Urban Oasis Yoga Studio to open in Delano

WICHITA — A new yoga studio is going in the former Siva Power Yoga space at 535 W. Douglas in Delano.

Lori Morton is opening Urban Oasis Yoga Studio in 2,326 square feet on Jan. 1.

“We’re doing our first class at four o’clock,” Morton says.

It’ll be free to introduce people to the studio.

Morton says she’s made a number of changes to the space, such as adding mirrors.

Stephanie Wiens and Shannon Palmer of Occidental Management handled the deal for the space.

In addition to the studio space, Morton says there will be a relaxation area with spa water, a boutique and “some different, fun things.”

She plans on offering a variety of yoga classes, such as hot yoga, a dance fusion class, yoga for beginners and praise and worship yoga classes during which she says she’ll take donations for World Impact.

Morton also will offer stand-up paddle yoga at the Wichita Swim Club in the winter and various lakes and other water in the summer.

“I’m just hoping that people will be able to find a class that serves them well.”

Starting Block swim shop to open second store on west side

WICHITA — For five years, Tammy Riffel has had the Starting Block swim shop at the Wichita Swim Club at 8323 E. Douglas.

And for five years, she’s been silently studying.

“I just kind of sat back and observed,” Riffel says.

She’s seen a need for another shop, this time on the west side.

So she’s opening her second Starting Block in February at 1444 N. Maize Road, just north of 13th and Maize.

“This is going to be so nice,” she says of the roomy 1,300 square feet she’ll have.

That compares with 500 square feet at her first shop.

Riffel says being at the Wichita Swim Club is great, but she says, “There’s so many people that don’t know that I’m there.”

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