By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 2, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — It’s been two months since a shooting at a yoga studio in Tallahassee left two dead and five others injured.
Now, the owner of Tallahassee Hot Yoga is working to reopen. Plans are set to hold the studio's first two classes since the shooting on Saturday.
In a newsletter sent out by owner Brittani Whittington, she wrote, “I'm going to show up for the practice that I love with my whole heart because I won't live in fear. I'll never stop seeking spiritual understanding and acceptance, trying to do good in this world and trusting that I am making all of the right decisions. I hope you too will arrive at this place over time.”
Whittington explained that the studio has been renovated. A second exit door has been added, as well as a medium-sized window behind the front desk looking into the yoga room. Plus, she has installed security cameras. All are part of her efforts to make the place feel “safe and renewed.”
“My stomach is nauseous as I have to sit here and explain these things. The feeling of helplessness is still very heavy,” she wrote. “But, I feel good about the updates we've made and they give me needed peace.”
The studio will hold two classes on Saturday. The first is 108 Sun Salutations at 10 a.m. The second is Sacred Music at 5 p.m. According to Hot Yoga’s website, both have a waiting list.
In her newsletter, Whittington also wrote she will be leading the 5 p.m. class. And, that it’s her first and final class she’ll teach in 2019.
Businesses in the Betton Place shopping plaza are welcoming the studio back. Marsha Shalley, the owner of AR Workshop, which is located on the first level of Betton Place, said the reopening is a way to start moving forward.
"It's part of the healing process. To know that we can get back to our lives. Life goes on. We don't have to be afraid and we can keep moving forward,” said Shalley. "To surround the yoga studio with our support and our love and say, 'We're going to go on. We're going to move on. We're going to support this business.' It's a part of the healing process."