- Location: 2400 Jefferson Ave. (In the triangle at 24th & Jefferson)
- When: Fall 2019
- What: 3S Yoga Studio
Some of you might know and a lot of you probably don’t but Yoga is coming to the Hill! Now I know we have some classes that take place in the parks and we’ve had some classes at The Robison but this will be the first dedicated yoga studio on the Hill that I’m aware of.
I caught up with owner Nadeya of 3S Yoga to ask her some questions about the upcoming studio:
Tell me a little about yourself. Are you a Richmond native? If not how long have you lived here?
I’m originally from Roanoke, I left to go to NYU where I got a BFA in drama, went to Australia, lived in Charlotte and then to Los Angeles. Nowhere ever felt like home, like VA did. As soon as I visited friends in RVA, I knew it would be home. I’m so happy to be back here and I plan to make this home for the rest of my life. I actually moved here on my birthday! I made the move on my birthday because I wanted my next chapter to be a gift to myself and to start following things that made me happy. As soon as I moved here I was able to teach yoga full-time and things just starting falling into place and I decided to do it on a bigger scale.
I’ve taught 5 to 85 year-olds since I’ve been here and it’s been amazing. Chair yoga, beginners, HIIT yoga, yoga to K-8th grade at St Michael’s for an after school enrichment program AND vinyasa. I also want people to know that I will be very involved at the studio! I want people to know me and feel comfortable coming to me with any yoga, studio, or even friend questions.
I’m also teaching yoga at Pure Phit in Scott’s Addition and adding classes there to help build their yoga program. Teaching 3 classes a week there currently.
Where did your passion for yoga come from?
I lived in Los Angeles for 11 years and that is where my yoga practice started to become part of my life and not just a random workout. It’s one of those things that once you start to go regularly, you notice that you are not just in better physical shape, but your body feels better and your quality of life improves. I’m a very high energy person and have always had issues with anxiety and depression and a regular yoga practice makes me feel so much better. It can also be really fun! I used to have teachers that would play the best music, make you sweat and laugh at the same time. That’s the kind of yoga I love and that’s how I love to teach.
Why Church Hill / Union Hill?
There is a lot of yoga in Richmond, but Church Hill is underserved! They have it in parks but there isn’t really a yoga home. I had seen posts in the Facebook Church Hill neighborhood asking for a studio (and my best friend, Wendy has been asking me too). I had been considering opening one in Roanoke originally, but every time I came back to RVA, I was like, “nope, can’t leave this place, it’s the coolest city I’ve been in!” Then I found the location and Daniil Kleyman and Matt Jarreau, the owners, who are absolutely amazing and everything started falling into place like it was meant to be! And be it shall.
When do you expect the studio to open? How is construction going?
Construction is moving right along! They are restoring an old beautiful building, so it takes a little more time, care and patience, but the end product will be worth it. We are still planning on the fall!
What kind of yoga will you be practicing?
Like I said, I love a workout style vinyasa class. I like my yoga to be my sweat and my stretch, so I don’t have to do cardio also. I will be offering my signature 3S class which is a high-intensity interval training yoga class, that is different every time. 3s stands for strength, sweat, stretch – so that’s the vibe. That will be almost once a day, and the rest of the time mostly vinyasa flow. The energy will be fun and the vinyasa will vary with the teacher but should get you moving and grooving as you open and stretch and connect as well. There will be a slower restorative class on Sundays and after I am settled and getting things running smoothly I hope to add more classes, pre-natal and whatever the community is asking for and needs!
What will the pricing be?
The first two weeks I’m open will be FREE for everyone! As a gift to the community to come see what we have and to let people try things out. After that everyone gets 30 days for $30 (first month only), every time there is a new client they will have that option to see if they’d like to join.
I’ll be offering unlimited monthly classes for $99 with just a two-month minimum, no year contracts or anything like that, which is less then most studios in RVA, and if you buy packages it can be as low as $11 a class. Student pricing will be available ($10 drop-ins) with student id. I’m currently meeting with other studios in the area to offer discount classes to have perks for our monthly members at the other locations, to make more of a community vibe as well as a well-rounded workout routine.
Yoga studios are known for being very expensive. Any low cost or open community events planned?
I plan on having a couple of charity donation classes a few times a year. I will offer work for trade and student pricing. I’m keeping my classes affordable! And once things are moving smoothly I will hope to do more donation-based classes, but getting up and running is step one!
How can people follow the progress other than staying tuned to CHPN?
We’re very excited here at CHPN to have a local yoga studio moving in. Can’t wait to try it out this fall! Sound off in the comments. What do you think about this new offering? Any other amenities you think are missing on the Hill?