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August 1, 2013
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New Summit County yoga studio cranks up the heat

Deby Curcio felt like her body had turned against her in 1997, when her immune system crashed and she was diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivities.

That was also the year she was introduced to yoga. She found the practice relieved stress and started the healing process in her body.

“Things were accumulating in my body because my liver wasn’t working well,” she said. “Being able to go to hot yoga and sweat it out of me made me healthier.”

Sixteen years later, Deby and her husband, Jim, are celebrating a milestone. They held a grand opening at their Summit Hot Yoga studio in Frisco on Wednesday. The couple, both of whom are yoga instructors, said they grew out of their old space at Farmer’s Korner. The new studio on Sixth and Granite is larger and has a sophisticated heating and ventilation system.

“Our place in Farmer’s Korner was smaller. As we grew, we began to see the things we really needed, and we tried to incorporate them into this space,” Curcio said.

The Frisco studio has a seating area, three changing rooms, a restroom with a shower and a filtered water fountain.

The yoga room boasts a flooring system specialized for hot yoga. It is non-toxic, designed to evaporate water or sweat and contains antibacterial properties, Curcio said.

“We wanted to make sure it was eco-friendly and nontoxic and really as safe as it could be for everybody,” she said.

Michelle Dorak, an instructor at the studio, led a special grand-opening hot yoga session featuring live drums at the studio on Wednesday. She said she was originally attracted to working at Summit Hot Yoga because of its “cool atmosphere and nice vibe.” She also liked Deby and Jim Curcio’s yoga expertise.

“Its easy to communicate and work with them,” she said.

Dorak said she has also benefitted personally from practicing hot yoga. “It’s done wonders for me. It’s so healing, both personally and physically. It’s not a fad.”

Dorak said she’s excited to introduce more people to the Summit Hot Yoga studio and add to the already great group of people who practice there.

“Being in Frisco is really cool because it gives us a sense of community, and we are meeting a lot of new people to join the group,” she said.

Curcio said the larger space will allow Summit Hot Yoga to invite nationally known teachers to host a variety of workshops in the future. She also wants to maintain Summit Hot Yoga’s theme of being a “teaching studio.”

“I know the benefits of yoga on a personal level and I want students to be able to feel and see that also, including how to teach proper ways to get in and out of poses safely and get the most benefits,” she said. “It’s like anything else. What you put into it is what you get out of it.”

For more information about Summit Hot Yoga, including pricing and a class schedule, visit www.summithotyoga.com.

“Our place in Farmer’s Korner was smaller. As we grew, we began to see the things we really needed, and we tried to incorporate them into this space,” Curcio said.


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