By Taylor Shunk
Most people are sleeping at 5am but not Kassie Donovan and Kaila Muncy, owners of Ashtanga Yoga 302. The studio opens at 5:30 but they “like to be ready for the early birds,” said Donovan. Best friends for over 15 years, the two women opened the Milford yoga studio in May of 2017. Their love of yoga began in high school and blossomed into a passion. They both went on to trade schools, college and yoga training. Muncy works full time as a massage therapist and part time as a bartender. Donovan is a full time as a hair stylist and makeup artist. Yet, they both feel that teaching yoga is their true calling.
“I love massage,” said Muncy but “since I finished my yoga training I can’t not teach.”
“Milford needed this,” said Donovan after asked her why they chose to open the studio here. “Our goal is to build a community.” They both grew up in Milford and love everything about the town. The family atmosphere at the studio can be felt by all. Everyone is welcoming and most students will interrupt their own practice to greet someone who just walked in. Even Muncy’s dog Poncho, the unofficial Ashtanga 302 mascot, will say hello if she is there.
Ashtanga yoga is the “original Vinyasa yoga,” said Donovan. They teach the Mysore style which is the same set of poses that builds on itself. They realize it can be a bit intimidating to start which is why they are very accommodating to everyone especially to beginners. “We just want everyone who starts to come for two weeks so it becomes a habit,” said Donovan. “I can’t stress enough you just need to walk through the doors.” Although yoga is exercise, it’s also great for your mind. “You hold so much stress in your body,” said Muncy. “You need to come to yoga to learn how to balance everything.”
They also offer a few other types of yoga such as restorative, improve flow and led classes. They just wrapped up Sunday morning yoga in the park but some outdoor fall themed classes are in the works for the near future. There is even a 3 month unlimited yoga challenge starting in October. The top 3 winners win 2 free months at the studio.
Their hopes for the future is for “every Mysore class to have a ton of people in it,” said Donovan. Muncy agrees, “The energy is amazing and thrilling when everyone is together.” It’s that energy that makes Ashtantaga Yoga 302 a Milford kind of place.
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