Shore Point Yoga came into being almost on its own in December of 2015. It started with a friendship and a vision. Jennifer DeKnipp and Sarah Stevenson met through the friendship of their 6 year old daughters and realized immediately how much they had in common.
Both were busy moms to elementary aged children, fitness and well-being enthusiasts, former elementary teachers, both shared a love for a small town by the sea, and felt the passion to support small businesses. Jennifer, the owner/operator of Shore Point Fitness, asked Sarah to teach an 8 week yoga class at her gym as it was something her members might appreciate. Sarah has been teaching yoga for the past ten years as well as practicing consistently as a private personal trainer. By week 4 of the 8 week series, it was apparent that the yoga classes were not only well received, they were badly needed. The students quickly realized the lasting list of benefits that yoga has to offer the busy mom, the tired school teacher, the boot-camp attendee and yes, the ones who proclaimed, “ I could NEVER do yoga because I can’t slow down my brain.”
With the immediate response being so positive, both Jennifer and Sarah knew they had something special. As fate would have it, the space immediately next door to Shore Point Fitness opened for rent. This was unforeseen, unlooked for and felt almost too good to be true! Before the 8 week session had finished its course, a lease was signed, a fresh coat of paint was on the walls, soft lighting was installed and yoga mats were being delivered.
What these two moms had created was a space that welcomed all levels of yoga with a primary focus on children and more specifically, those with special needs. This is a passion of Sarah’s and through extensive training she knows how connected yoga is to the sensory well-being of children who struggle with ADHD, Asperger’s and other autism spectral differences, and Sensory Processing Disorder.
Shore Point Yoga has an overall focus on building physically and emotionally healthier families through the heightening of the awareness of the parent-child bond, confidence building of the insecure middle school student, imparting to the younger child the importance of stillness, and offering the adult a space where he/she can be comfortable and improve their practice on the mat.
In short, Jennifer and Sarah are about creating an extended family of support that it will contribute to Point Pleasant’s rise as the best small town on the Jersey Shore.