Meet your merchant: Wild Mountain Yoga
Amanda Dozal and Mandy Lucchese didn’t choose yoga. It was more like yoga chose them.
“It calls you in,” Lucchese said. “It’s like having an ‘aha’ moment and realizing there’s a whole world within the body.”
Dozal, 32, and Lucchese, 36, have co-owned Wild Mountain Yoga Center since 2008. The two-room studio, tucked in Nevada City’s Seven Hills Business District, will celebrate its 15th birthday from 2 to 7 p.m. this Friday.
Free classes, live music and a birthday toast are on the party schedule.
Wild Mountain was established a decade and a half ago, around the time when yoga was experiencing a revival after its heyday in the counterculture of the 1960s.
“It’s becoming more mainstream,” Dozal said. “You don’t have to be a yogi to do yoga. You can be an artist, a rock star … a construction worker.”
With 55 yoga classes a week, taught by 21 teachers and spanning about 15 different varieties of yoga, there’s a stretching-breathing-meditating routine for just about anyone’s schedule. Classes are about $10 for an hour, and first-timers are encouraged to “just show up” at a class that interests them.
Lucchese grew up in Colorado. Her resume includes a stint as an art teacher and a caretaker.
Dozal is originally from Lake Tahoe, then owned her own yoga studio in Wisconsin before “divine timing brought me back” to California, where she started taking classes at Wild Mountain.
“I thought it was absolutely crazy, financially, to start a business in California,” Dozal said.
But when the studio’s owner asked Dozal if she’d like to take over at the already well-established Wild Mountain – and Lucchese agreed to go from yoga teacher to co-owner – the deal was sealed.
They call Wild Mountain “the community’s yoga studio,” and they bring their spunk to the whole operation.
“We’re kind of goofballs as it is,” Dozal said. “We keep it real and approachable, accessible and non-pretentious.”
They’re opening up the studio Friday to celebrate a milestone, but also to invite new people to take a break from busyness and experience the benefits of yoga.
“It helps you to deal with daily life when everything’s chaotic,” Dozal said.
It could also keep the doctor away.
“It benefits you physically, emotionally and spiritually,” Lucchese added. “It’s the cheapest form of healthcare.”
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