Shanti Hot Yoga is preparing to open its third studio in Halifax in July, and its first on the peninsula.
Shanti Hot Yoga first opened its doors in Dartmouth, N.S. in 2010. As it gained popularity, Don MacGillivary and his wife Uriel decided to open another studio in Bedford, N.S. in 2013. Now they are getting ready to open their third studio which will be located on Spring Garden road beside Lululemon.
MacGillivary says he and his wife decided to open their third studio so they could reach all demographics in the downtown area.
“Whether it’s a student who lives in Dartmouth and goes to school in Halifax, or the person in the workforce who lives in suburbia but works in the downtown core, it allows for a lot more flexibility,” said MacGillivary.
The new studio in Halifax will be smaller than the current studios, which means Don and his wife are considering cutting out pre-natal classes, as well as the mother and baby classes. The classes will still be offered at both their other locations.
Teaching positions for the new Halifax location will first be offered to staff currently working for Shanti Hot Yoga who are willing to take on more classes. However, MacGillivary expects the Halifax studio to be the busiest of the three and they will have to hire more teachers.
Shanti Hot Yoga’s Halifax studio will be located beside Lululemon and Serpentine studios.
“Ultimately, I think the effect of Shanti Hot Yoga opening another studio on Spring Garden will result in greater accessibility of yoga to those in the downtown core. The more people doing yoga, the better,” said Diana Brown, studio manager at Moksha Yoga Halifax, located off Spring Garden road.
Laura Selenzi, co-founder of Serpentine Studios, also welcomes Shanti.
“I have heard good things about Shanti,” said Selenzi. “It is our philosophy that there is more than enough to go around, and that each student will find the right place for them.”