Amber LaPointe and Samantha Lyman each have 13+ years of experience practicing and teaching yoga. After founding Yana Yoga 12 years ago, Amber hit all the milestones she was hoping to accomplish with the studio and was looking to step down from the ownership role when she created a post on Facebook along the lines of – "Want to own a yoga studio?". Samantha Lyman responded, and after 9 months of ironing out the details, she became the new owner of Yana as of Feb. 1. Amber will continue to stay on at Yana teaching classes.
Both women found a career in yoga after working in other fields. After trying yoga several times, unsuccessfully at first, Amber was drawn to yoga teacher training classes and became registered to teach in 2007. In 2014, Samantha got a wakeup call after being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness as a result of overworking and a lack of care for her physical wellbeing. She delved into holistic healing and began practicing yoga.
Based on their personal journeys, Amber and Samantha have cultivated Yana into a serene, welcoming space and community for both the beginner and those well-versed in yoga, whether taking classes online or in-person. Yana Yoga was voted a Best of the Saratoga Region 2021 business in the Saratoga TODAY Newspaper.
“Yoga can be intimidating,” said Samantha. “Yana is a place where people can be heard, seen, and loved wherever they’re at.”
The studio has many offerings including Beginner, Gentle to Moderate, and Restorative Yoga classes, along with Reiki Healing, Inner Alignment Coaching, and Intuitive Tarot Readings. Restorative Yoga and Reiki Healing are very popular at the studio right now as their goal is physical, mental, and emotional relaxation, which has become a focus for people following the pandemic.
“Everyone is benefiting from yoga,” said Amber. “Gentle to Moderate is an okay starting point for those with no experience. All of us at Yana have different styles of teaching, but we all have the ability to help with the fundamentals.”
Yana Yoga is running a 50% off promotion for 1 month of unlimited in-person and online yoga classes for new clients or clients who have not been to Yana for at least 6 months. The all-access pass, originally $99, will be available for $49 from March 1 to March 7 only. To get the pass and start signing up for classes, clients will need to create an account on Yana Yoga’s website (www.yanayoga.net) and enter promo code WELCOME2022 when signing up for a class. Stay tuned to Yana’s Instagram @yanayogamalta for all their March class date announcements!