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Finding Balance for Total Wellness at The Yoga Fusion Studio

Jun 11, 2013 04:24AM

The Yoga Fusion Studio has a deep tradition of providing sanctuary and wellness to Bethesda Chevy Chase, offering yoga and pilates classes, as well as unique services and workshops. Celebrating its 3rd anniversary this month, the studio was founded by Laura Urgelles, former principal dancer with the Washington Ballet and 3-time Kona Triathlon finisher, Bill Beyer.

During the time she was with the Washington Ballet, Urgelles would run across the street from the company's rehearsal studio each evening, despite the eight hours of dancing she had just completed. "I would be exhausted afterwards but the morning ballet classes were so much easier". Urgelles soon completed a yoga teacher training and began teaching whenever she was not dancing full time. Drawn to the vinyasa yoga style with its fluidity and breath-guided movements, Urgelles found that yoga was helping her ballet career.

Bill Beyer was an avid triathlete who had completed seven Ironman by the time he and Urgelles met in 2006. He also practiced yoga as cross-training both on and off triathlon season and supported Urgelles when she decided to retire from her 20 year career in dance and take up the practice of yoga full-time.

The decision to open the Yoga Fusion Studio was serendipitous.  The space had been the home to the area’s first ballet school and it was the same studio in which Urgelles obtained her yoga teacher certification.  Their vision was to carry on the work of the previous owners who had been her teachers – to foster a place in which students felt safe and cared for, while growing a yoga practice that cultivated strong bodies and calmness of mind and spirit. They also brought more variety by offering classes in meditation, zumba and aerial yoga and wellness services such as massage therapy and bodywork like Reiki, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, and zero balancing.

In addition to the 19 regular teachers, some of whom are also former dancers, the Yoga Fusion Studio is fortunate to periodically welcome renowned teachers like Max Strom, Sage Rountree and Lauren Peterson as guests. Both heated and unheated yoga classes are offered for all levels of experience and include gentle and prenatal yoga. The studio’s diverse workshops and in depth trainings complement full class offerings throughout the year. As a way to engage and give back to the community, the studio offers a weekly yoga community class and a bi-weekly meditation class, as well as fundraising events for various organizations including Avon Walk and Autism Speaks.

Together with their team of teachers and practitioners, The Yoga Fusion Studio offers an oasis of calm and wellness in the heart of Bethesda and Chevy Chase. Urgelles and Beyer explained, “We believe that our members have created a community that supports each other. Our space offers a service to the stay at home mom, to the working mom, to the busy business person, and to the lifelong yogi. That service is the best we can provide in support, love and energy. Here you will find a welcoming environment that offers something for everyone. Our students draw calmness, wellbeing, confidence and inspiration from the extraordinary benefits of their practice and the services they receive!”

The Yoga Fusion Studio is located at 4609 Willow Ln, Bethesda. To learn more about the Yoga Fusion Studio, visit


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