No Mud No Lotus Holistic Wellness Center and Yoga Studio is the work of love and healing of the owner Sandy Quattrociocchi.

Her shop at 8388 Elmer Hill Road in Rome offers services that support the mind, body and soul. These include yoga, fitness classes, Reiki and other healing energy sessions, meditation, aromatherapy, custom herbal blends, workshops and more. The center also includes a shop with a variety of locally made products from various vendors, such as essential oils, jewelry, concrete Buddha statues, herbal tea arches, and natural medicines.

Quattrociocchi from Westernville is a registered yoga teacher, Reiki master and certified aromatherapist. Her own experience with medical topics led her to practice yoga and pursue natural wellness methods.

She strives to create an inclusive and welcoming environment in her wellness center.

“Yoga is for every body,” she says. “It doesn’t matter if you can do the pose perfectly. You can come in and take the class. I think a lot of people are scared of it because they see the pictures of the beautiful girl who is slim and toned in the perfect pose. You don’t have to be. “

After retiring from a career as a respiratory therapist at Bassett Medical Center, she turned her attention to the wellness center. The doors opened a month before COVID-19 and locked everything. Quattrociocchi immediately shifted gears and took classes virtually. They also offered online curb pickup for the store.

“That was pretty scary,” said Quattrociocchi. “But the community supported us a lot. Many of my customers stayed with me. “

At the No Mud No Lotus Holistic Wellness Center and Yoga Studio, the philosophy is that wellness begins within and that every person is capable of transformation.

“A lot of people are sick,” she says. “But if you look at the holistic aspect, that doesn’t mean illness, but illness in the body. Medically we try to treat it with medication, holistically we try to treat it with natural methods. Both can be combined. There are certain things that you will need medication for. But you can potentially lower your need for medication as you increase your holistic wellbeing. Maybe you change your diet and it will improve your diabetes, or you may limit inflammatory foods and combine this with yoga to reduce inflammation in the joints. “

Finally, Quattrociocchi wants to add even more services to the mix, including acupuncture and nutritional advice.

“My ultimate goal is to be able to offer a variety of different programs to different customers,” she said. “To have something for everyone so that more people can be introduced to yoga and the entire wellness aspect.”

There is a website, nomudnolotusyoga.com, where people can shop and find information on prices, schedules, and online bookings.

No Mud No Lotus has a network of regular customers and it is good news for Quattrociocci that the center is growing.

“A lot of people like the environment here, the ambience,” she says. “It’s a pleasant feeling for them.”

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