our story

Our studio was founded by Sonia Shultis in 2016. Sonia was newly relocated to the area and in search of community. Following true form of “build it and they will come,” Sonia invited friends and neighbors to practice in her home, eventually growing large enough to support a handful of local teachers and a variety of class offerings. Seeing the need for more connection and with these humble origins in mind, Sonia felt the opportunity to expand to a brick and mortar and in the Spring of 2017, TRIBE YOGA officially became Oneonta’s first dedicated yoga studio. Named as a tribute to Sonia's Polynesian heritage, Sonia created a space celebrating the power of human connection, the value of all life, and the peace created when we feel at home.

The year 2020 shifted things in many ways and highlighted areas for change and transformation. In the fall of 2021, the studio changed hands and in the wake of Sonia's departure as owner it no longer felt appropriate to use her family heritage for a namesake. Thus, Yoga People Oneonta was born.


YPO seeks to be a community of living yoga where all feel welcomed and free to express their practice. We acknowledge that no space can ever be guaranteed safe or accessible for all, but we strive to lead by example in the ongoing pursuit to learn, align words with actions, and create a space where it feels comfortable to be you

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