Celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year, Tru Yoga, located at 696 South Ave, is an open and inviting space where new yoga students and expert practitioners alike feel welcome and inspired. Owners Lindsay and Pete Nabozny believe strongly in making studio yoga classes accessible to all.
Like many small business owners in the Wedge, they both wear many hats. Both have full-time day jobs in addition to a toddler; Lindsay is a housing planner for the City of Rochester and Pete is Director of Policy for The Children’s Agenda. They depend heavily on their studio manager, Liz Laneri, to keep things running smoothly at Tru Yoga on a day-to-day basis.
What got them into yoga? Lindsay says, “I first tried it when a friend took me to a Bikram yoga class in Buffalo around 2006. In Bikram classes the room is heated to over 100 degrees. Some people love that, but I hated it and did not continue. Shortly after, I moved to New York City, and I started practicing at a Vinyasa, or “flow” studio about once a week. Discovering that style of yoga was a revelation - yoga can feel good! I was working long hours and I found it to be a lovely way to end the day. It was a form of exercise that I found challenging, yet also centered me. Pete also did some yoga in Brooklyn, he is a runner and wanted to improve his flexibility. But he had been practicing very sporadically before we took over Tru. The improvement for him has been remarkable. He could barely touch his knees and now when he folds forward he can touch his toes!”
In 2012 while they were living in Brooklyn, ownership of Tru Yoga fell into their hands through a family connection to the then-owner of Tru Yoga. He was looking for someone to take over the studio since he was not able to dedicate the time needed to operate the studio on a full time basis. “We were very fortunate that Tru turned out to have great teachers and a wonderful student community!” says Lindsay.
What makes yoga a good choice for people looking for a path to a healthier lifestyle? ”In addition to improving strength and flexibility, yoga helps you to slow down and truly take time to care for yourself, which I think is essential to making positive lifestyle changes. For many, the benefits are both physical and mental, and yoga doesn’t require that you be able to stand on your head to do it right - you just have to breathe. Personally my “ah-ha” moment came from taking yoga classes that instructors were also taking as students. I am not an instructor. I noticed that instructors don’t always do the hardest variation of a pose, or they might take a child’s pose and rest. Your yoga practice can be whatever you need that day and you don’t have to overexert or strain yourself to reap yoga’s benefits.” says Lindsay.