Firefly Yoga Studio to go on the road; Satya Moon Yoga to open in its place

WICHITA — Firefly Yoga Studio owner Nickki Head is taking her business on the road.

“I have decided to sell the studio space to my lead instructor,” Head says of Katerina Gavin. “It’ll be a really smooth transition.”

Gavin is renaming the studio, which is in the Shops at Tallgrass at 21st and Rock Road, Satya Moon Yoga. That loosely translates to unchanging truth or absolute truth.

Head opened Firefly three and a half years ago and added a west-side studio in 2012. The west-side space, which is at at 2313 Zoo Park Blvd., is closing at the end of this month.

The east-side studio will close Aug. 31 and reopen as Satya Sept. 1.

Head then will move to Denver where she has family and, at least initially, do guest teaching at various yoga studios around the Midwest.

“Owning a studio kind of ties you down to one location,” Head says. “I really just want to keep traveling with it right now.”

Head says it’s been a fantastic run here.

“I’ll be sad to leave Wichita but definitely excited for the next chapter in my life.”

Lululemon Athletica trunk show could eventually lead to showroom and storefront

WICHITA — A trunk show today, a storefront tomorrow?

It won’t happen that quickly, but the fact that Lululemon Athletica is having another trunk show here today gives hope that Wichita one day will have one of the stores here.

“If the trunk shows do well, they think about putting in a showroom in Wichita,” says Nickki Head, whose east-side Firefly Yoga Studio is hosting the show.

“That’s how it works,” she says.

After a few trunk shows, Head says, “Then the next step is a showroom.”

That’s a small retail space that’s open Thursday through Saturday only.

If that’s successful after a year or two, then there’s a chance for a permanent storefront.

“There’s, like, this huge process,” Head says.

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Firefly Yoga Studio owner Nickki Head to open west-side studio

WICHITA — A year and a half after opening Firefly Yoga Studio in the Shops at Tallgrass at 21st and Rock Road, Nickki Head is preparing to open a second studio on the west side.

“We just got such an enormous amount of requests for a west-side location,” Head says. “You know Wichita. It’s so east side and west side.”

Firefly Yoga Studio West will be in 1,200 square feet at 2313 Zoo Park Blvd., which is across from the entrance to the Sedgwick County Zoo.

“We’re kind of marketing it as, like, simple space, no distraction,” Head says.

The first class will be Dec. 1.

Head says her initial plan was to start small with one location and see how people liked the yoga she offers.

“It’s blown up. People are loving it and loving the benefits of it.”

So what’s next? Downtown? Delano?

“Stay tuned,” Head says. “That’s every owner’s dream to try to be in each little nugget of the Wichita community.”

She appreciates that there’s interest.

“I’m lucky enough that the Wichita community has supported us this far … that a second studio is even an opportunity,” Head says. “Best-case scenario is what’s happening here. Dreams come true.”

BlueChip Spine & Sports Specialists plans east-side open house while also working on west-side space

WICHITA — Chiropractor Casey Hummel is having an open house next week for his new east-side BlueChip Spine & Sports Specialists and is working on opening a west-side location next month.

Hummel’s business is what he calls a chiropractic sports rehab facility. He mainly treats sports injuries but will work on any patient.

Hummel specializes in soft tissue work with something called an active-release technique. He’ll also do traditional chiropractic adjustments as needed.

“Sometimes people don’t even realize I’m a chiropractor.”

He says the technique “really feels more like a stretch, like a fine-tuned stretch.”

“It’s really been effective and really opened a lot of doors for us clinically.”

Hummel is a Wichita-area native but had been working in Dallas when a professional athlete here called him seeking help for his back.

Five years ago, Hummel moved back and opened BlueChip within Pure-Formance Sports & Fitness Training Center in Andover.

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Firefly Yoga Studio to open in former Bradley Paper space at Shops at Tallgrass

Firefly Yoga Studio owner Nickki Head.

WICHITA — Former  Siva Power Yoga teacher Nickki Head is opening her own studio in the former Bradley Paper space at the Shops at Tallgrass.

“I just wanted to spread my wings,” she says of opening Firefly Yoga Studio in May.

Head says she still has a great relationship with Siva, which is where she trained and got certified.

Firefly’s tag line is “Find Your Yoga Glow,” which Head says is a reference to “this kind of glow you get after class.”

“At the end of my class  . . . I always say that I hope they take this yoga glow with them throughout the rest of the evening and into a peaceful night sleep,” Head says.

April Reed of Slawson Cos., the Tallgrass developer, handled the deal for the 3,542-square-foot space.

Head’s website, www.fireflyyoga.com, and Facebook page will be ready in a week or so.

She plans to teach a variety of classes seven days a week, such as a beginner’s class, prenatal yoga, a hot yoga series, which Head says “allows your body to immediately detox,” and a vinyasa flow yoga, which “is kind of relaxing, kind of just (to) get your blood flowing.”

Head even plans some classes by candlelight and with live acoustic music.

“There’s so many different styles of yoga, and I just want people to know this is just . . . laid back,” she says.

“Everybody’s welcome.”