Yoga studio opens in downtown Batavia

Dan Shanahan took advantage of the final time this century that the three digits of the date matched and opened his yoga studio on Dec. 12, 2012 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:12 p.m.

His studio, A Journey Om, is located at 109 E. Wilson St.

Shanahan recently sat down with the Republican to talk about his new endeavor.

What is yoga?
Yoga is the union of body, breath and spirit where one nurtures peace and love inside in order to manifest peace and love outside. Yoga affects the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual realms of the body to return the body to a state of balance and harmony with Nature and Divinity. The broadest goal of Yoga is to reintegrate and clarify one’s vision while removing the false perceptions and obstacles that block the pursuit of real freedom.

How would yoga benefit people in the area?
The benefits of Yoga are unlimited when we surrender our thoughts and ego to embrace our light and dharma. Yoga is a slow, reflective process whose benefit is derived from the process itself. One gains the knowledge and awareness of what to do, what to give up, what to change, and when to do so. As one practices yoga, the purpose of being and doing, or dharma, is allowed to reveal itself through one's light and love.

Why was now a good time to open A Journey Om in Batavia?
There is no better time than the present to love and serve others. In addition, with regard to purpose and deadlines, I was guided by unparalleled faith to open a Yoga studio on 12.12.12. It really is a miracle that A Journey Om opened on Dec. 12, 2012.

How has business been, so far? What services do you offer?

A Journey Om is growing every day as it offers a safe, warm and comforting community space where are all one, grounded and connected as human beings, rather than being divided, scheduled, and scattered as human doings. A Journey Om provides Yoga classes for beginner to advanced students, private session, and workshops. The first step is inside.

What is your background?
My background, deep and diverse, has a foundation of unconditional love and indentured servitude that supports a desire to help guide others on their journey om. I have been teaching Yoga for nearly four years. I received my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Yoga Gyan Jyoti, and I am registered with Yoga Alliance. In addition, I am a Reiki practitioner, musician, and I used to be that “crazy guy on BATV.”

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