Children from the Chatfield area participate in exercise classes at Studio 223, taught by proprietor Kate Schroeder.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
Children from the Chatfield area participate in exercise classes at Studio 223, taught by proprietor Kate Schroeder. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Kate Schroeder loves the crazy-good benefits of being committed.

"Committing to a regular fitness practice will provide relaxation, rejuvenation and restoration of the whole person," she said. As the proprietor of Studio 223 in Chatfield, Schroeder explained there are many benefits of choosing to practice yoga and other healthful exercises daily.

She listed increased strength and muscle tone, increased balance and sense of center, massage and cleansing of internal organs, cardiovascular and circulatory stimulation, overall increased flexibility, range of motion and fluidity in the body, release of body toxins and impurities, increased breath awareness and capacity, the meditative benefits of a calmer, quieter mind, weight loss and much more.

Schroeder decided to open the health and wellness studio because she feels fitness is important.

"Living an active lifestyle has always been important to me," she said. "I grew up playing sports, became a runner in my college years, and enjoy participating in various outdoor activities with my family."

Schroeder teaches part-time for Rochester Public Schools and lives in Chatfield with her husband of 10 years, Jonathan, and their three children. She is looking forward to teaching classes in her local studio.

"Because I enjoy the camaraderie of working out with others as they inspire and challenge me, I am excited to open the doors to a place I hope fosters a sense of community while also building and maintaining health and wellness," Schroeder said.

Studio 223's instructors include Schroeder, Brandy Allen, Jayna Harstad, Lisa Puhl and Donna Jewison, all of whom are certified in various forms of yoga.

"We are blessed with talented and compassionate teachers who enjoy making a difference in their students' lives," she added. "All of our instructors have completed teacher trainings and are credentialed to teach in their subject areas."

Allen teaches Tabata, a Japanese "form of high intensive interval training (HIIT)...that provides much of the same health benefits as cardio, but adds a bit more of a punch."

Other classes offered at Studio 223 include the 3-2-1 workout, which features three minutes of cardio exercises, two minutes of strength exercises and one minute of core exercises done in cycles throughout a one-hour workout.

There is also open barre - which fuses yoga, Pilates, core conditioning and interval strength training, Vinyasa flow yoga - which links body movement with breath, heated yoga, power yoga, restorative yoga, Yin Yang yoga and kids' art, yoga and Zumba, Schroeder pointed out.

"Our vision is simple: to offer people the opportunity to grow from the inside out, while becoming stronger and healthier," she said. "We hope people will find that we offer classes that serve each of our students, providing modifications and variations for all levels and walks of life. We hope that students can connect more fully to their inner experience, deepening into their bodies and discovering their limitless potential while becoming stronger and healthier. We also hope that people will enjoy the camaraderie of working out with others while creating new and lasting friendships, in a place they feel is like home."

Schroeder opened Studio 223 in late January and she's experienced a welcome from Chatfield and the surrounding communities.

She invited interested persons to stop in and check out the studio's classes, as well as take a look at the historic building the studio occupies.

"Our studio is unique because of a few reasons. First, its incredible atmosphere," she added. "The studio is located in a newly-renovated building in downtown Chatfield, with hardwood floors, exposed brick, high ceilings and large windows. We provide an intimate setting where we comfortably fit 15 to 20 students per class."

Second, Schroeder explained that her studio offers classes for kids and, finally, the studio space is also available to rent for birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, graduation parties and other special events.

"Not only has the Chatfield community embraced this new downtown business, we also have clients coming from nearby towns, including Wykoff, Rochester, and even the Twin Cities," Schroeder said. "It has been very exciting!"

She added that she and her fellow instructors are a passionate group of people who love life.

"We share a love for the active lifestyle and the restoration it brings to our body, mind and spirit," Schroeder said. "Our purpose is to share our passion for health, to motivate, challenge and inspire, and to teach oneself to simply slow down and live in the moment. We invite you to join us, as you reach your goal to becoming stronger and healthier."

Studio 223 offers morning and evening classes each day, Monday through Friday.

"On Saturday, we offer a morning class, whereas on Sunday we offer an early evening class," she concluded. "We also host various special events and workshops throughout each month. All classes, events and workshops are posted on our website, www.studio-223.com, or on our Facebook page."

Studio 223 will be hosting an open house on Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is located at 223 South Main Street in Chatfield. For more information on Studio 223, one may call Schroeder at (507) 208-5665 or log onto the studio's website at www.studio-223.com.