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Luna Soul & Bowls helping people heal naturally

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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 1:02 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP — Last May, Luna Soul & Bowls, a yoga studio and acai bowl store, was “literally just a dream,” co-owner Tara Todd said. 

Within seven months, the dream was a brick-and-mortar business. 

Todd, a teacher in Vineland, knew she wanted to open a business in Upper Township, and her niece, Nicole Crudele, a yoga instructor, aspired to own her own studio one day. 

Todd lives in Upper Township with her family, while Crudele grew up in Sea Isle City, graduated from Ocean City High School and worked for several years at a library in Upper Township. 

That day came sooner than she expected when Todd approached Crudele about going into business together. 

“We want everyone to feel welcome,” Crudele said. There isn’t one type of body that can do yoga, “it’s for everybody,” she said. 

They take the same approach with their bowls and smoothies and offer many customizable options for customers. 

Crudele and Todd renovated a storefront that sat empty for several years, including taking down the ceilings, painting and much more. 

“We have a very particular vibe we wanted in the studio,” Crudele said. 

“It’s really been a labor of love and everything that’s in here, we picked,” Todd said. “We created the logo together. We picked all of the décor. We picked the classes. We put the menu together. We did it all from scratch and we did it all pretty carefully. We really thought about what we want our product to be on both sides.” 

Luna Soul & Bowls offers 82 yoga classes a month, catering to all skill levels. Some classes include aerial yoga, restorative yoga, chair yoga, prenatal yoga, a parent and me class, and an early morning, 45-minute Expresso class, in addition to many others. 

Once a month, a Full Moon Ritual class is offered, which includes going through moon salutations and setting intentions. It is not offered in June and July.   

“It’s a good way to set an intention, to release what is no longer serving you … and when the new moon comes setting new intentions,” Crudele said. 

On the first Sunday of the month, they hold a free yoga class with live acoustic music. 

The other side of the business, Luna Bowls, offers a variety of acai bowls, smoothies and Moon Balls, their take on protein balls. 

Some of their acai bowl offerings include the Luna Bowl, an acai blend with strawberries, bananas, blueberries, coconut flakes and Nutella, or the Full Moon Bowl, an acai blend with vanilla whey protein, bananas, strawberries, dark cacao, coconut flakes and almond butter. 

Patrons can also create their own custom bowl. 

Smoothies include the Lunar Day, with pineapple, mango, banana, orange juice and agave nectar, and the Eclipse, which has acai berries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas and soy milk. 

Customizable options are also available. 

They use organic acai. 

The homemade Moon Balls range from chocolate to peanut butter to strawberry options.  

One includes ingredients such as almonds, medjool dates, raw cacao powder, almond butter, coconut oil and chia seeds. 

They also offer granola, which does not have nuts, and fair trade, organic coffee. 

Luna Soul & Bowls delivers to all local businesses, including to the Upper Township School District buildings. 

They deliver to the primary school on Tuesdays, to the elementary school on Wednesdays and to the middle school on Thursdays. 

Crudele also teaches yoga to students in a yoga club in the Upper Township School District. 

They are also running a six-week yoga program for teachers in Dennis Township. 

Private yoga classes and private events, including birthday parties, can also be held at Luna Soul & Bowls. 

On running their own business, Crudele said it is amazing. 

“It makes me feel like we’re really contributing something to the community,” she said.  “This is my purpose. This is it. I really just want to help people heal naturally.”

“I love it,” Todd said about being a business owner. “This is like my happy place.”

Luna Soul & Bowls is located at 108 Route 50 in Upper Township. In the winter, it is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Yoga class times vary.  

For more information, call (609) 938-4742 or visit lunasoulandbowls.com.

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