By Tracey Toomey | August 1, 2016 | Lifestyle
Aren Mehiel and Olga Palladino open a pop-up of their spiritual-meets-physical NYC yoga studio in Water Mill.
Five Pillars Yoga takes yoga off the mat and into people’s everyday lives.
Right movement, right nutrition, right breathing, right relaxation, right intention—these are the foundations of Five Pillars Yoga, a studio founded by Karen Mehiel, a yoga devotee, and Olga Palladino, a teacher and practitioner. The studio opened its doors on NYC’s Upper East Side in the spring of 2015, with a mission to take yoga off the mat and into people’s daily lives by developing a sense of peace, vibrant health, and mindfulness.
Now through Labor Day, Five Pillars is hosting a pop-up “sanctuary” in Water Mill. “At first we thought we might just do a weekend retreat,” says Mehiel. “But then this really beautiful and calming space opened up, and we seized the opportunity.”
The duo opened Five Pillars because they felt the Upper East Side lacked a studio where students could get spiritual teachings as well as a physical and mental release. When their clients started demanding a presence in the Hamptons, they happily obliged.
Classes will include Vinyasa, Restorative, and Yin, plus a brand-new class called Cross Flow X, which combines yoga with heart-pumping cardio and strengthening. Says Mehiel, “Yoga has changed my whole being.” 726 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 500-9200
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