Cause of the Month - ZYB will pick a cause each month to focus on and bring awareness to. We will donate the proceeds of our community classes to this cause as well as provide donation opportunities for our students who would like to engage in giving back.
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'Cause of the Month'
In the past we have donated to the following organizations. Thank you for helping to make the world a better place!
Restavec Freedom Alliance
Move for Meaning
American Cancer Society
Social Services of Farmington (Toy Drive)
Bristol & Farmington Food Banks
Veterans Yoga Project
Zen Yoga Barre Media and News
Good Times at the 5K along Winding Trails in Support of Amy's Angels!
For the month of April we had a Yoga for Runners/Walkers on Thursday 4/27 from 4:30-5:30 in support of Amy's Angels and helped raise $250 just from our effort alone! Thank you to all who supported the effort.
Successful Fundraising Event for Unionville Public School Helped raise $200 dollars!
Mother and Daughter Team Bring Zen Yoga Barre to Burlington
Zen Yoga Barre, a boutique yoga, Barre and wellness center, moves to Burlington, Conn., on April 29 and will be the town’s first yoga and Barre studio
UNIONVILLE, CONN. April 22, 2019 – Robin McPhee and her daughter Megan Moriarty will open Zen Yoga Barre at 262 Spielman Highway in Burlington Center on April 29. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday, May 11. ZYB offers classes for all yoga levels, from beginner to power, as well as Barre classes and the studio’s unique Barre and yoga combo classes. The new Burlington space is bigger than the original Unionville location and will be able to accommodate more students, workshops and events.
Most of ZYB’s teachers will relocate to Burlington, and the studio is adding HIIT (high intensity interval training) and Zumba classes to the schedule because, according to Moriarty, their students want options. ZYB recently hired Zumba instructor Ashley Longo, who has been teaching the dance-inspired exercise class for the past nine years.
Along with a studio for classes, the Burlington location will also have a lounge and boutique. Red light therapy, which uses specific wavelengths of light to treat skin and boost collagen, is another service offered. ZYB will also hold a 200-hour yoga teacher training in the fall led by ZYB vinyasa teacher Kelly Peterson.
The Unionville studio’s last day of classes will be April 25.
“We’ve grown so much over the last three years and we’re still growing,” said ZYB owner McPhee, who completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training through Cross Roads at Soul Space Yoga and received her Total Barre certification through C2 Pilates.
McPhee didn’t want her teachers and students (who come from Unionville, Farmington, Burlington, Bristol, Avon and Canton) to have to travel far. She said as soon as she saw the Burlington Center property, she knew it was perfect.
“Besides being so close to Unionville, Burlington is filled with runners and bikers. But there wasn’t a yoga studio here,” said McPhee. The Bristol resident said she’s passionate about bringing yoga into new communities. “Plus, Burlington is where I raised my children. I have special memories here,” she said.
One of those children is now helping McPhee run ZYB. Moriarty completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Sattva School in Tampa, Florida, and she received her Barre training at Total Barre. She’s also a certified personal trainer and personal growth coach. Moriarty relocated from Tampa to Avon in January to help her mother run ZYB and to teach classes and workshops.
“I’m looking forward to ZYB's next chapter,” said Moriarty. “I’m excited to share my knowledge of mind, body and spirit with people from my hometown. I think it’s going to be great for Burlington to have a place where people can go to center themselves without having to venture far.”
Another draw to the Burlington Center property is their new neighbor – Dr. Amy Piana at Burlington Chiropractic. McPhee said many of her students come to yoga looking to heal their injuries. She believes chiropractic and yoga therapies “complement each other very well” and is excited to collaborate with Piana.
McPhee emphasized that though the studio is bigger, what isn’t changing is the small community feel ZYB has built over the past three years.
“I love the community at Zen Yoga Barre,” said Linda Winterbottom, a member since the studio first opened. “Robin and all the instructors always make you feel welcome and like you’re an important member of their community.”
“I just love Zen Yoga Barre and wouldn't want to support another place,” said Suzi Robotham, another student. “I love the atmosphere and positive vibes the teachers bring to every class.”
ZYB’s grand opening on May 11 will include a free yoga class and an opportunity to meet the staff and tour the center. There will be a sale on class packages, memberships and merchandise from the boutique. But even for those who can’t make it to the open house, ZYB always offers new students a complementary first class.