Opening her own yoga studio was Suzanne Chew's dream for the past four years. As a classically trained dancer and avid runner, yoga became part of Chew's life when she became pregnant with her first child. After that, she was hooked.
"I love movement, I love to dance - I feel when I'm on my mat and I'm in my own world, it reminds me of when I was dancing," said Chew, of Ocean City. "I took my daughter to mommy-and-me (yoga) classes, and I felt like that was my calling. That's when I decided I'm going to get my certification and teach."
That was about four years ago. Chew started looking for studio space, but the timing was wrong. She was planning to have another child and thought expanding her business, Yoga Ginger, at that time would be too much. Chew continued to teach private lessons.
Recently, Chew was speaking to a friend and owner of August Heart, located on the 700 block of Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. The home decor and accessory shop was relocating, and the former space was opening up.
"Kim moved right next door, and she suggested I could come (use the old space)," Chew said. "I loved the spot, and I've known Kim forever, so the building is sentimental to me."
Chew said the studio space boasts old windows and natural light, two aspects she loves.
The building is also symbolic to Chew. She said her favorite number, 15 can be found in the address, by adding together the individual numbers, 717.
"I'm big on symbolism and good vibes, and this is the place I want to be," Chew said.
Chew named the business after her late grandmother, Ginger, which is also the middle name of her oldest daughter.
"Ginger was my grandmother. … She's like my best friend. I spent so much time with her when I was child, we were a very tight family," Chew said.
Yoga Ginger offers hot and warm Vinyasa Flow classes, as well as a mommy-and-me class. Chew is also planning to offer a yoga-run-yoga class, which starts inside with Vinyasa, then moves outside for up to a mile-long run, then returns to the studio and focuses on the hamstrings.
For now, Chew plans to teach all of the classes herself.
"I'm happy I have my own place and do what I want to do," Chew said. "I have a positive attitude and outlook on life. What more can I ask for? I'm in the town that I live in, can ride a bike to work, it's great."
Visit Yogaginger.com for a class schedule and more information.
Contact Devin Loring: