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Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-21 !  ,  ' ,o ..... Journal photo by Lloyd Mullen Michelle Pugh, owner of Joonbug Yoga stretches in her studio at 224 Cota St. in Shelton on May 15. Below, Pugh stretches her lower back. Yoga is her retreat By LLOYD MULLEN Iloyd@masoncounty.com While sitting in: her father's physical education class at the age of 16, Michelle Pugh saw her first yoga instruction video. It was then she knew she had found her glue. "I was doing a lot of sports. It was a nice balance between the softball, volleyball and running. It kind of sealed them all together for me," said Pugh, the owner of JoonBug Yoga in Shelton. As the years went on, Pugh delved deeper into yoga. In 2003, Pugh was pregnant with her son, Noble. "When I got pregnant, I got into the mediation side of yoga and used it to balance and counter the stress. Then I found myself going back to it more and more and wanting to share it with people. People kept ask- ing me to teach them yoga," she said. Soon after her pregnancy, Pugh took a job teach- ing yoga at The Cove in Shelton. "They said, why don't you teach a class out here and I thought it sounded great," she said. Pugh didn't know a lot of people in Shelton at the time. That is why, she said, she jumped at the op- portunity. After teaching at The Cove, Pugh joined up with Sara Newman, a chiropractor. "I would love to give her a lot of credit. She said, 'I saw your article in the Journal. Can you come up to my chiropractic (office) and teach?'" Pugh said. About eight people started regularly showing up for classes. After a year and a half, Pugh's class out- grew its space. She soon found a suitable place above Xinh's Clam & Oyster House. Soon after, they outgrew that space too, so they moved again. "It was like the story of the three bears. This place is the perfect size," she said about their newest location at 224 Cota St. After 22 years of practicing yoga, Pugh said it means so much to her. "Yoga is a soft place to fall and a soft place to stand and a soft place to go to renew, rebuild, reenergize and grow," she said. "It's very important to me cre- atively because I run and ski and have a full-time graphic design job. The yoga practice allows me a reprieve and con- fidence to go and create and come up with new ideas." Her clients, Pugh said, first come for the relaxation, then realize the postures they are practicing are more beneficial than they might have initially thought. "We try to offer something that is very approach- able to everyone," she said. Pugh and her crew don't plan on moving any time soon. "We have four instructors including myself," she said. The instructors include her mother in-law, Cam- elia Pugh, and Rebekah Brems and Judi Enslow. Camelia teaches Yin yoga, which according to Pugh, isn't offered by anyone else in the town. Brems is Pugh's other half, she said. "We started this together. She has been commut- ing here from Olympia for three years. She is as much a part of this as me," Pugh said. Enslow, a teacher at Pioneer Elementary School, started as a student of Pugh's. Pugh said she contributes the studio's success to her team. "I give full credit to everyone. I love them: Where would I be without them?" she said. BUSINESS BRIEF Belfair store closes Copy it, Mail it, will close its doors May 31, ac- cording to building owner Paula Smith. The previous owner filed for bankruptcy in Sep- tember 2013, Smith said. Since then, she and her husband have been try- ing to find someone to purchase the business in their building. "We've worked really hard to try and find new owners to keep it going," Smith said. "We've been paying out of pocket to try and keep it afloat for the community." Since the previous owner left, Donna Luck has been running the shop. "She is responsible for selling off all of the equipment there," Smith said. The store will close with whatever is leftas of May 31." Smith said that she hopes the equipment and fixtures will have sold by the time they close. "If not, we'll be disposing of it," she said. For more information on Copy It, Mail It call 689-9532 Compiled by reporter Lloyd Mullen