The Light Yoga & Wholeness Studio (The Light) hosted more than 50 guests Saturday evening (Aug. 27) for an unveiling soiree complete with mocktails, music, painting, and candles.
Guests said they were thrilled to be in the space, which was gently lit and peaceful.
The Light was co-founded by yogis Jessie Reid and Mei-Ling Chow-Mintenko.
“It’s beautiful, and it has this amazing energy and calmness to it,” said Wanda Peakman. “I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”
Peakman took her instructor’s course with Chow-Mintenko. The course is 200 hours long and covers anatomy, philosophy and ethics, the history of yoga, teaching strategies, and personal development. A new teaching course is scheduled to start this fall.
“For me,” Peakman said, “yoga grounds me and brings me back to the moment. It’s different for everyone, but it a way of being with yourself and doing something for you.”
Singer/songwriter Brian Paul D.G. performed for the event, and artist Jess Zoerb worked on an art piece commissioned for the studio.
Chow-Mintenko said she was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the community so far — and hopeful for the future of the business.
“We’re trying to create the kind of place we’ve always longed for and needed in our own practices,” she explained. “We want to create a sanctuary that’s all-inclusive for all beings and practices. … No matter what level of yoga practice you have, this is a sanctuary for people to grow, feel better, do better, and heal, really.”
Alysha Dixon was at the unveiling to support Jessie Reid, who started Dixon on her yoga journey.
“I did prenatal yoga with her,” Dixon said, “which would have been about four or five years ago. … It was life-changing, transformational. It started me off on my spiritual journey, and Jessie is so gifted and amazing at what she does. This is perfect for her.”
“Our community needs these kinds of spaces,” guest Sundance Robson commented. “It’s open and beautiful and it’s got this wonderful vibe to it. It’s everything I want to feel when I come to an urban yoga studio.”
Classes begin Sept. 6 and there will be another Open House event on Sept. 10 featuring free beginner classes and a flower bar from Untamed Blooms and Botanicals. The Light and Untamed Blooms will be donating part of the proceeds from the open house to the Moose Jaw Transition House.
Find out more about Moose Jaw’s newest yoga studio at www.thelightyogastudio.com.