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One of Central Ohio’s Oldest Yoga Studios is Closing

Nancy Alkire Nancy Alkire One of Central Ohio’s Oldest Yoga Studios is ClosingOne of Central Ohio's oldest yoga studios closes December 19, 2021. Photo by Nancy Alkire.
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With a looming increase in the lease rate in January of 2022, the owner of PAI Yoga and Fitness located at 6367 Sawmill Road, in Dublin has decided to close the location. Dublin’s oldest yoga studio will close Sunday, December 19, 2021.

“I have truly loved being part of the PAI family and to keep PAI, the sanctuary we all love so much, alive. But sometimes, we have to know when it is time to move on,” wrote owner Amy LeClair in an email to PAI members on November 19, 2021.

“We never missed a lease payment, and we continued to pay instructors,” noted LeClair. “We were there for our PAI family.”

Behind the scenes though, PAI was suffering from the rise in costs and decrease in revenues which affected other Columbus-area yoga studios during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We made masks and social distancing fun, and we banded together as a family to support each other when times were uncertain,” remembered LeClair. However, the lower numbers of attendees and the rise in expenses like cleaning and real estate, were not sustainable in the current PAI location.

PAI Yoga began in 2010 with a dream and a plan from Chan Hemintranout who now heads Chan’s Healing Foods.  From the beginning, PAI offered yoga and strength training, such as TRX, as well as spinning classes. “Peace of mind and strength” was one of their mottos

Hemintranout started a popular yoga teaching training program and introduced vinyasa flow to the Dublin area. PAI Yoga and Fitness was successful for many years and even opened a second location in Gahanna.

Since the announcement, many PAI students and teachers have had heavy hearts as well as many other individuals in the central-Ohio yoga community.

“It truly is heartbreaking,” said Angie O’Brien of Harbor Yoga. “They are a wonderful studio and have always been a “go to” for us to recommend when clients expressed interest in becoming certified.”

“It’s extremely sad to see any studio close,” noted Daniel Sernicola, owner of Danja Yoga in Olde Towne. “We all lose.”

Many popular teachers, such as Sara Goff, Ulrike Rosser, Jennifer Van Hoose, and Kara Lough, have taught at PAI for years and years. “These are our sacred spaces,” said Goff to weeping students about the closure of PAI in Gahanna. “I have been teaching with tears in my eyes,” stated Kara Lough about her Saturday classes, November 20th.

“This makes me sad,” noted Jordan Turner Davis, of YogaSix Dublin. “PAI’s teachers have been a real light and inspiration.”

Classes and workshops at PAI Yoga and Fitness, 6367 Sawmill Road (in Dublin behind Trader Joe’s), will continue through December 19th. LeClair, noted that although PAI Yoga and Fitness will close, “We are looking at ways to still support our wellness community.” All the equipment will be sold. LeClair is also looking for a new location for teacher training, and she made a special plea to help the teachers of PAI to find new homes.

“If you have any connections to help instructors fine a new fitness or yoga family, please feel free to approach them with opportunities.”

For more information, visit paiyogafitness.com.

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