Vernon’s Sareena Nickoli is following her passion.
Nickoli recently opened Soul Studio, which hosts a variety of fitness classes such as zumba, barre, hip hop, strength circuit training, yoga and kick.
“Soul Studio was built solely on my passion, and from thought to finish was completed in three months to the day,” she said.
Nickoli had been running her own business, Zumba with Sareena, since 2009, holding classes at various fitness facilities and dance studios around Vernon.
One day, Colleen Dix, a friend of Nickoli’s asked why she didn’t just open her own studio.
“I said ‘Are you kidding? Right now?’ said Nickoli.
“This conversation happened on September 18, 2014. From that day forward it was as if somebody had taken my hand to show me the way. Everything lined up, from coming up with the name, designing the logo, finding a space that was a great location and parking, to finding contractors to help carry out my vision for the space and get it done on time.”
With a solid client base, she says she saw the potential in offering a variety of classes to attract people who prefer to work out in a group fitness setting.
The 43rd Avenue space, formerly Splendor Christian Market, has been completely renovated with a stage, sound system, new flooring, disco ball and stretching bar.
“I looked everywhere trying to find a space to hold my three classes, but nothing was coming up,” said Nickoli.
“On top of that, this is the busy season for me at my full-time job running our family business, City Furniture Vernon.”
Nickoli thanks her husband, Ryan Nickoli, family, fellow instructors and all of her “crazy Zumba family members for supporting me.”
“I’m living my passion and my purpose, and am so excited to be starting this new chapter in my life, sharing my love for fitness, dance and teaching.”