When you enter Yogaholic, you’ll first be struck by the beautiful space and serene atmosphere. With smooth, hardwood floors and soothing, earth-toned walls, you immediately feel at home. But it’s the friendly, encouraging teachers and students, who help create a uniquely welcoming and positive class experience, which will keep you coming back. Yogaholic, at 426 Main St., is a community-based yoga studio in the heart of Center Moriches. Owner Diane Corey opened the business in 2010, and Yogaholic has since drawn a large crowd of regulars, many of who have been practicing there since the studio opened. But the Yogaholic family is always open to welcoming new students.
“The students we have at Yogaholic are very special,” Corey said. “There is no competition or attitude here. All students are supportive of each other’s progress and also one another’s road blocks.” Corey has been practicing yoga for 22 years. She received her 500-hour yoga teacher training certification with Yoga Zone in Manhattan in 2001. At the beginning of her teacher training, she became pregnant with her first son, Griffin, who is now 12. During the training, she was chosen to teach prenatal yoga classes for her internship. “Completing the teacher training while pregnant was a wonderful teaching and life experience,” Corey said. “I felt so lucky experiencing my own pregnancy and bonding with other expectant mothers. I learned so much during those teaching sessions.”
After having her son, Corey took some time off from teaching and became pregnant again. Her second son, Maxwell, was born with a developmental delay.“Caring for a child with special needs is a true gift,” Corey said. “Once you realize that this child is not going to do anything the way you expect, and you then allow the child to be who they are, you realize that you were given this special child so they can help you, not for you to help them.”Unfortunately, Maxwell died suddenly at the age of four. “After losing Max, I knew that teaching yoga to individuals with special needs was my new path,” Corey said. She has been teaching yoga to members of the Independent Group Home Living Program and East End Disability Associates for the last few years. “I have learned so much from these students and look forward to seeing their progress every week.” Yogaholic is a yoga studio for everyone. It offers beginner classes, which teach the basic of yoga basics, to more advanced and strenuous classes, like Vinyasa or yoga core with props. It offers kids’ yoga, chair yoga and prenatal yoga. Yogaholic also offers magnified healing, transformational breath, Kundalini yoga and meditation classes.
“I want Yogaholic to be a friendly and welcoming yoga center which can offer different experiences to everyone,” Corey said. Yogaholic offers a free class specifically for new students every Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., which is open to all levels. Yogaholic also recently started teaching a free beginner yoga class at Nettie’s Farm and Market in Center Moriches on Sunday mornings, from 8 to 9 a.m. Corey said that this is another great way for her to give back to a community that she says has been so gracious to Yogaholic.