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New yoga studio in Ferndale started by longtime teacher

Caren Paskel is well-known among certain yogic circles for her involvement with the Yoga Shelter studios. Her brother Eric is a former co-owner of the local chain and Caren long held a leadership position there. No longer involved with Yoga Shelter, Paskel is striking out on her own by opening her own yoga studio in downtown Ferndale.

She's calling it EnSoul Yoga and it opened Saturday. An official grand opening won't be held until the first week of November, when Paskel will celebrate with DJs and vendors.

For those familiar with Paskel's style of teaching, EnSoul will be an extension of what she's taught in the past. Paskel believes in a style of yoga that stretches the mind as well as the body, and not just during the class period. She says it's a yoga that keeps working well after a session is over.

Whatever nerves Paskel had when considering starting her own yoga studio have dissipated leading up to EnSoul opening. Originally planning on a now-scrapped Royal Oak location a year ago, she's since had that time to promote EnSoul as she readies the new Ferndale space. She's been offering pre-opening specials and Groupons leading up to the opening, all of which have been going fast, she says.

"We're off to a really good start," says Paskel. "This is pretty invigorating and exciting for me. It tells me I'm doing the right thing. People are coming."

She believes that the move to Ferndale has been the right thing too. She says the downtown stretch of Nine Mile Road is very community driven, with lots of neighboring business owners stopping in to say hello.
"The vibe there is really awesome," she says.

EnSoul Yoga is located at 210 W. Nine Mile Rd. in Ferndale.
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