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New business — All People Yoga will start small, but quickly expand with local partners


After two years of leaving business cards with the owners of Velour, Christine Kirk received the email she was waiting for. Velour had moved and the retro clothing store’s 109 N. Blaine St. space was available.

“I have been teaching (yoga) in Newberg for 13 years, with Chehalem Park and Rec. They offered to move me to the district offices and I wasn’t too excited about that,” Kirk said. “(The property owner) had sent me an email about this space and I thought, ‘OK, it must be time for me to move on.’”

A week and a half later, Kirk was finishing some light remodeling — laying down carpet, some décor and signs. She was ready to open business Monday.by: GARY ALLEN - Health -- Christine Kirk teaches a yoga class Monday at the business' new location on Blaine Street.

“Right now I’m keeping it really, really simple because I don’t want to come in and be in debt,” she said. “I want to come in and be able to sustain this space, sustain the practices and have a community place for people to come.”

She teaches about four or five classes a week, but with the new studio space is looking to expand that to nine or 10.

“I teach Zumba, a Pilates fusion yoga and yoga,” she said. “I also lead freestyle dance practices — some people call it hippie dancing — but it’s just open dance in a safe environment to be free. Just come in and get to know who you are.”

Private classes are also available and the yoga style is “All People,” which Kirk said is for anyone who walks in the door.

“I will adjust to whatever needs to happen in that class,” she said. “Say I have a 5-year-old and a mom and I have a retired grandpa over here, I will intuitively teach because I’ve been teaching for so long I know how to make that all work.”

She said there are also a few other instructors who are interested in joining the studio and teaching classes. Kirk said she’s heard from a Pilates instructor, a Zumba instructor, another yoga instructor, a personal trainer and someone who works with essential oils.

“I’m interested in sharing the space,” she said. “I really want it to be a shared communal space for anybody that wants to come in and do what they need to do and make it all happen.”

Right now, the class schedule will be Monday through Thursday, but Kirk said she’s planning to expand the days and number of classes shortly.

For more information, call Kirk at 503-560-9119 or visit her Facebook page at on.fb.me/1bobPI4.



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