By Allison Collins
GUILFORD – Suzette Hayes, owner of Black Horse Yoga Studio in Guilford, will welcome preexisting and prospective clients to the Saturday, Jan. 6 and Sunday, Jan. 7 grand opening of her new, dedicated studio space at 742 Gospel Hill Road, Guilford.
The building, constructed to accommodate Hayes’ growing clientele, maintains the charm of her initial, in-home studio, begun in 2009. Before focusing all her energies on yoga instruction, Hayes was the longtime village clerk for Unadilla.
Beyond the spacious, 36 ft. by 36 ft. practice area complete with beam-mounted hooks for aerial yoga hammocks, electric fireplace and wall-to-wall windows, the new studio includes space for reiki, acupuncture, ayurvedic and massage treatments and a kitchen for Hayes’ nutrition counseling sessions.
Hayes said her introduction to yoga came early in life, after she “peeked around corners” to watch a visiting, Californian aunt perform her own practice. Hayes, who took up yoga in the ‘80s, said she continued honing her own skills for years before considering instruction.
“I used to fill in in Bainbridge for my own yoga instructor, John Stowe,” she said. “He is the one who actually pushed me into (instructing).”
In the intervening years, Hayes said, she has earned certifications through various yoga training schools and completed more than 1,200 training hours. As part of that, Hayes said, she has studied human anatomy and physiology extensively to better equip her to not only teach the postures of yoga, but also adjust and tailor each practice to its participants.