The grand opening of the Oasis Hot Yoga Studio has been pushed back due to complications with contractors, but owner and instructor Tiffany Shelton says they will open their doors when they can.
“We are still trying to get open as soon as possible, but we definitely won’t be having like a grand opening,” she said. “We’re just going to try and get up and running with classes and schedules as soon as we can.”
The facility will be the first of its kind in Lloydminster, with specially designed heating and humidification systems and a keen eye for environmental friendliness. The studio will also employ several experienced instructors with different yoga backgrounds.
“The heating system, it has been designed by a hot yoga expert in the states and he sent us down everything, so it’s like state of the art,” said Shelton. “We put a lot of time and money and energy into making sure that it was a proper heating system and not just a room where somebody has turned the thermostat up.”
She also said the heating system is energy efficient and all the paint in the studio is low VOC (volatile organic compound). Paints containing VOCs release chemicals into the air, making it especially bad for people practicing yoga who are trying to focus on their breathing.
“You don’t know that it’s happening, but it happens and so we decided to go that extra mile and spend a little bit more money in making sure our paint wasn’t that toxic stuff giving off any chemicals into the air.”
Shelton said there are definitely benefits when comparing hot yoga to the regular styles as the heat helps relax the muscles, allowing for a deeper stretch and sweating cleanses the body.
“Sweating is detoxifying, so adding that heat and getting a good sweat helps to clear out and detoxify the system. Also in a hot environment, breathing is so important, so just taking those deep slow breaths ... you can’t really get through a hot yoga class without focusing on breath.”
Even though the studio hasn’t opened yet, Shelton said there has been a lot of interest from the public. She thinks perhaps because of the busy lifestyles people in Lloydminster tend to lead, yoga offers a good release for them. She said it’s a good opportunity for people to slow down and focus on themselves.
“We’ve had a really good response and there are a lot of people just waiting for us to get those classes going.”