SELLERSVILLE >> A lot of people helped get Shanteel Yoga Sanctuary ready to go.

“It’s community based here at the studio, so everything that was accomplished here was done fully as a community,” said Claudine Schuster, who with her husband, Erik, opened Shanteel New Year’s Day on N. Branch Street in Sellersville.

“We gutted the building and rebuilt everything in two weeks,” she said. “People spent Christmas with us, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve. Some people spent two hours, some people spent two weeks solid with us. It was amazing. It would’ve never been done without the help of the community.”

“We’ve been blessed having so many people,” Erik Schuster said. “It was everybody.”

Reclaimed materials were used as much as possible in the rebuilding work, he said.

About 75 people came out for the first class, which was held on New Year’s Day, Claudine Schuster said.

“Our motto is building strength as a community to find peace,” she said.

Yoga, meditation, sound healing, massage, Reiki, intuitive life guide, belly dancing and journey dancing are some of the Shanteel offerings, she said.

“As a community, we come together to create a healing arts sanctuary,” Schuster said.

“A safe place,” added Marcy Stone, intuitive life guide.

The Yoga for Recovery class is for people who have been in programs dealing with addiction, she said.

“The first four classes are free and then we incorporate them into another program like the basics or Gentle Flow,” Stone said. “They find it’s very healing for them, the structure.”

A 4 p.m. Sunday yoga class for persons of all levels is by donation with the proceeds going to local families or organizations, Schuster said.

More than $500 was raised in January for a mother who lost her 3-year-old son and had medical costs for herself; the February money was going to LifePath, Schuster said.

“Every month, we’re going to pick a different local charity to give all that money to. It’s not a lot, but it’s something,” she said.

People can get memberships to Shanteel or attend individual classes, she said.

Information, including class schedules and pricing, is available at

Special community classes are offered for a $5 drop-in price, Schuster said. A schedule shows those classes including 6:30 p.m. Sunday Meditation Circle, 7 p.m. Tuesday Community Vinyasa, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Community All Levels yoga, and 4 p.m. Fridays Chair Yoga.

The teachers at Shanteel “all have amazing skills in the healing world,” Schuster said.

Shanteel will also have works by local artisans, she said.

Dr. Seuss quotes are stenciled on a wall in one of Shanteel’s rooms, dedicated to Sydney Stone, who was a friend and instructor, Schuster said.

Sydney Stone was also Marcy Stone’s daughter.

Dr. Seuss was a muse to Sydney Stone, Schuster said.

“I can’t tell you how many people are inspired by Dr. Seuss’ words,” Schuster said.

Sydney Stone, 21, died in a Christmas Eve 2016 crash in Upper Providence. The driver of the ATV on which Stone was a passenger is scheduled for trial this year in Montgomery County Court on charges including homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, online court information shows.

Sydney Stone’s favorite Dr. Seuss quote — “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you’er than you!” — was the first quote put on the wall, Marcy Stone and Schuster said.

“We got this place beautiful and up and running in two weeks,” Stone said.

“You know that expression about it takes a village? We had a village and one big angel,” she said.

“Everything just flowed so smoothly,” Stone said. “That just doesn’t happen. It was remarkable and it’s still continuing to flow like that.”

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