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Christy Runningen opened Clear Light Yoga in the former JAMM Dance studio location. She's excited to bring something new to Rosemount

Clear Light Yoga brings light and strength to Rosemount residents

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Clear Light Yoga brings light and strength to Rosemount residents
Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Christy Runningen has a passion for helping people find the light and strength inside themselves. She also has a passion for yoga. She decided to combine her two passions to create the Clear Light Yoga and Enrichment Center.

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The mission of the studio is to empower people to be the strongest version of themselves through yoga, wellness and enrichment offerings. Runningen explained that while yoga helps empower people physically, the other aspects of the business, including enrichment seminars and life coaching, will help fulfill them spiritually and intellectually.

Clear Light Yoga celebrated its grand opening Saturday and started its class schedule Sunday evening with a Candlelight Vinyasa class.

"I absolutely loved it," said Runningen of the class.

The studio offers a variety of yoga classes that will meet the needs of different people. Offerings include Vinyasa, Hatha, yoga for beginners, Yin yoga, restorative and a class for tweens. In the coming months Runningen plans to add a Yoga Sculpt and pre-natal yoga class to the schedule as well.

"I really believe we have something to offer everybody," said Runningen.

To create Clear Light, Runningen, with the help of friends and family, transformed the former Jamm Dance space in Rosemount Crossings, next to Sprint. Runningen said she tried to create a serene environment where people can focus on finding the strongest version of themselves.

The studio has mats and towels available for use. There are separate restroom facilities for men and women and several showers for those on the go.

Enrichment seminars will be offered at least twice a month. Runningen said the seminars will cover a variety of topics including health and well being, healthy cooking, parenting issues, career change support, foundations of yoga and self-defense among others.

A former dancer and gymnast, Runningen said she tried yoga more than five years ago because it seemed in line with those activities. She instantly fell in love with it and has practiced ever since.

Several years ago, Runningen began working as a human resources consultant for a company that promotes and trains results-oriented work environments. Runningen said she had long wanted to be her own boss and her consultant work gave her the confidence to go after her dream.

Runningen continues to work a human resources consultant. Additionally, she has a masters in counseling psychology. She said Clear Light complements her fulltime work because they both promote being the best you can be.

"I have no doubt this is the right thing to do," she said.

Runningen, who has lived in Rosemount for seven years with her husband and three children, said she's also excited to bring something new to Rosemount.

Creating Clear Light has been Runningen's brain child but she's had lots of support. Her husband has helped put the studio together and her three sisters have all gotten involved at different levels, as has her mother. Runningen said she's also been able to find some fantastic staff.

"I've had a great support structure around me," said Runningen.

Currently Clear Light has four yoga instructors. Runningen said she is seeking out a few more. Eventually, she hopes to be able to offer classes all day long.

Going forward, Runningen hopes to be able to expand Clear Light Yoga to other communities in the area.

For more information about Clear Light Yoga visit www.clearlightyoga-mn.com or call 651-423-2468.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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