coffee shop/tap room, which opened officially on Monday.
But why call it Wise Folk?
“Well, ‘folk’ felt kind of King-like,” Luzwick says. “I liked the idea of community, cultural history. And I think the more we do yoga, even beyond the physical postures, there’s wisdom to gain, always.”
Luzwick moved to Winston-Salem when she was in middle school, and then moved to King because her husband Jesse is from King. She was a journalism grad at Appalachian State, where she was sports editor of The Appalachian, the student newspaper. She’s now the mother of three daughters.
“I took a couple of yoga classes (in college) and liked it a lot,” she said. “I started going to the Y for some ‘alone mommy time’ to take some classes and I just fell in love with it. I saw a deeper meaning.”
She elaborates: “Yoga is a life-long practice. You’re never a ‘professional’ in yoga. You’re striving to be a better person, in general, the posture part is to help us focus on the breath, and from there you go into the things you learn by meditating, exploring yourself.
“Yoga has helped me figure out who I want to be. Not who I’ve been told to be or who I’m expected to be. It’s helped me discover my own identity, I think… But a better version.”
She’s says she has also benefited physically for yoga.
“I feel healthier that I’ve felt in a really long time. And that’s after having three kids. I feel very comfortable in my body. For a long time I felt like the whole ‘self-love’ concept – just sitting with yourself – was kind of selfish, not where I should be turning my attention to. But this has helped teach me that self-love is essential. I am a caretaker, but there’s only so much you can give before you run out of fuel and turn resentful. It helps me appreciate and love myself so that I can love others better. And it’s given me a better spiritual outlook. Maybe I just feel closer to the Creator and humanity in general, how we are connected. It just makes me feel better in general. It’s so good for anyone. … It’s so good to be still with yourself; it’s so important.”
Luzwick decided to become a certified teacher, which requires 200 hours of teaching. She put in this work at the Wildlight Wellness Collective in Winston-Salem.
Bringing the business to this location was kind of serendipitous. “My husband talked to (building owner) Wayne Mickey, who said he was creating a space for yoga classes, and Jesse told Wayne I was getting my certification.”
While Wise Folk has been opened just a short time, Luzwick says she been surprised at the consistent group that’s been coming Mondays at 7 a.m.
“They seem really committed. As long as I keep doing it, they’re be here.”
“I didn’t know what the yoga scene was like in King. It’s pretty popular in Winston. That kind of excited me because I was thinking I could help bring it here. But COVID has been hard, so I’m exploring other alternatives like offering virtual classes, live, online sessions for people who don’t feel comfortable coming into the space, being around people. I’m still experimenting, and Wayne has been very generous in letting me do that. I think he’s really hopeful that even if people are still fearful at this point they’re just so ready to get out and return to some level of normalcy. He’s hoping this will help do that. So maybe people don’t know it’s here.”
One unusual recent session was with the West Stokes High School swim team.
“My sister-in-law, Justine Luzwick, is the assistant swim coach and she was the one who suggested it. She thought it might be a good stretching routine. It was a really cool experience. And definitely the most (participants) I’ve taught at one time. I think we had 17.”
Luzwick added that she’s “still gauging if people don’t yet feel comfortable coming in to the studio, and I’m not sure what times work best for people. I had a 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday class and I had a couple of people who came, but it was just not successful.”
Still, she thinks her idea has potential. “And I’m excited about that.”
To learn more visit the website at www.wisefolkyoga.com.