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A brother-and-sister team are opening a yoga studio in downtown Elgin that will offer heated yoga and discounts for first responders, veterans and medical professionals. Kevin Castro, 24, and Evelyn Alba, 29, are the owners of Vida Yoga and Fitness at 50 S. Grove Ave., which will have a ribbon cutting and soft opening with food and refreshments 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. The business was issued a certificate of occupancy Monday; classes start Saturday.
The siblings are from Streamwood but say they always had a special connection to Elgin. Castro grew up playing with the Elgin Pumas Soccer Club and is a strength and conditioning coordinator for the team. Their uncle is a co-owner and director of operations for Intra Sports Complex in Elgin.
"We wanted to bring something for the community here in Elgin," Alba said. "We're right in the heart of downtown, so it's nice." Alba, who lives in Streamwood, will teach yoga classes and Castro will teach group fitness classes in the commercial space that has never been occupied. Castro lives above the studio in the Fountain Square condo building, where he moved about six months ago. Alba said she trained at TriBalance Yoga School in Schaumburg and taught until recently at Bloom Wellness Center in Bartlett.
The Elgin studio will offer hatha, vinyasa, restorative and yin yoga, and heated yoga classes will have a 90-degree temperature, she said. Castro said he graduated in 2013 from the National Personal Training Institute in Lisle. He expects his classes will have 10 to 12 people working with weights, squat racks, suspension training and more, he said. The siblings said their discount pricing is about supporting the community and being grateful to those who help others.
"We are both very loving, so that helped us in opening up the business," Alba said. "There are times when we argue, but we always come to an agreement. We love what we do." For more information visit vidayogaandfitness.com.
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