Oct. 7, 2020 update:
Grace Yoga Studio's scheduled event at Stone Prairie has been postponed due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the area. A makeup date will be announced at a later time.
Oct. 1, 2020
By David Nordby
The Brillion News
BRILLION – Grace Yoga Studio is teaming up with Stone Prairie to bring a night of yoga, wine and cheese to Brillion next Friday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m.
Yoga will be held in one of the heated open-air pavilions at Stone Prairie to start the night.
“The second I went out there I just was completely stunned with the space and thought, well, this would be a really nice way for people to enjoy some yoga, do something outside, appreciate the outdoors,” Grace Yoga Studio owner Jaci Stempski said.
Stempski went to school with members of the Ariens family and reconnected with Elise Ariens while attending a wedding. Elise Ariens is part of the Ariens Hospitality Group that runs the Stone Prairie venue. It opened earlier this year and the group has hopes of bringing a variety of events to Brillion.
“We just decided to put something together and make it really fun and a socially responsible event,” Stempski said. The event in Brillion is an opportunity for Grace Yoga Studio to venture further into hosting events offsite from its downtown Green Bay location, including more in Brillion.
“If this one goes well, we’ll continue to do things. They do have the capability of heating the pavilion so I think that will allow us to possibly expand it to other months,” Stempski said.
After the yoga session, there will be fires lit and attendees can walk the grounds or picnic.
“They can kind of hang out for as long as they’d like,” Stempski said.
Stempski will teach the yoga at the event. She said she is hoping for plenty of faces from the Brillion area to attend.
Grace Yoga Studio has been in existence since 2013. The yoga world has grown even more in the last seven years.
“It’s gotten really big. You can pretty much pair it with anything. Now people are looking to take care of their health and wellness so it’s a nice way to get a lot of things off the list. It’s a good way to socialize, it’s a good workout, it’s a great community, it helps you with your mindfulness, practices concentration,” Stempski said. “It’s certainly expanded beyond just doing yoga in your living room by yourself. It’s really become more of a lifestyle thing to do.”
Grace Yoga Studio holds socially distanced yoga sessions at Gather on Broadway in Green Bay. Gather is an indoor event space that serves as the studio’s new location. They also offer prerecorded sessions and live virtual sessions.
Stempski asks that those who wish to attend the Brillion event register on the company’s website graceyogastudio.com. Attendees must bring their own yoga mat.
This article was first seen in the Oct. 1, 2020 print edition of The Brillion News.