Yoga teacher and inventor of wheels opens studio in Sayville

The woman who invented the Dharma Yoga Wheel – a godsend for athletes with muscle tension in the back, shoulders and hips – moved to Sayville, opening her own studio on South Main Street.

Raquel Vamos and his business partner Carlyn Burcyzk welcomed the community to Free spirits during an opening event May 18-19, offering free yoga classes all weekend.

The two opened Free Spirits in Patchogue last year.

Six years ago, 32-year-old Vamos and co-inventor Dov Vargas introduced the world to the Dharma Yoga Wheel, a plastic mechanism designed to conform to the contour of the spine and aid in back flexion. Britney Spears and many NFL players have taken to social media to tout the product’s benefits.

Sales quickly skyrocketed to over $ 1 million, and Vamos quit her job as a pediatric nurse to work full-time promoting the wheel, which is made in the United States. At one point, the Holbrook native’s business was selling nearly 100 units a day.

But things cooled when foreign manufacturers released knockoffs of the Vamos wheel.

Vamos said promoting her yoga prop has taken her to travel the world teaching yoga that incorporated the wheel.

“It’s such a great tool, not for people who do yoga. It helps open up your shoulders and chest, ”said Vamos, a high school graduate from Sachem.

Vamos, yoga instructor for 10 years, integrates the wheel into her practice at Free Spirits.

What we do here is a little different from what other studios do because traditional yoga is sometimes very rigid, ”she said. “It’s exciting to bring the flexibility of what yoga is to the studio and remind people that the goal is to achieve that freedom within them.

“When you are free and open, then everything else thrives. I’m delighted to bring this to Sayville, ”she added.

Students in Vamos classes are encouraged to release their tension in different ways.

To open up the energy fields, you have to let go, ”she said. “So by letting go, you can scream, you can laugh, and you can cry and tremble.

“We have to move the system for the energy to be released. You cannot expect the emotions from the past that are stuck in your body to release on their own, ”Vamos added.

Free Spirits offers warm flow, yoga for teens, belly dancing and aerial yoga. Classes – scheduled every day of the week – start from 5:30 a.m. and until 8:30 p.m.