New Yoga Studio, The Blend, to Combine Workouts for Stronger Core – Dana Point Times

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By Breeana Greenberg

While teaching Vinyasa and Yin yoga classes in boutique studios in Toronto, Yoga instructor Jennifer “Zee” Zalev created the concept for The Blend—a workout for herself in which she combined yoga and Pilates into one flow.

Impressed by Zee’s great abs, her students would approach her after classes wanting to know her secret.

“It’s a combination of yoga, mat Pilates and HIIT (high-intensity interval training),” Zee described of The Blend. “I started teaching it to myself, and then my private clients were like, ‘Oh, hey, how are you staying so fit?’ ‘How come you have abs?’ and I was just like ‘I’m doing this Blend that I created for myself.’ ”

When clients came to her interested in learning her Blend flow, she offered to put it on the schedule.

“I said, I can continue teaching these (other classes) but if you want something fresh and new that my people are really liking let’s throw (Blend) on the schedule, see how it does; if it flops I won’t be offended if you want to pull it down,” Zee said of the pitch to her former studio. “It went on the schedule. I think the first classes had like two people in them and then they ended up being waitlisted.”

Zee and her husband Adam Zalev relocated to Dana Point during the pandemic with the hopes of opening a new studio where she can offer her Blend flow.

While searching for a home in Dana Point, the couple hired Katarina Kuczera as their real estate agent. Kuczera bonded with Zee over a mutual love of yoga and Pilates. The two started taking classes and ultimately decided to launch their own studio together called The Blend.

The new studio, which will offer yoga, Pilates and HIIT, is expected to open in Dana Point this summer. The Blend will offer classes combining the three workout styles along with individual classes.

Kuzcera added that most studios don’t offer a variety of classes in one place, let alone multiple types of workouts combined in one flow.

Breeana Greenberg

Breeana Greenberg is the city reporter for the Dana Point Times. She graduated from Chapman University with a bachelor of arts degree in English. Before joining Picket Fence Media, she worked as a freelance reporter with the Laguna Beach Independent. Breeana can be reached by email at bgreenberg@picketfencemedia.com

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