For Immediate Release: August 14th, 2019 – As part of the $3 million dollar expansion and renovation of the Rideau Sports Centre (RSC) a new hot yoga studio will open Monday, August 19th.
It is the new home for the hot yoga and Bikram instructors displaced after the sudden closing of Rama Lotus Yoga Centre after 25 years in business. While the Hot Yoga Studio was not part of the original refurbishment plans for the 4-acre RSC site, CEO Nicki Bridgland heard about the closing of Rama Lotus and immediately started to build a new home for Ottawa’s hot yoga community and the 6 unemployed instructors.
Says Bridgland, “I did my first-ever hot yoga class at Rama Lotus more than 19 years ago. When I heard of the sudden closing, I immediately reached out to their team to see if I could help build them a new home. To my delight, the entire team accepted my invitation and construction began immediately. As a group they have meant so much to the Ottawa yoga community, it was important for me to keep them together.”
Says Karoline Eder, formerly of Rama Lotus and now teaching at RSC, “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing when Nicki told me she’d like to bring all of us into RSC’s Yoga Studio. My relationships with my students and co-workers were so important, and we were worried we were going to be a yoga family divided across the city. Nicki brought us all back together and now we’d like all of our clients to find us find us at RSC!
She adds, “I love teaching with the Bikram teachers in one home , building a strong and grounded community, a place that is home for all that come. We are stronger, more focused and grounded together than spread apart. I feel grateful and blessed that Nicki understands and has created this beautiful space for us all. Such a wonderful gift.”
Since August 2017, Bridgland has invested more than $3 million dollars in RSC to breathe new energy into the tired 105-year-old former Rideau Tennis Club. She threw open the doors to the public, pay-as-you-go model (no membership fee) and added the very successful sports dome, renovated tennis dome, dek hockey facility, yoga studio, massage clinic, fitness centre, kids camps, the Bridge Public House Restaurant and a fully renovated 17,000 square foot building.
Bridgland has built a large stunning “Downtown Playground” with an outdoor pool; 4 volleyball, 2 soccer, 1 basketball court(s); 3 dek hockey rinks; 4 newly resurfaced indoor tennis courts with new LED lighting; 7 outdoor clay tennis courts also with new LED lighting; and 2 yoga studios.
The new hot yoga studio was constructed over the last 8 weeks and resides inside RSC that also houses a renovated gym and restaurant with healthy food options. Situated in the heart of the city on the shores of the Rideau River at the Adàwe Crossing, the bridge also allows for easy access from the Sandy Hill side.