Ever since Laura Zaranski opened East Wind Acupuncture 13 years ago in
Chestrton, she had a goal of one day filling the gap in the health services
The acupuncture, massage therapy and Chinese herbal medicines at the clinic
have provided treatment modalities for thousands of patients. But Zaranski
said the clinic hasn’t been able to focus as much on the other component of
Chinese medicine: Lifestyle enhancements that focus on self-health and
That gap has now been filled.
At the start of this year, Zaranski, MS, L.Ac., opened East Wind Studios at
101 Second Street in downtown Chesterton. The studio offers a variety of
classes, including yoga, tai chi, meditation, qi gong, zumba, and pilates,
and monthly workshops featuring specialists who address topics as diverse as
healthy relationships to intense yoga.
“I’ve always had a vision for my clinic to include all aspects of Chinese
medicine,” Zaranski said.
This Monday, a ribbon cutting ceremony held in conjunction with the
Chesterton-Duneland Chamber of Commerce will officially launch the opening
of East Wind Studios. The public is invited to the event, which will be from
4 to 6 p.m., with the ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be
The studio has nine instructors, each with extensive experience and
qualifications in their respective fields, Zaranski said. Group classes run
Mondays through Saturdays.
The studio does not have memberships, but instead invites people to attend
classes on a drop-in basis or to purchase punch cards entitling them to
attend any of the group classes. The cost is $15 for walk-ins, with a
10-class punch card for $125 and a 20-class punch card for $200. Discounts
are offered for seniors and students.
In addition to the fee-based classes and workshops, East Wind Studios offers
free classes open to the public every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on various
health, fitness and wellness subjects.
The studios opened at the start of January and began offering a full slate
of classes from the start. So far, yoga and meditation have been the most
“It’s been really postive,” Zaranski said. “We’ve had so many people stop in
and say they’re so excited to have a local yoga studio.”
The studio is a natural extension of Zaranski’s passion to help others live
healthy lives. She majored in biological sciences in pre-med and studied
natural medicine. She was intrigued by Chinese medicine, noting that it’s a
medical system thousands of years old that has helped maintain the largest
populations in the world. As a post-graduate, she focused on Chinese
medicine, a four-year course of study. She noted that both Eastern and
Western medicines are needed, with the Western system particularly vital in
acute and emergency situations.
information, call East Wind Studios at (219) 728-1647 or e-mail at
scheduling will be online.