ONTARIO — The entities at Oui Integrated Wellness and Yoga Cooperative are separate, but they share the same goal: help improve the wellness of others.
Oui is a new member-owned and operated wellness facility opening at the Richland Mall this September. Current members include Lynn Friebel, Tammy Hartman, Deb McDaniel and Amy Wagner, though they anticipate additional members coming aboard.
Oui is located in the former laser tag center, “Lazer Warz,” and former Hollister. Renovations on the 6,500-square-foot space began in August and have been a team effort, according to McDaniel.
“All of our families have been very involved… and it’s just been a group effort to make this happen,” McDaniel said.
There’s a saying, “There's no oui without u and i,” which Oui members have embraced. Oui, pronounced like “we,” is a French word for yes.
The Oui members have tried to not overcomplicate how the co-op operates.
“We’re member-owned and member-run. Each member sits on our board of directors and we all have voting power. And it's really just as simple as that,” McDaniel said.
“We're just these wonderful integrated health and wellness people that are under one roof, so how easy and convenient for people,” Hartman added.
As an integrative health coach, Lynn Friebel assists people in exploring their relationship with food, movement, sleep and stress. She is also the founder of Adeva Fit in Shelby.
Lynn Friebel, 55, has a half-glass-full attitude when presented with trials and tribulations.
Her concentration, she said, is on relaxation and healing modalities with Avedva through UZIT (urban zen integrative therapy) and reiki sessions. She also leads restorative yoga and Yamuna body rolling exercises, which help align the body, prevent breakdowns and heal existing ones, and improve bone quality.
Friebel aims to create a space for healing from addictions, depression, pain, anxiety, insomnia, digestion issues, as well as foster an environment of relaxation through energy sessions with reiki, essential oils and sound.
Tammy Hartman is a registered nurse with over 20 years of experience in traditional health care.
After having many back problems, health issues and a fibromyalgia diagnosis, she wasn’t satisfied with the western medical model. She sought after alternative and complementary methods and discovered Chinese medicine, energy medicine and essential oils that have helped her release the energetic blocks causing the issues.
“We have this inner healing, inner energy inside that you just need to free up,” she said.
Hartman has practiced energy medicine for close to 10 years.
“I do acupuncture without the needles, so it’s acupressure,” she said. “It's a way of balancing muscles with meridians and restoring the flow in the body so it heals like it can.”
Deb McDaniel is a certified yoga instructor, reiki practitioner and pain science yoga instructor. She’s practiced yoga for over 40 years.
“My mother, bless her heart, got me into yoga when I was just a kid, and she did yoga all the way up until she was 96 years old,” she said.
While working as a physical education teacher at Lexington Local Schools, she taught yoga to her students. She retired after 40 years in education as a school administrator, physical education teacher, consultant and adjunct professor.
After officially becoming a yoga instructor and reiki practitioner in 2014, she turned her attention to developing and providing classes geared toward helping individuals overcome blocked energy in the body, mind and spirit.
She’s taught gentle Hatha yoga; Hatha yoga for chronic pain, anxiety and trauma; Hatha Chakra balancing yoga; yoga4cancer; and Yoga for the 12 Step Plan.
"I started teaching here and there and, you know, you develop your own pattern and routine for yoga classes, and so finding that niche took me a few years, but I've kind of worked it down into what I call ‘yoga for’s,’ she said. “We're doing yoga for cancer, we're doing yoga for kids, we do yoga for restorative, yoga for chronic pain.”
Just recently she was introduced to slow yoga.
“I’ll be teaching that on Sunday afternoons, along with some Chakra balancing and some reiki, so everybody leaves on Sunday afternoon pretty relaxed,” she said.
Amy Wagner is a licensed massage therapist of 14 years. She started her career in physical therapy and worked at a chiropractor’s office for about 15 years.
She offers therapeutic massage, relaxation massage, stone massage, cupping and trigger points.
“I actually she got into massage therapy because I had an injury and it helped,” she said.
Oui members plan to have the space open for business by mid-September.
McDaniel’s first yoga class, yoga4cancer, starts Sept. 18 and 19 for eight consecutive weeks. It will be held on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. The cost is $15 per class or $105 for all eight classes if paid on the first day. Click here to register.
For more information, including how to reach the members and schedule appointments, visit the Oui Facebook page.