Downtown Effingham recently had a mysterious visitor.
Clad in an all-black spandex bodysuit, 29-year-old Kaycie Metzelaars went around to various landmarks and businesses, posing with different yoga postures to promote both the downtown area and yoga at large.
“These are places I’ve had personal encounters with,” said Metzelaars. “Small business owners around here are really inspiring to me.”
Metzelaars grew up attending Beecher City schools and moved away to Tacoma, Washington, her freshman year of high school. After earning a degree in philosophy and psychology from the University of Portland, Metzelaars moved to Baton Rouge, where she taught special education through Teach America for two years.
In 2012, the Effingham area native decided to move back home to start a family and become an entrepreneur.
“I’m focusing on the spiritual coaching aspect,” said Metzelaars. “All my practices come back to connecting to your core self.”
Metzelaars’ business, The Chakra Lady, doesn’t have a storefront. But it fosters a state of mind through various workshops, tarot readings and retreats.
“Around here I mostly practice yoga,” said Metzelaars.