NUTLEY, NJ- You could feel the positive energy flowing down Franklin Avenue on Saturday afternoon as Nutley’s newest business, Good Vibes Vinyasa Yoga and Kombucha Bar, held a formal Grand Opening celebration.
The festivities at the modern studio included complimentary yoga classes, a live band, Kombucha samples and refreshments from Vilardo's Deli.  The studio opened in Nutley Center last month, continuing a trend of growth and revitalization in the region.
For owner and Nutley homeowner Michael Giaimo, Good Vibes is all about strengthening minds, bodies, and the community spirit.  
“I want to do this yoga practice 100 percent and I really want to serve people,” Giaimo.
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It was an interesting road that led Giaimo to start Good Vibes, which had been in the back of his mind for quite some time.  
“I was at a wedding last summer and was talking to a math professor from Rowan University and he said, ‘what would you want to do if money wasn’t the object?’  I said, ‘I love doing yoga with my friends.’  His answer was, ‘why don’t you open a yoga studio?’”  
That’s when the spark was ignited and the plans to create Good Vibes began.
“I had thought of doing it a million times,” explained Giaimo.  “Eventually, the whole plan just came into my head one day.”
The dream came to fruition and culminated Saturday as Giaimo hosted the function at his studio where the public got to meet artists and Good Vibes instructors, all of whom are residents.
A benefit concert was held after the yoga festival with Indie rock band Above the Moon, where over $1,000 was raised for Nutley Family Service Bureau’s Food Pantry.  The funds will be used for the purchase of fresh and perishable foods for the pantry.

Good Vibes focuses primarily on Vinyasa Yoga but offers a variety of classes for all levels, including Hot Vinyasa Yoga, Non-Hot Vinyasa Yoga, Beginner Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Kids, Yin Yang Yoga, and Kundalini, an Eastern spiritual mind and body practice.
“I can do this, and I can serve people and I can enjoy it,” Giaimo added.  “It’s been the biggest challenge of my life but I’m ready.”
Good Vibes is located at 237 Franklin Avenue in Nutley, near Mathnasium.  More information can be found at is the only locally owned news organization serving the Township of Nutley, and is a member of the New Jersey Press Association. 

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