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Joyful Yoga and Ayurvedic Spa: A Place to Find Wellness and Bliss

Jul 01, 2012 08:37PM ● By Debra Novak

Sandwiching an entire day of restful and rejuvenating spa services between two yoga classes can be a delicious treat, and it’s a specialty of Joyful Yoga and Ayurveda Spa, in Bonita Springs. Clients can choose from a selection of yoga classes and enjoy various styles of massage, skin care, reflexology, facials, Reiki/energy healing and ayurvedic services in the serenity of a luxurious environment dedicated to wellness.

Several specialties on the menu include a consultation with ayurvedic practitioner Jacqueline Chiodo. “Ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old holistic sister science to yoga, is based on the five elements: space, air, fire, water and earth,” says Chiodo, who determines an individual’s mind/body constitution, or dominant dosha (vata, pitta or kapha), and guides them toward improved health with the best food choices, lifestyle routines, breathwork and yoga practices.

Ayurvedic spa services such as Shirodhara, which honors the body as a sacred temple and a vehicle for the divine spirit within, can be customized to balance specific doshas. Shirodhara involves the flow of warm, aromatic oils on the forehead at a point just above and between the eyebrows. Flowing over the scalp and through the hair, the soothing oil creates a blissful sensation, stimulating the endocrine system, the pituitary and pineal glands and pleasure neurotransmitters in the brain. Swedana Steam Therapy, good for all body types, raises body temperature, enhances circulation, oxygenates tissues and facilitates the release of toxins through the skin.

“We offer more than 30 yoga classes a week,” advises spa Director Emily Chiodo, who is also in charge of the registered yoga teacher training program, which meets Yoga Alliance’s 200- and 500-hour standards.

“Our five massage therapists offer eight popular therapies, and three estheticians are proficient with numerous facials, peels, energy therapies, waxing, detoxification, electrolysis, permanent make-up and more,” says Tess Chiodo, who has practiced yoga for 42 years. She is also certified to teach Primordial Sound Meditation, a powerful technique rooted in the Vedic tradition of India.

Joyful Yoga and Ayurvedic Spa, Bernwood Design Plaza, 24821 S. Tamiami Trail, Stes. 1 and 2, Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-947-9845 or visit


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