LEXINGTON -- When Stephanie Campbell does something, she’s willing to go the distance.
Whether she’s running a 50K or 100K ultramarathon, or opening her own business, Campbell believes hard work and plenty of preparation can get her across the finish line. On Saturday, Nov. 24, the Lexington woman celebrated the grand opening of Ultra -- Yoga and Massage with a holiday party.
The word “ultra” doesn’t relate to a type of yoga, but instead means “beyond.” The inspiration for the name came from the ultramarathons, or any run longer than a marathon. Campbell is a frequent participant in such events.
The studio is located at 308 E. Main St., directly between the laundromat and Allure Studios Hair and Day Spa -- in the same plaza as ABC Kitchen and The Happy Grape Wine Bar and Bistro.
Campbell was first introduced to yoga when running cross country in high school, and it became a significant part of her routine.
“I started doing yoga to stretch out my hamstrings, and it was just so calming, it was very relaxing, so I stuck with it,” she said.
She became certified in her early 20s and began teaching classes across Richland County. She previously taught in Bellville and Lexington, but up until this past weekend, she’s never had her own location.
“I used to teach the classes, and people were asking me to come back to teaching them after I had him,” she said, pointing to her 18-month-old son, Dillon who was bouncing in her lap. “I saw this location was open, and I thought it was a perfect location being near ABC Kitchen and the Happy Grape.
"I knew it was something I could work with.”
She also has three other children, 10-year-old Kelley, 12-year-old River and 15-year-old Schyler. Yoga, she said, helps her “stay as calm as possible.”
Campbell and her husband, Sheldon, remodeled the studio before the grand opening by painting the ceilings and walls and installing new flooring in one room.
Campbell offers classes at 5:30 and 7 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday, and at 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Registration is required, and can be filled out at facebook.com/ultrayogamassage or ultrayam.massageplanet.com. Classes cost $10 per person.
Some classes are designed for beginners, while others are meant for more experienced people or for runners.
Ultra -- Yoga and Massage will also offer 60-minute massages for $65 and 90-minute massages for $90. Hours are by appointment only, and referrals are required for some.
Campbell says she is especially able to work with injuries using trigger-point and stretching exercises.
Chair massages cost $50 per hour, Campbell is available to go to businesses or events to offer these massages.
Once a month, she’ll combine the two services for a yoga and massage class featuring restorative yoga.
“With each pose, while you’re holding it, I go around and give everyone a partial massage, and by the end of it, you’ve had a full body massage,” Campbell said.
For more information, call or text 419-632-0762.