No Mud No Lotus Holistic Wellness Center and Yoga Studio is the labor of love and healing of owner Sandy Quattrociocchi.
Her business, located at 8388 Elmer Hill Road, Rome, features offerings that support mind, body, and soul. These include yoga, fitness classes, reiki and other healing energy sessions, meditation, aromatherapy, custom herbal blending, workshops, and more. The center also includes a shop filled with a variety of locally made products from different vendors, such as essential oils, jewelry, concrete Buddha statues, herbal tea bends, and natural remedies.
Quattrociocchi, of Westernville, is a registered yoga instructor, reiki master, and a certified aromatherapist. Her own experience with medical issues led her to practice yoga and pursue natural wellness methods.
She strives to create an inclusive and welcoming environment at her wellness center.
“Yoga is for every body,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if you can do the pose perfectly. It’s that you can come in and do the class. I think a lot of people are afraid of it because they see the pictures of the beautiful girl who is lean and toned, in the perfect pose. You don’t have to be that.”
Once she retired from a career as a respiratory therapist with Bassett Medical Center, she redirected her attention towards the wellness center. The doors opened a month before COVID-19 took hold and shut everything down. Quattrociocchi immediately shifted gears and took the classes virtual. She also offered online, curbside pickup for the shop.
“That was quite frightening,” Quattrociocchi said. “But the community has been very supportive. Many of my clients stayed with me.”
At No Mud No Lotus Holistic Wellness Center and Yoga Studio the philosophy is that wellness starts within and every person is capable of transformation.
“A lot of people have disease,” she said. “But if you look at the holistic aspect, it’s not called disease, it’s called dis-ease within the body. Medically we are trying to treat that with pharmaceuticals, holistically we are trying to treat that with natural methods. The two can combine. There are certain things that you need to have medicine for. But you might be able to decrease your need for medication if you increase your holistic wellness. Perhaps you change your diet and it improves your diabetes or you limit inflammatory foods and pair that with yoga to decrease inflammation in the joints.”
Eventually Quattrociocchi wants to add even more services to the mix, including acupuncture and nutrition counseling.
“My ultimate goal is to be able to offer a variety of different programs to different clientele,” she said. “to have something for everyone, so that more people can be introduced to yoga and the overall wellness aspect.”
There is a website, nomudnolotusyoga.com, where people can shop and find information about pricing, schedules, and online booking.
No Mud No Lotus is cultivating a network of return clients and it is gratifying for Quattrociocci to see the center grow.
“A lot of people like the environment here, the ambiance,” she said. “It’s a comfortable feeling for them.”