Offering a unique set of classes catering to any skill level, Society Yoga offers a fun and unconventional workout experience. Located in Downtown Lafayette, the yoga studio provides a peaceful atmosphere where certified instructors are trained to offer a one-of-a-kind experience via their personal teaching style. TRC chats with owner Courtney Biancofiori and she explains the story behind her business and how it differs from any other program.
Tell us about the history behind Society Yoga and how it came to fruition here in Greater Lafayette
Society Yoga was established in June 2020 and although we attempted to open our studio doors earlier, the global pandemic prevented us from doing so. What started as an invitation to coffee, led to a 48-hour trip to Naples, Florida for a single yoga class that turned out to be the beginning of Society Yoga. While Kim (co-owner of Society Yoga) and I rolled with the waves the universe would throw at us, one thing led to another, and the walls of Society Yoga began forming. The process was spontaneous and magical, and we knew we were being called to this space, to this community. We were filled with so much raw emotion from the start of our journey and those emotions continue to expand as our Society Family grows. Kim and I might be described as the perfect mix of Yin and Yang, she compliments me and I her, and because of that difference we unite as one to explore the possibilities of the modern yoga practice. Society Yoga brings an unconventional approach to a traditional practice. Society Yoga has flourished with beautiful souls from the moment our doors opened. This studio is more than just yoga and fitness, it’s about YOU. Finding that deeper connection in life is a magical experience and we want to help facilitate that at Society Yoga.
What are some of the programs/classes Society Yoga has to offer?
We offer a unique set of classes that cater to any skill level. Keeping things fun and unconventional each class is crafted to provide a one-of-a-kind experience on your mat! Our schedule includes classes throughout the day to meet the needs of your busy lifestyle. From the most powerfully heated classes to the gentlest of flows, we have variety. The great thing about our yoga classes is that you can be a beginner or a veteran because we cue modifications to meet you wherever you currently are in your yoga practice. We are always looking to add more classes to our ever-evolving schedule!
What makes Society Yoga stand out from other exercise/wellness facilities?
Without a doubt, Society Yoga is different from other wellness facilities and studios. We are approaching a traditional practice in unconventional ways to tap into our truest self. We have modern aesthetics throughout our studio that make you feel transported. The installation of our state-of-the-art sound system allows us to play music of all genres in all our classes, music that one might not necessarily think of when it comes to traditional yoga. Our instructors have a passion for this practice, and it can be felt through each class.
Would you recommend anybody, and everybody come in and give Society Yoga a try?
Absolutely anyone! And we mean that! We pride ourselves in our diversity at Society Yoga. Society Yoga is a safe space for anyone to practice. Whether it’s your first class or you’ve been practicing for decades our studio welcomes you with open arms.
How would you encourage someone to stop in and participate in a class?
Your first class is always free at Society Yoga, and if the first one wasn’t what you were looking for, your second class is free too! We want you to find what you’re looking for and we never pressure you to purchase until you’re ready. And when you are ready, we have a variety of pricing options to accommodate your commitment to your practice at Society Yoga. Download the Society Yoga app on your android or IOS device and create your very own Society Yoga profile. You’ll be able to access that FIRST CLASS FREE and move forward to reserving your first class. You can also visit the Society Yoga website, www.society-yoga.com. We can also be found on the Mindbody App and it’s always an option to show up spontaneously!
How do you define wellness?
Wellness is different for everyone, but for us it’s all encompassing. Mind, body, and soul. It’s the balance of you and where you are in the present moment. Not the exterior, but the interior. It’s everything you choose to incorporate into your life and how you respond to it. Wellness is more than just physical movement and diet, it’s the people you surround yourself with, the content you follow on social media and the tv shows you watch. Wellness is balance, whatever that balance is to you. Wellness cannot be judged by another; it can only be felt by you.
Everything in life has a message. Ours is: ONE SOUL. ONE SOCIETY. We’re approaching an ancient practice in unconventional ways to facilitate a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us. At Society Yoga, we’re challenging ourselves to be exactly that—ourselves.