Hot yoga coming to Simcoe
Waterford native Sarah Lawrance will open 'Sayza' hot yoga studio at 54 Colborne St. North in Simcoe in the new year. JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer
Inspiration can come in the most unlikely places.
Sarah Lawrance can attest to that.
A Waterford native, Lawrance had always played the flute – and still does – but the years honing her craft left her spine stuck in rotation and a shoulder nearly immobile.
While studying music at Mohawk College she discovered yoga and quickly had two burning passions in her life.
“When I started practicing I was like, 'this is my new-found love',” Lawrance explained.
“I'm into fitness, I was never into sports or anything, but yoga is not a sport – everybody is good at yoga no matter what shape you're in or what level you're at.”
Lawrance loved yoga so much she soon became an instructor. While she's still part of the team at the Twisted Fish studio in Port Dover, Lawrence has purchased a building space on Colborne St. North in Simcoe and will open her own 'hot yoga' studio entitled 'Sayza' in the new year.
“I think some people are just meant to teach and I'm one of those people,” said Lawrance, who still teaches music in Hamilton on a regular basis.
“I said (to myself), 'I've got to do this because I want to live here and I want to thrive here and I've got to bring my love of yoga to Norfolk'.”
The space that was once a hair salon will soon include infrared heaters that will allow yogis to work up a sweat while the room itself stays at a comfortable temperature.
Lawrance wants to work alongside her friend and Twisted Fish owner Christie Delahunt to further the profile of the activity.
“The dream of mine and hers ... is to really, really build a huge yoga community in Norfolk and the only way to do that is with other people and supporting other businesses,” she said. “We're really trying to work together to make yoga thrive in this community.”
One of the ways Lawrance plans to build her customer base is by catering a percentage of classes to youngsters.
“I have kind of a target market but I know that yoga is beneficial to every single age group and kids are kind of my speciality,” she said. “I want to implant yoga in younger children to see it grow and that will bring it to their parents.”
The physical benefits of yoga are well documented – increased flexibility, well-balanced metabolism, more energy – but Lawrance has also experienced the boost it can give mentally as well. In opening a new business Lawrance is more committed to yoga than ever.
“Yoga can help not just your physical body but your mind - I don't know what the hell I would do if I didn't have yoga throughout this adventure,” she said. “I don't know what I would do without it.”
More information on the studio is available at sayzahotyoga.com.