As we mentioned in the last post, a few storefronts on Foster have recently changed names, emptied, or found new tenants for previously vacant spaces. One newcomer to the Foster landscape, Fat Yoga, will be occupying the former Bad Apple space at 6340 SE Foster. I was able to speak to Irina Beffa about the new venture, who, along with Anna Ipox, will be providing fun fitness for all body types and fitness levels. Coincidentally, we profiled Irina last year in our “Foster Folks” section. Nice to have one of our own adding to the local economy and health of the community.
Here’s what Irina had to say about Fat Yoga:
“Fat Yoga offers a safe space for all body types to experience fun, irreverent fitness on a deeper level. Classes are tailored to people who may not be the stereotypical yoga student. While most of us identify as fat, it’s certainly not a requirement for participation. You do NOT need to be a specific size to be welcome at Fat Yoga. We do, however, maintain a body-positive space where we focus on strength building, flexibility, balance, self-acceptance and peace of mind and NOT dieting or weight-loss.
We can’t wait to move in to our new studio space on 6340 SE Foster Road. We love this neighborhood and have already met some great people next door to us at N.W.I.P.A. and Pieper Cafe. We’re looking forward to meeting more Foster-Powellians soon.
Beginning in February, 2013 we plan to offer drop-in all level classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm. We will be increasing the number of daily classes and adding weekend classes very soon after opening so stay tuned! We will also be adding 6-week introductory series classes beginning at the end of February. Our long term goals include offering dance and martial arts classes as well.
Please check our website for our schedule and rates as we will be updating often!
Although our stretch of Foster has a disproportionate amount of bars and convenience marts, Fat Yoga will combine with Somaphile movement studio, Tango Berretin, and the new karate space to create a somewhat active and health-conscious environment, too. I guess Foster continues to evolve. Welcome, Fat Yoga!