Studio Joy owners Jenny Silverberg and Amy Podolsky hold a One-Year Birthday Community Celebration from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at the First Parish Northboro, Unitarian Universalist Church, 40 Church St. Tickets are $25, cash or check only.
Podolsky recalls that she and Silverberg began talking during a train trip to New York City for Nia teacher training – they had known each other through the community – and ultimately became business partners.
“We both have a real passion for this work, and we have such a good time together, it’s really pure joy,” Podolsky says.
Nia “pulls from martial arts, it pulls from dance, and it pulls from the healing arts,” Silverberg says.
Studio Joy offers hour-long classes at 10 a.m. Mondays, 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays, and 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at the First Parish Unitarian church.
Silverberg said she discovered Nia “about six months after my second child was born.”
“I was a good 30 pounds overweight, and just felt pretty miserable,” says Silverberg, a Westborough resident.
Silveberg says she then took what she thought was a Pilates class but actually was a Nia class, “and I just never looked back.”
“Even though I didn’t lose 30 pounds in that one hour all those years ago, I felt energetically I had lost 30 pounds,” she says.
Silverberg says she started Studio Joy a few years ago, when “I had an opportunity to create a studio inside a studio, renting space.”
“Then I realized, being in business by myself was exhausting, and I got burnt out pretty quickly,” she says.
So, after a year, she invited Podolsky to join her.
“When she said yes and started teaching classes for me, it just sort of naturally grew,” Silverberg says.
The new Studio Joy opened in a new space, the First Parish hall, in January 2013, Podolsky says.
Podolsky says she discovered Nia at a friend’s suggestion.
“I have a history of an eating disorder and an exercise compulsion,” Podolsky says.
“For me, exercise was either running my body or the opposite, I was sitting on the couch doing nothing.”
Podolsky says she “started dabbling in yoga,” and liked Nia because she“always loved to dance.”
Silverberg and Podolsky will lead a Nia class during the Feb. 8 celebration.
The event will feature the Better Her Than Me dance band.
“They’ve got a joyous energy,” Podolsky says.