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Putting her faith in people, Jackie Dahlheimer will soon realize her longtime dream of expanding her donation-based yoga studio into a larger space in downtown York.

Dahlheimer has been teaching yoga since 2007 and hosting classes, along with three other instructors, out of a small space at 24 N. Beaver St. for about two years, she said.

The current space fits 10 mats, Dahlheimer said, while the new, 750-square-foot studio, at 19 W. Market St., will fit approximately 30 mats.

The new studio, which will be called House of Yoga, is scheduled to open in May. It is a long and slender space with windows facing Cherry Lane that will be painted and decorated with "rich colors" and "a rock 'n' roll take on a yoga studio," Dahlheimer said.

Dahlheimer said it was important for her to stay in downtown York, despite several people telling her it would be easier to find an affordable space elsewhere in the county.

"York City is so colorful, with so many different walks of life," she said. "I like the feel of being in a bustling city and bringing a sense of peace into that movement. There's a certain progressiveness to downtown that's palpable and draws me to it."

Dahlheimer's classes are all currently hot yoga, with room temperatures reaching 90 degrees and above, but she plans on adding restorative and beginner yoga classes in the future.

The high temperatures soften the muscles, help the bones move more freely and create energy, she said.

An industrial heater will be installed in the new space, and Dahlheimer said she hopes to eventually transition to a solar-based heating system.

Teaching nine hourlong classes per week, Dahlheimer and the other instructors have built a foundation of 50 committed students, she said, and the larger space will allow for more — and taller — classes.

"Some people are too tall for the current space," she said, laughing. "They'd hit their hands on the ceiling during certain poses."

Dahlheimer said the number of students she can take on is unlimited.

"As classes fill up, we can just add more classes," she said. "And when those classes fill up, we can move to a bigger space or add a second location."

The studio's suggested donation has been $10 per class, but several students have contributed more, Dahlheimer said.

"It's really cool to see what blind faith can do," she said. "I had several business people tell me it wouldn't work, but I investigated, and here we are now."

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.

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