8 Women Offer Co-Op Wellness, Safe Healing Space In St. Pete



ST. PETERSBURG, FL — A fusion of services that include self-healing and growth are offered in a peaceful space called The Collective St. Pete that opens on Monday.

This new venue isn’t just a yoga studio, it offers a variety of services provided by eight professional women who each bring their self-improvement specialties to the community.

“It’s a co-op wellness space,” one of its certified yoga instructors, Amanda Riker, told Patch. “This is a space that is supposed to feel safe, and it’s a place where a person can try a new modality and grow.”

Dani Mae, one of its co-founders, said one of the goals of their business model is to allow teachers, creators and service providers to use their studio space and therapy room on their own terms.

Breathwork and Ayurveda are a couple of styles offered in the variety classes at the studio. Ayurveda is a holistic approach to healing of the mind, body and spirit, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Mae teaches a class called, Breathe, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 a.m. Mae is a certified breatheology and yoga instructor.

Mae said the breathwork has changed her life in so many ways.

“Every emotion is expressed through our breathing patterns, it’s why we gasp when we’re afraid or sig when we’re relieved,” Mae said. “I was able to stop my panic attacks with breathing techniques, as well as process a ton of grief. The more breathing techniques I learn, the more I’m able to control my thoughts, feelings and behaviors. There’s legitimately a breathing technique you can use as a prescription for anything.”

In addition to teaching breathwork, Mae teaches a yoga style class called Stretch, that is floor based and done by candlelight on Mondays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

“In our group classes, we are doing socially distanced classes,” said Riker. “And in a non-COVID world we would have up to 50 people in a class, but we are limited to 27 per class during the pandemic.”

Riker teaches yoga on Mondays at 6 p.m., Wednesdays at 9 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. She teaches yoga classics, yoga flow, fundamentals and dynamics.

The classes are open to everyone in the community, not just to women.

Other instructors with their own class styles include Erin Yakunich, Rachel Miller (co-founder), Alexis Holland, Gracie Mayer, Kelsey Rachel and Brittany George.

The Collective St. Pete is located at 327 11th Ave North, Suite 201.

For more information on the classes offered at the Collective St. Pete, visit its Facebook page or website.

This article originally appeared on the St. Pete Patch

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