Southern Om Hot Yoga’s second location at 1116 S. Main St. in Greenville has opened in the West End at the intersection of Main Street and Perry Avenue behind the Nachmann Norwood & Parrott office and steps away from the under-construction mixed-use development The Greene.
The original Southern Om studio that opened in 2010 is located next to Whole Foods Market on Woodruff Road. Both are owned by Pace Beattie, who says he wasn’t necessarily looking for a second location when this new space became available but it seemed like a good opportunity. The space was formerly the home of Zanti Power Yoga before the studio merged with Soul Yoga in 2017.
Beattie, who did much of the handyman work in the renovation, consulted with a feng shui expert for the interior design of the new location, choosing design elements that she recommended to be in line with a yoga practice, such as moving the front desk to the side to keep the line of sight open from the front door, rounding the corners of all of the blonde-wood custom millwork to minimize harsh angles, and adding mirrors on particular walls to extend the sightline.
The West End space has two studios — one is the Moon studio, which is kept at between 80-90 degrees, and the Sun studio, which is heated up to 105 degrees.
“We like to teach classes hotter than what they used to here, so what we ended up doing was putting up these heat panels,” Beattie says, pointing to the 30 infrared heat panels suspended from the ceiling. “So not only do they make the ceiling look a little bit softer and easier, they put out heat as well.”
Beattie says it took him a month to hang all of the rectangular panels, which required about 600 threaded rods, bolts, and washers.
“It was mind-boggling,” he says.
The majority of classes are held in the Sun studio, while some of the flow, yin, and children’s classes are held in the Moon studio.
Like the Woodruff Road location, offerings include heated classes in both static and vinyasa flow styles, along with new classes such as Ashtanga primary series, southern stretch (a restorative yoga practice), southern yin, kids yoga, and hot pilates. Classes are offered seven days a week. Times range from 6 a.m.-9 p.m.