For years, Lindsey Volz has thought about wellness. She’s thought about the comfort she senses in her own body when she plays sports such as volleyball, basketball and swimming, and she’s contemplated the way good nutrition bolsters that affirmative feeling.
She’s also explored how she can help others arrive at similar experiences.
“I’ve always felt very calm and excited at the same time using my body,” Volz said. “And I noticed early on that that isn’t always the case for people.”
Helping to share that feeling has become a kind of quest for Volz.
“The more I understood myself and realized this brings me to life, the more I wanted to share it because I wanted people to see that they have it within them too,” she said. “We just needed to know how to get to the point where they got what they needed.”
Volz is the founder and owner of Find Your Yoga – A Wellness Studio, at 2012 Vanesta Place. The studio opened up this past July.
Volz is among the four certified yoga teachers in the studio, teachers whose certifications included at least 200 hours of training.
Volz has also earned her Applied Functional Medicine Certification. It’s an online certification with more than 600 clinical hours of training, she explained, that helps her to navigate people’s histories as she works with them toward better health.
“It’s approaching the person as an individual and looking at how their histories contribute to their present state of wellness,” she said.
At Kansas State University, Volz plunged into nutrition and kinesiology, earning a dual bachelor’s degree in both of those areas about a decade ago. Her rangy health background nourishes a wide-reaching emphasis on wellness in the studio. As the studio grows, she plans to work with mental health therapists, dieticians and other health practitioners who can share their thoughts and experiences with clients.
“I want it to be about wellness,” Volz said, stressing that she wants to focus on a person’s deeper condition of well-being and not on physical appearance or other elements of what she called “the ego.”
“I’ve tried to take that obstacle out of it by not letting any cameras in the space,” she said. “I want to make it a safe space so people feel free to let the ego go.”
She stressed the importance of “telling people they have the option to take the practice into their own hands” outside the studio and ensuring that the space allows people to feel at ease while they’re there.
“The painting on the ceiling is supposed to make you feel free to open up but also to feel held,” she said. “And the plants help you to let go of the structure of the building so you can find your own flow.” Soft light and an earth-toned laminated vinyl floor also contribute to the calming atmosphere, she explained.
Volz, who grew up in South Kansas City – a neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri – started a health and wellness consulting business called “Beyond the Desk” about six years ago, after she’d moved to Manhattan. She worked with yoga and other health practitioners throughout the area during that time.
Her husband, Travis Volz, headed up the construction of the new building, which includes a studio that faces east – with a wall-sized window – and into the sunrise during early morning sessions. The building includes smaller spaces, as well, including a room for a sauna.
“My husband and I drew the place, and he did the construction,” she said.
Travis Volz is a project manager at Sage Homes, in Manhattan.
The new building is compliant with the American With Disabilities Act, Lindsey Volz said, and people with disabilities are welcome to come to classes or to email her with questions.
Volz described the range of classes as broad, including sessions for beginners and extending to sessions that incorporate more advanced movement. Among the classes is family yoga.
Donna Scheele, one of the four certified yoga teachers, has worked with Volz as a colleague and as a client for several years.
“She’s very knowledgeable, and she takes a common-sense approach to (the teaching),” Scheele said. “She’s mindful of her students and has their best interests in mind.”
Scheele stressed that Volz looks out for students’ safety during classes – something Scheele said she focuses closely on, as well. Scheele, senior vice president at United Bank & Trust in Manhattan, also noted how teaching yoga cultivates her own work life.
“It’s rewarding to see a group of people coming into a yoga class and feeling better by the time they leave,” she said.
Volz acknowledged that striving for good health sometimes comes at a financial cost – through eating healthier foods as well as attending yoga and other wellness-oriented classes. She said she’s donated to mental health organizations that make it easier for people to gain access to such resources.
She also noted a plan she’s put into motion. She said that people who come to yoga at 6 a.m. on Monday mornings can take the class for free. There’s one caveat, though: They need to bring a written mantra each time they come.
“If you put pen to paper and you believe in it … I’m good with that,” she said. “What I’m looking for is something that shows me that you’ve thought about your future and you are putting your best foot forward to work toward your wellness.”