Midtown Village Is Getting a New Yoga Studio

Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness is opening up shop on Locust Street. 

Tremblay and a fellow teacher outside of Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness

Tremblay and a fellow instructor outside of Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness

Kilkenny Tremblay, owner of Midtown Village’s soon-to-open Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness, started doing yoga with her mother when she was five. “This was in the ’70s, when everyone was sitting around in bellbottoms,” she says. Now, after decades of doing yoga and teaching at studios both around Philly and in other cities, Tremblay is opening up her own studio where she’ll offer her own style of yoga — the style is delightfully named Floetry — which she describes as a “true triadic approach of body, heart and mind.”

What does that mean, exactly? Well to break it down for you, each class — there will be 27 yoga classes on the schedule each week to start — will kick off with some form of inspiration, like a quote or a poem. Then there will be the physical practice (“You will sweat,” Tremblay says), and once you’ve worked your body, class will end with a three-to five-minute guided meditation in addition to savasana. So the idea is, each class will tap into your body, heart and mind. As she explains, “I feel like so much in the Western world that yoga has become is just about the physical. What I want to offer is a really balanced offering.”

In keeping with the mind and heart side of things, the studio, located at 1233 Locust Street, will also offer a slew of 30-minute mediation classes each week. And don’t expect a one-size-fits-all approach. As Tremblay says, “I’m passionate about offering a lot of different techniques and ways into meditation.” Some people are very verbal, some are very visual — meditation techniques aren’t necessarily universal. “It’s just figuring out what works for them,” Tremblay says.

The studio will fit about 40 students, and right next door will be Tremblay’s husband’s chiropractic office, moving into the new space from its current location on Camac Street. In talking about the yoga studio/chiropractor combo, Tremblay says, “I call it an urban oasis and healing haven with the intention of prevention and optimization.”

When it comes to the yoga studio’s schedule, in addition to their signature Floetry classes, they’ll also be offering a weekly kids class, a weekly pre-and post-natal class and a weekly donation-based charity class that will benefit a different organization each month. The studio is slated to open the weekend of April 23rd with a full lineup of free fun throughout the weekend including classes, chair massages and more. Until then, you can keep up with the studio on Facebook here.

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