On Wednesday, Oct. 16, ArtiZen Yoga and Massage opened its doors — and arms — to the Beaufort community.
Owner Elizabeth Vanderpool knows the studio and the community well. “I’ve been a student, a teacher, a trainer and a manager here.” She gestured at the space, formerly a Dancing Dogs studio. “I’m so excited to be taking this next step.”
It was a classic win-win. “Ever since my trip to Africa this summer, I have been looking to simplify,” said Shelley Lowther, founder of Dancing Dogs Yoga. “I am proud and excited for Elizabeth and for Beaufort. I look forward to focusing my attention on training and on our fast-growing Bluffton studio.”
Why did Vanderpool choose to name her new studio ArtiZen?
“Yoga encompasses the mind, the body, and the spirit. Yoga is referred to as a ‘practice’ for good reason. But it is a labor of love. The deeper you are willing to go, the more beauty — and peace — you find. Thus ArtiZen,” she explained.
What about the tree logo? “I’ve always had an affinity for The Tree of Life and what it represents. A tree remembers its roots and also reaches for the sky. I want ArtiZen to celebrate life and growth.”
Asked whether to expect big changes, Vanderpool responded, “At first, no. We’re trying to make the transition seamless for former Dancing Dogs students. We opened our doors with the same teachers, classes and schedule. ArtiZen will honor any time or visits left on their passes.”
ArtiZen will hold a formal grand opening event in November. “Things always take a little longer than you’d hope. Once we’ve finished painting and putting up the new signs, we’ll be ready to celebrate!”
Vanderpool’s message to the Beaufort community? “I believe in the phrase ‘one truth, many paths.’ My goal is to create an environment that is welcoming, supportive and energizing. No matter where you are in your personal journey, come grow with us!”
“Remember that we’re not just a yoga studio. We also have a retail boutique and an amazing massage therapist.”
Call 441-5994 to make an appointment. For more information, visit ArtiZenYoga.com or the ArtiZen Yoga page on Facebook. The studio is located at 1211 Newcastle Street, Unit 2F, in Newcastle Square in Uptown Beaufort.