GIRL EMPOWERMENT YOGA and more!

At the end of the parking lot at Hotel Washington, between the oaks and evergreens, is a demure grey building with a porch and potted flowers sitting out front. Inside the building is a state of the art yoga studio with infrared heating panels and pristine bamboo floors. This is the fifth year the hotel has operated a yoga studio.

Owner Jeannie Kokes explains why the hotel decided to open a studio in conjunction with the hotel and restaurant, “Our original vision for the hotel was to create a space of rest, retreat, and restoration of body, mind and spirit. The healing arts of yoga was a perfect fit. The studio was designed by Mari Anderson and executed by Fritz Damler.”

Sarah Litterio now manages the studio and teaches the bulk of the classes, with two weekly gentle-flow classes and two more energetic classes called empowered flow.

This season Litterio is also bringing in several guest teachers. On Mondays at 10 a.m. there is a vinyasa flow class with rotating staff including Litterio and two teachers from the peninsula, Brigid Shannon and Danette Garcia. This specific class is donation based.

In addition, Litterio will be adding the popular chair-yoga class this month.

“I’m so grateful for this community and beyond thankful to have such a beautiful studio space to practice, teach and share movement in,” says Litterio. “I look forward to adding more programs over the years that give right back to the people that make this island such a restorative place to live and vacation.”

In the spirit of giving back, Litterio offers her classes at a reduced rate of $8 per class for Island summer workers. “Island workers go all out to ensure visitors and locals enjoy their island stay. I want the studio to be a space that supports self-care and returns that favor.”

Litterio is also excited that this summer, for the first time, the studio will be hosting a GIRL EmpowermentCamp. Designed for young girls to learn about self-care and positive body image. The word GIRL is an acronym for Grit Intelligent Real Love. Taught by certified yogateacher Rose Hansen Widmann, the class will be open to girls from grades 1 through 6 with yoga, mindfulness activities,

games, meditation and art projects.

“We want our girls to know that they have everything they need already inside of themselves,” says Hansen Widmann about designing classes to encourage laughter, playfulness, healthy friendships and authenticity among the attendees. Hansen Widmann has deep family roots on the Island and summers here regularly. She has been teaching yoga since 2016 when she earned her certificate from Inner Light YogaStudio in Milwaukee. The camp will be held July 22-26 from 1-3 p.m. Call Hotel Washington at 920-847-3010 or email studio@hotelwashingtonandstudio.com to register for the class.

The studio also regularly hosts yogateachers from around the state who want to provide their students with a special retreat experience. Marina Koyen, an instructor from EarthView Yoga in Madison explains why she likes to bring her students here: “Once on the Island, you’ll instantlyfeel a different atmosphere. Time flows more slowly.”

About Hotel Washington and Studio

Hotel Washington was built in 1904 by Louis Gunnlaugsson for Ben and Effie Johnson who for 42 years offered “plain wholesome home cooking of the best”, lodging and “excellent fishing, fine boating and bathing.” After several years vacant, it was reopened by Jeannie Kokes in 2014 as hotel, restaurant, and yogastudio. The hotel is open year round. The restaurant is open May through October six nights a week, 4:30-8:30, Tuesday through Sunday. The studio has regular classes throughout the summer season and host yogaretreats in the spring and autumn. Website: www.hotelwashingtonandstudio.comFor more information Email: info@hotelwashingtonandstudio.com