Photo courtesy of Lotus Rising Yoga
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Lotus Rising Yoga, a new yoga studio in Spring Hill, will be holding its grand opening this Saturday at 10 a.m., where guests can partake in free yoga classes, enjoy food and drink, as well as be entered in a drawing for a free month of yoga classes. Those who register for a class or membership on Saturday will also see 10% off their purchase.
Offering a multitude of different styles of yoga in group classes and private sessions, the yoga studio offers classes from 5:45 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Lotus Rising Yoga’s founder, Kelley Lea, saw the lack of a business dedicated solely to yoga as the perfect opportunity to bring her passion to Spring Hill.
“One of the reasons that I wanted to open a place in Spring Hill is there aren’t that many yoga options available here, and a lot of them are more fitness oriented – which is great and keeps people healthy, but what benefits me the most in the yoga practice is the philosophy behind it, and so I wanted to bring classes that incorporated that element into it,” Lea said. “I wanted to bring yoga to the community that would provide [not just] that physical release, but mental as well.”
Lea is no stranger to yoga, either. Since the age of three, Lea’s life had been dedicated to competitive gymnastics, competing in everything from bar vault to power tumbling. After years of competing, however, Lea said that the nonstop strenuous physical activity began to catch up with her.
In Lea’s mid 20s, a colleague suggested she try yoga to help her with injuries. Lea said she was instantly hooked, and had been engrossed in the benefits of yoga ever since.
Lea was so enthralled by yoga, that she eventually took a trip to Rishikesh, India to further study the physical practice. Often called the “yoga capital of the world,” Rishikesh is a city that sits at the base of the Himalaya Mountains, and is considered the birthplace of yoga.
While in Rishikesh, Lea trained with the Vedic Yoga Foundation, and would train for 14 hours a day, 7 days a week for a solid month.
“We lived, breathed and ate yoga,” Lea said. “We actually lived at the school, we ate with all of our teachers, all of our gurus… it was a full immersion-type thing.”
Ultimately, Lea hopes she can bring her love of yoga, as well as all of its benefits, to the residents of Spring Hill. Residents, Lea said, that are unlike any other she’s seen.
“Spring Hill in particular has such a wonderful sense of community,” Lea said. “I love that so many people from so many different parts of the country or the world have come together here, and they support each other, they care about each other, they do things for one another… it’s just really, really cool.”