On any given day in West Philadelphia, residents travel through the neighborhood via various public trolleys, all of which run past a variety of gift boutiques, organic eateries, bookstores and art and culture centers in the area.
Studio 34, named after the 34 trolley that runs along Baltimore Avenue, has served as a healing, yoga and arts center to the Cedar Park community.
Located at 4522 Baltimore Ave., Studio 34, which doubles as a community center, was founded by Stephen Fisher, Angie Norris and James Peniston.
“We all shared overlapping interests,” said Norris, who also works full time as a family nurse practitioner. The trio established the studio as a yoga, healing and arts center that promoted wellness through healing practices and creative arts.
Like Norris, both Fisher and Peniston offer a unique background to the establishment. Fisher works as an instructor in internal eastern arts and also teaches various yoga sessions at the studio.
Peniston, a sculptor, has diversified the studio by fusing creative art, the community and overall wellness together.
The studio has operated through a host of local independent wellness providers, all of which who rent out space in the studio and offer healing, massage, coaching and therapy services.
Studio 34 not only provides yoga and nutrition education sessions but has also operated as a community meeting facility and platform for artists who seek to showcase their work to the community.
“We want to promote wellness throughout [the neighborhood],” Fisher said.
For more information on Studio 34, visit its website at www.studio34yoga.com.