The Light Yoga & Wholeness Studio is preparing for an unveiling party, then a grand opening, followed by years of providing the community with a place to learn meditation, yoga, and holistic health.
The co-owners are two yogis with decades of experience and passion: Mei-Ling Chow-Mintenko and Jessie Reid. They have renovated the ground-floor warehouse space at the back of 32 Manitoba Street West into a chic, inclusive zone of calm.
Co-founder Jessie Reid said the warehouse area was totally empty when they took over, creating an ideal opportunity.
“We designed the studio we wanted basically from scratch,” she explained. “We’ve been teaching yoga together at different places in Moose Jaw over the last 10 years. We decided it was time for us to create our own yoga-centered space.”
Reid and Chow-Mintenko began studying yoga at about the same time — about 20 years ago. They met when they both started teaching at the Yoga Loft on Main Street.
“We’re offering classes that are going to focus more on finding a place to be with yourself,” Reid said. “Our classes are not focused on a physical workout so much as working into yourself. There’s several different styles and levels of yoga practice available at the studio, so we hope to be able to support our clients where they are.”
Clients will be able to learn yoga alongside developing a mindfulness practice, getting stronger, and learning to let go of their day.
“We find this is a nice holistic approach where you can really just focus on what it is you need,” Reid said. “Specifically, at that time of your life, your day, whatever you’re going through.”
Several other instructors will teach at the studio part-time. Check out thelightyogastudio.com/about-3 to see bios for each of them.
The studio has been selling founder memberships, giving new clients six months of classes at a discounted price. Reid was happy to report that community support has been excellent so far, and all the founder memberships have been claimed.
An official unveiling of the completed studio is planned for Saturday, August 27. Free tickets were offered to anyone who registered — the unveiling tickets were again completely claimed within three days.
Singer/songwriter Brian Paul D.G. will perform live for the unveiling, alongside live art by local artist Jess Zoerb. Chow-Mintenko and Reid have commissioned a studio art piece from Zoerb and she will work on it during the event.
Doors open for business on Sept. 6, but the grand open house is Saturday, Sept. 10, featuring free beginner yoga classes and the Untamed Bloom Bar. Pre-registration for open house classes is required through the studio website.
The Light will donate 15 per cent of the proceeds of passes sold on September 10 to the Moose Jaw Transition House. Fifty per cent of Bloom Bar bundles sold will also go to Transition House.
The Light Yoga & Wholeness Studio is active on Facebook at facebook.com/thelightyogastudio.