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LANSING, N.Y. — The first major project in a yoga center taking shape on a 65-acre farm in Lansing will open this month when the renovation of a century-old barn into a state-of-the-art wellness center is completed.

The grand opening of the 1,200-square-foot wellness center at the Yoga Farm will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 19, at 404 Conlon Road. Christopher Grant, owner of the Yoga Farm, will donate $10 for every guest who attends the celebration into a scholarship fund for low-income families, single parents, and fixed-income seniors who want to take yoga classes. The event is open to the public.

“This will allow everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, to take the first step toward their own wellness,” said Grant, a certified yoga teacher who launched the Yoga Farm on the property last year.

This summer, the Yoga Farm will offer a new program in the wellness center designed to help overweight people return to balance through a combination of yoga classes with Grant and counseling sessions with Daniela Hess, a spiritual life coach. The program is available in one-day camps and in four- and twelve-week sessions.

“There’s a strong link between being overweight and being depressed,” Grant said.”Yoga balances the body and the mind so that people can find what they’re truly hungry for.”

For Wendy Morgan, a retired chef from Ithaca, the center has offered her the chance to start taking yoga again after she was forced to give it up because of health problems.

“Just working to getting my health back and getting back in shape, I feel like it’s such an oasis,” said Morgan, who began classes at the Yoga Farm in May. “I just feel comfortable there.”

Grant, the founder and former CEO of Gorges, a software development firm in Ithaca, envisions a full retreat center on the farm bordering a 65-foot waterfall, which would offer yoga classes, nature hikes, guest lectures, workshops and lodging in cottages on the property.

For more information on the Yoga Farm, contact Christopher Grant at (607)280-2010 or at Yoga Farm is online at

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.