536 Route 214
Chichester, NY 12416
Even Oprah does it. Yes, the Queen of Daytime TV did a televised trot over burning coals not too long ago as part of a workshop run by self-help guru Tony Robbins, who uses the technique to encourage people to overcome inner fears and just do it. Closer to home, the Chichester Yoga studio in Ulster County held its most recent firewalking session in July, with another sizzling opportunity set for next summer, says Dan Glynn of Connecticut, an acclaimed “firewalking facilitator” (check out www.firewalk.yoga.com), who oversaw the Chichester event. That walk was designed for students graduating from a yoga teacher training course held at Chichester; and the public was also welcome to participate, he explains. Chichester Yoga, owned by Megan Leigh, offers lots of other programs, too: yoga classes for individuals and families, massage, and other holistic-oriented services and programs. (One yoga class is held in a specially heated, 90-degree room, if you’re not quite ready to hit the coals.) About 15 hardy souls put their soles on the line in the most recent Chichester firewalk, Glynn says. “Beforehand, you get a three-hour training to prep for the walk. And we even light the fire together.” The path is about 25 feet long and requires participants to hotfoot it for about 10 — yikes — steps. “People have all kinds of reasons why they want to walk through the fire,” Glynn says, which range from “I’ve never done it before” to spiritual seekers who aim for inner transformation through the experience.