Two women quit jobs, open a yoga studio

SOUTH PORTLAND — In an economic climate that has many people clinging to their jobs, Danielle Morin and Heidi MacVane decided to quit theirs and start up Greener Postures Yoga.

The yoga studio at 740 Broadway had its grand opening at the end of May, offering free first classes to yoga practitioners from the experienced to newcomers.

Morin and MacVane will offer heated vinyasa flow yoga classes. Vinyasa is defined as “breathing synchronized movement,” a concept that the business partners will reiterate as they teach students to flow from one pose to the next in sync with their breathing.

“In yoga, we always talk about practicing our yoga ‘off the mat,’” Morin said, having practiced the concept throughout the stress-inducing process of opening a business.

“Everything is part of a transition. Everything leads to something else. Just like yoga, we are moving forward whether we like it or not,” she said.

“We have no doubt benefited from this principle as we moved from architect, to heating specialists, to daily trips to Lowe’s, even toilet paper salesman,” MacVane said.

The business partners met four years ago while carpooling from Boston to a yoga retreat in upstate New York.

When MacVane relocated to Maine, the two exchanged e-mails, one of which included Morin’s suggestion of opening a yoga studio. At the time, Morin was teaching close to 20 yoga classes a week in Boston, and MacVane was teaching yoga and counseling students as a licensed social worker.

“Too many people are held back from making decisions in life because of fear. As yoga teachers, we encourage our students to embrace this point, to dissect it. We’d be hypocrites if we ignored our own advice,” Morin said.

For more information about Greener Postures Yoga, visit www. or e-mail [email protected]


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