Bringing peace to the streets
Making Yoga accessible to everyone is the goal of Om-Balance Yoga, a mobile wellness unit bringing peace and inner tranquility to wherever you are — or want to be. Launched by Lafayette-based Yoga guru Neil Grisham, Om-Balance Yoga offers Yoga, meditation, Tai Chi and Thai Yoga (“Lazy man’s Yoga”) on a donation basis.
Behind the Omie
At age 20, Grisham discovered Yoga while studying for his General Studies/Behavioral Sciences degree at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. “I was looking for a way to better direct my energy and learn about who I was at that age,” he revealed.
After graduating from UL, he studied at Lafayette Yoga Center and Anodea Judith’s course, Chakra Balancing. Following completion of 200 hours at LYC, the Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200) started teaching Yoga and Tai Chi at Lourdes Fitness Center, adding classes at Red Lerille’s Health & Racquet Club and Little Creek Yoga at Camellia House.
Two years ago, while searching for a van to do some camping and traveling, he found a 1991 E350 ambulance on Craigslist, and Om (meaning universal connection and peace) was born. “My imagination has always been strong,” Grisham shared. “I thought, what else can I do?”
He turned the old ambulance into a mobile wellness center, transforming the interior into a “peaceful space” for meditation and gong therapy. In the true spirit of Yoga, he does all renovations and repairs himself, creating a personal connection to the Om-bulance and its purpose.
“Most yoga studios have classes fixed at a set price, and a lot of people cannot afford to do that,” Grisham explained. “So, I offer wellness on a donation basis.”
Grisham offers classes everywhere from the privacy of clients’ homes to public parks. “I installed a speaker system, so I just drive up, open the doors and have class,” he said. He also travels to day care centers, the Vermilion Center for Veterans and Art Walk.