Cindy D’Aquino, owner of Luna Yoga, started offering yoga classes in July in the space previously occupied by Ananda Shala Yoga in downtown Frederick. D’Aquino recently spoke with The News-Post about what made her open the studio and why she’s passionate about yoga.
What’s your background?
My background is in the nonprofit world. I’ve worked with homeless people for a long time, I helped start Blessings in a Backpack, I worked for On Our Own and I am currently the director of development for Second Chances Garage. Being of service is my background and passion.
What made you want to open your own yoga studio?
I have worked at the front desk for five years at Ananda Shala and in March I had a dream that I was running a kundalini yoga studio here, which was very random. I’d never ever thought that I would ever do anything like that. Four weeks later, the owner [of Ananda Shala] said he was going to close the business unless somebody wanted to buy it. In that moment, that whole dream came flooding through me and I had the whole vision instantly. One of my passions is self-help. You could find me in the self-help section when I was 14 in a bookstore.
We’re also starting a nonprofit for young girls. My son, Collin, died of a heroin overdose, and it stemmed from that. He was dealing with anxiety and depression, and the drugs took over. [The nonprofit] is in honor of him to work with girls, ages 11 to 16, to try to reach them before they deal with anxiety and depression through yoga and meditation.
What type of classes do you offer?
We offer yoga and pilates. We have lots of different types of yoga, we have yen — which is a very relaxing holding poses, we have restorative, we have vinyasa flow and some harder levels. Our classes start at 6 a.m. and go until about 8 p.m.
How much do classes cost?
Anywhere from a $5 happy hour, but most average between $10 and $12.
What are you most looking forward to going forward with a Luna Yoga?
Building a community, actually. The kitchen in this building used to be just a kitchen used for storage. We’ve took out the refrigerator and made it a community space where people can sit and connect and really get to know one another. For me, it is really about people communing and connecting and hopefully feeling better.