A family tragedy spurred an Iowa couple to create a business aimed at giving people a place for wellness and solace that will open its latest location in Prairie Village this weekend.
Power Life Yoga Corinth
• Des Moines-based company’s second Kansas City-area location
• Opening day in Prairie Village is Saturday, April 23
• Offers mix of classes including power yoga, barre, sculpt (yoga with weights), and bootcamp[/pullquote]
Adam and Stephanie Geneser were living in Colorado in 2011 when they got news that Adam’s brother’s 4-year-old niece had died after falling from a third-story window.
“Through that experience, you just want to be close to family,” Adam said.
Shortly following the accident, the couple moved back to their native Des Moines. As the extended family started to cope with the loss, the Genesers were also trying to figure out how they wanted to make a living now that they were back in Iowa. Yoga had provided a healthful respite for them during their time in Colorado, and they saw an opening in the Des Moines market for a new studio. They developed a physical form of power yoga and opened the first Power Life studio — a place that soon provided some therapeutic benefit for their family as they worked through their grief.
“My most proud moment with Power Life is that my brother and my dad who were really affected by the tragedy come in to Power Life on almost a daily basis, and it kind of gives them a little bit of peace,” Adam said. “That’s pretty awesome to see.”
The studio, which features challenging yoga classes in a room heated to between 85 and 100 degrees, quickly gained a following in Des Moines, prompting the couple to expand out of town with a south Plaza location in Kansas City in fall 2015. They’d been looking at northeast Johnson County as a potential location for another KC studio for a while before the Corinth Square opportunity opened up late last year.
“We started looking two years ago, and saw Corinth Square and said, we want to be here,” Adam said. “You don’t want to build something unique like this in your standard strip center. You want something that has some character, that’s nice, and that has a lot of walking traffic.”
Over the course of the past two months, construction crews have transformed three suites of the north building at Corinth Square into a brand new studio, with a heated yoga room, a room to house barre and yoga-with-weights classes, men’s and women’s locker rooms and a retail area carrying brands like lululemon.
The Corinth location will open to the public for the first time Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. The studio’s typical schedule will offer a variety of classes each day between 5:45 a.m. and 7:45 p.m.
You can find more information about the offerings and the schedule on the company’s website here.