Shelley Lowther opens Dancing Dogs Yoga


by Wendy Pollitzer 

Featured in The Island News

Feb. 25, 2010

Shelley Lowther

Shelley Lowther is a new neighbor we should all try and get to know. She and her husband Joshua moved to Beaufort in 2007. In fact, you’ve probably been in her house. 10,000 others have!

They bought the Holiday House in Old Shell Point, which was featured in Coastal Living and Cottage Living. The couple and their 4 dogs moved here from Savannah. Joshua, a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney and Shelley, a successful businesswoman liked what they saw in Beaufort and decided to make it their home.

On March 1st, Shelley will open her doors to a new business venture in Beaufort Town Center. Dancing Dogs Yoga will open every weekday with morning, midday and evening classes and on Saturday with a morning class.

Dancing Dogs Yoga is a bit different though. Lowther is offering Community Style Yoga. Well, what in the world is that, you ask?

Community Yoga allows the participant to pay what he or she can afford to pay. Lowther explains, “When you give to the community, the community will give back to you.” And the yoga community is a naturally giving community anyhow. “This allows the Yoga community to be larger; this class will bring yoga and its principles to a segment of the population that might not normally benefit from it.”

Lowther is about as selfless as they come. Her vibe is pure and innocent, yet happy-go lucky. She seems like she loves to have a good time, but only if everyone else is having a good time too. Maybe that’s why she was also a successful bar owner in Savannah.

She and her husband owned Finnegan’s Wake. They sold the lease space to Paula Dean, and the couple then opened another pub in the City Market area. Originally it was to be called Bantry Bay, but they began to experience all sorts of problems associated with old buildings. So, they decided to call it Murphy’s Law. Determined to open before St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Savannah, they welcomed their first customers on March 16th  of 2006.

The Irish Pub was a quick hit, and remains successful. So now, Lowther wants to concentrate on her Yoga studio in Beaufort.

She’s practiced yoga for 10 years. But, about three years ago, Shelley was stressed about being overweight. She got serious about yoga and lost 65 pounds. Now, she wants to share her enthusiasm with Beaufort. “I want to introduce yoga to all aspects of the community, people with different-shaped bodies, people from various socio-economic backgrounds, all people!”

Maya Angelou once said, “People don’t remember what you said or what you did. They remember how you made them feel.” That’s what Lowther wants to concentrate on. She’ll create the environment and emphasize the experience when her customers walk through the door.

“I’m fortunate to be able to give something back that costs nothing. Again, yoga is all about community. My classes are meant to bring people together.”

In addition to Community Yoga, offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7-8am, Lowther will also provide Mommy and Me classes, pregnancy classes, and even a Yoga 101 class that will teach the international language of yoga.

Also, Dancing Dogs Yoga is hosting an Open House to benefit the victims of the Haitian earthquake. The event will be held from 8-11am on Saturday, February 27. There will be live music by musician and yogini Lauren LaPointe.

The Open House will not only benefit Haiti, but also its donors. If you buy a new mat and donate your old one, you’ll receive a 10% discount. Those who buy a class package of 10 or more will also receive a free class.

The suggested donation is $10. Dancing Dogs Yoga will donate 10% of its retail sales to Hatha for Haiti.

Make it a priority to visit Shelley at Dancing Dogs Yoga. She’s located at 1600 Burnside Street, Suite 106 behind the Hilton Garden Inn. Shelley will welcome you with open arms.

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