Balanced Yoga Rebrands to GIVE Yoga and Expands
Saturday, January 19, 2019 is the reveal for the big, new GIVE Yoga space at 3520 N. High St. Leah Westwater, owner of GIVE (formerly Balanced Yoga), and her GIVE Yoga team have been working on this studio expansion for over two years.
“It has been really complicated, but I like solving challenges,” said Westwater.
Especially challenging was plumbing the 1930’s building for a large bathroom area which includes six showers. “It was one thing after another with the construction,” she says.
This new GIVE Yoga is approximately 10,000 square feet. It has an expansive lobby, conference room, large restroom area with six showers, and the a yoga room large enough for 130 students to take a hot yoga class with good elbow room. The first large program at GIVE Yoga will be the Baptiste Institute’s Assisting Course which will be held May 18 and 19, 2019. Other events such as fundraisers for the Muhammad Ali humanitarian award winning Africa Yoga Project and Columbus’ Youth Yoga Project will be held later this year.
“We also hope to allow grassroots organizations who need space to use our facilities to convene, hold important meetings and discussions as well as fundraisers,” said Westwater.
Westwater is passionate about improving communities and developing leaders in Columbus. GIVE Yoga donates $1 for every visit to the GIVE Yoga fund which focuses on making the tools of yoga and mindfulness available to all.
“Yoga has been completely transformational for me,” she says. “Through yoga, I have found my purpose: to created deep community and empower leaders.”
Westwater recently became a 750-hour Certified Baptiste Yoga Educator and Leader. She also is an active mother of two and won a Columbus “mamapreneur” award in 2017.
“We launched our fifth yoga teacher training this past weekend; it is a complete honor to empower individuals to be in action and living a life that makes an impact in the world and inspires them every single day,” she says.
Westwater has also been cooperating with another Columbus yoga studio owner, Staci Hiles McCool of Bluespot Yoga, on projects such as an upcoming hot yoga retreat and eco-adventure in Xinalani, Mexico this February, 2019. Located some 12 miles from Puerto Vallarta, “It is a very secure, pristine spot. You can only get there by boat.” The retreat will be seven days of transformation including twice daily yoga classes and lots of visiting the beach.
GIVE Yoga’s expansion planning and construction took over 24 months. GRA+D Architects, Edgework Creative, Hairpin Legs, and Mynte Design worked with Westwater and her parents, Hugh and Kimberly Gams of Three R Builders during an 18 month planning and six month construction process. As with her previous renovation of the Balanced Yoga space and the build-out of GIVE Yoga at 1020 Jager in German Village, the newest GIVE Yoga space is full of great details such as amazing tile and fixtures as well as niceties such as mat storage and a large community table. One big item yet to come: artist Dylan Menges will start painting a mural on opening day.
GIVE Yoga will hold an open house on January 19, 2019 at 3520 N. High St. Three donation-based classes will be held including a Baptiste Power class led by owner Leah Westwater and a 6 p.m. Candlelit Slow Flow with Greg Fisher.
For more information, visit giveyoga.com.