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Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 2:08 pm

SEAVILLE — Southern New Jersey natives Tara Todd and Nicole Crudele, an aunt and niece duo, turned their love of healthy eating and exercise into the new yoga and health food shop Luna Soul & Bowls. 

Crudele said she found yoga in 2013 and it has changed her life and health tremendously. 

“I didn’t know that yoga and taking care of myself could help me heal in such a profound way,” she said.

In 2016-17, Crudele became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) after completing a 250-hour course. She teaches a variety of different styles of yoga, specializing in aerial yoga, all of which will be offered at Luna Soul & Bowls.

Todd, a teacher of the deaf for 25 years in Vineland, always wanted to open a business in Upper Township but wasn’t sure what kind. Her answer came while vacationing in North Carolina with her family. She tried an acai bowl for the first time and that sparked her obsession.

After doing the research, Todd realized that she not only enjoyed making and eating the different bowl creations for her family at home but that the acai berry contains 16 different antioxidants, making it an obvious healthy choice for a meal. And it was that kind of healthy eating that she wanted to bring to the area.  

“When my 7-year-old started asking for an acai smoothie, I knew I had found something. There are a few places that offer bowls in Upper, but not one store that specializes in just the acai bowl creation. We are that store,” Todd said.

Knowing that it was Crudele’s dream to one day open her own yoga studio, Todd approached her in May with the idea.  

“I wasn’t sure if I was ready to take that leap but knew in my heart this was a chance for us to build and offer something extremely special to the community here, and decided I couldn’t say no,” Crudele said.

The business’ mission statement:

“Here at Luna Souls & Bowls we offer something for every phase of your life. We exist to bring the community peace, love and nourishment through movement of the body and providing wholesome foods. We provide a safe place for you to be your most creative, authentic self. At Luna Soul & Bowls, everyone and every body is welcomed and encouraged to join.” 

Todd and Crudele are very particular about the vibe they want for the studio. So they, along with some friends and family members, have put endless hours into rehabbing the two storefronts in between Guiseppe’s Gourmet restaurant and Moonlight Tattoo on Route 50. 

“Many people have stopped in only to find us covered in paint, insulation and sweat,” Crudele said. “It’s a labor of love, and we couldn’t be more grateful for all the support and excitement the community is showing us.”

Todd lives in Upper Township with her husband, Joe, and two children, Sara and Gavin. She is very involved in numerous activities and clubs. She is passionate about eating healthy, wholesome foods in everyday life, and it shows through the way she takes care of herself and her family and now she wants to offer that to the community.

Crudele is in school to become a certified aromatherapist. She not only is conscious about what she puts in her body, but what she puts on her body. Natural Creations by Nicole is her other passion. She makes organic, nontoxic, chemical-free, natural aromatherapy and skin care products. These products are a healthy alternative to healing your body naturally and will also be available at Luna Soul & Bowls.

Some people may be nervous about trying something new.  

“In the past, I have been referred to as a ‘reluctant yogi,’” Todd said. “I have always enjoyed exercise but never quite fell in love with yoga ... until I took a class with Nicole. She has a very special way of making you feel totally comfortable with your movement, your body and your mind. It’s nice to escape the realities of life and focus on myself for those 45 minutes.”

Todd and Crudele came up with the name Luna Soul & Bowls with the hope of connecting their dreams with every person who enters the studio. Just like the moon, souls go through different phases, they said.

“Our studio doesn’t fit just one type of person,” Crudele said. “We are here to support every phase of your life physically, spiritually and mentally.”

Luna Soul & Bowls opened Dec. 1 at 108 Route 50, Units 2 and 3, in the Seaville section of Upper Township. Call (609) 938-4742 or visit lunasoulandbowl.com for more information.

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