Located in downtown Lafayette, Sunshine Yoga Wellness Spa has been providing
Tina Giltner has owned Sunshine Yoga for 15 years as it has grown from a small apartment setting to the current studio located at 519 Main St.
Brought on by a desire to get off medication Giltner was told by her doctor to look into yoga. Giltner said she was self-taught by reading books from the library.
“I started a long, long time ago when I got into yoga because I had too much anxiety and I was medicated and wanted to get off medication and that’s really what got me into it,” Giltner said. “I had a doctor that recommended it and there was no yoga around and I didn’t know anything about it. We didn’t have the internet, so he told me to go to the library and read about it so that’s how I started.”
During this time, Giltner was already teaching fitness classes. Giltner said she wanted to incorporate yoga into the classes and saw that it helped others.
“I started to self-teach and eventually incorporate it into some of the fitness classes I was teaching and I watched it start to help other people,” Giltner said.
Upstairs in a small space with no windows Giltner created her studio. Giltner saidshe roped off about 100 square-feet of the studio and then used the rest to teach small classes.
“So, I started in a little 450 square-foot place down on 4th St. and Main St. and I was in an inside, upstairs no windows place and my first son and I lived there,” Giltner said. “I decided this is what I wanted to do, this is my opportunity and I’m not going to waste it. We blocked off about a 100 square-foot area off and taught yoga in the other part.”
Giltner started off teaching what felt like 100 classes a week. Giltner said that after about three yers she got the chance to expand and then again in 2015.
“I taught a lot of classes a week so that I could get any sort of rhythm. You have to find out what’s hot, what hours are hot and things like that,” Giltner said. “I was in that building for about three years, but my son and I moved out after a few months, so I got to expand the place a bit more. I had an opportunity to move and grow again so I moved two doors down from where I am now into a building that had about half this space which doubled my space. I was there for eight or nine years and it was time to grow again. This space became available and we jumped down here and that was 2015.”
Themost recent expansion brought on new areas and new hires. Giltner said she now has two therapy rooms and an aesthetician.
“I built two therapy rooms this time and I have a massage therapist here and I have an aesthetician here, she does all the facials,” Giltner said. “She deals with skincare, waxing, lashes, brows, scrubs and things like that and then I have a kid room and a spa bathroom.”
Giltner said one of her core beliefs is that anyone can do yoga.
“I really believe that anyone can do yoga. We’ve got men and women, big and small, young and old, we have people with broken parts and replaced things and problems. I like to help people that have problems.”
appointments all day and I love it.”
One of the things that the wellness spa offers is CBD oil. Giltner said she started researching it due to her husband’s medical condition.
“The Charlotte’s Web hemp oil known as CBD oil, I actually started researching a while ago because my husband suffers from a seizure disorder and we have been through every test and medication. But here I deal with a lot of people with health problems. I deal with anxiety and depression to Parkinson’s and ALS and seizures and migraines. I felt like when I was researching like it was such a great fit for the wellness spa because we deal with so many issues.”
Giltner said that from personal experience she has seen improvement in cases.
“As soon as it became legal I tired it with my husband who was having seizures at the time and things were getting worse. When it became legal he tried it and it became day one. The first day he stopped seizing and he has not had a seizure in 16 weeks. I’ve dealt with several other cases that saw improvement.”
Giltner said her time at the studio is a place of Zen while balancing her work schedule and being a parent.
“This is my peace and place of Zen, so I like to spend time here when I can. I teach a class then I go pick up a child then I teach a class and pick up a child, that’s kind of my day. Here I have personal training, I have private yoga sessions, I do personalized detox sessions where we do foot baths.”
Giltner said she loves yoga because it works and teaches how to be flexible.
“Because it works, it helps people all the time from pregnancy to people that are older and not able to move as well,” Giltner said. “Yoga is not about being flexible, it is about becoming flexible. It will help you do things easier.”
For those not knowing where to start or apprehensive, Giltner said that the first class and the schedule is available online.
“The first class is free and no registration fee,” Giltner said. “The class schedule is online at sunshineyogafitness.com. you can come to any class that works with your schedule.”