KENILWORTH, NJ – Formerly known as House Yoga, the boutique yoga studio which has been in Kenilworth for six years has rebranded and moved to the Boulevard. Now officially open with a new name Fearvana Yoga, the studio is located in the space that used to be Hollywood Bridal and Hollywood Tuxedo.
Fearvana Yoga is owned by Christa Lapinig Recio, a Kenilworth resident and army veteran who partnered with Akshay Nanavati, a Marine veteran, author, and ultra runner who began Fearvana. Together they founded the Fearvana Foundation in 2014, a non-profit supporting causes and charities in some of the darkest corners of the world that have little exposure and funding. Some of their projects encompassed building the first sustainable school in post-war Liberia, empowering sex-trafficked young women in India, or rehabilitating former child soldiers in West Africa. At Fearvana Yoga, 5% of monthly profits will go back to the Fearvana Foundation to continue their work. They are currently aiming to raise $15,000 in the next several months to sponsor building a new water well in the region of Bahr el Ghazal in South Sudan.
Fearvana Yoga has the same teachers as House Yoga and the same mission of making yoga non-intimidating, fun, and accessible to all levels. “We are committed to providing and teaching the full-spectrum of yoga through eight different classes ranging from the least physical intensity to high physical intensity” Recio stated. “The practice of yoga can be a physical practice building strength, endurance, flexibility, and stamina- but one that can also reduce stress and tension through the mental and emotional exercise of slowing the mind and nervous system down. Fearvana Yoga provides students a whole practice to gain all of its benefits.”
The studio has been designed as Recio said to be a “premier yoga studio” which features three separate rooms for yoga. The Alpha studio is over 1000 sq. ft featuring two garage-style windows facing the Boulevard that can open to the ceiling for full outdoor airflow to help ease coronavirus concerns. Abiding with the current restrictions, only eleven students are permitted in each class with more than six-feet of space between mats. The Beta studio is equipped with four infrared panels for hot yoga for the more advanced classes. The last room is the Omega studio for one-on-one yoga instruction. Fearvana Yoga also has a laundry and cleaning area to properly wash and sanitize all bolsters, blankets, straps, blocks, and all other props that students use.
To initiate Fearvana Yoga's Grand Opening which will take place Sunday, October 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Kenilworth Mayor Linda Karlovitch. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be on Friday, October 16 in front of the studio at 4:30 p.m. At the Grand Opening on Sunday the studio will be open for visitors to see the space and learn more about the classes and specials. Akshay Nanavati, author of the book Fearvana: The Revolutionary Science of How to Turn Fear into Health, Wealth, and Happiness will be doing a talk about what Fearvana is at 9:30 a.m. 100 free and signed copies of his book will be given out all weekend. Nanavati's book is also available for sale at the studio and on Amazon with all book sale proceeds going to the Fearvana Foundation.