Shot Tower Coffee owner opens DIG Yoga in Bella Vista

Mariel Freeman, one half of the team that opened Shot Tower Coffee at 6th and Christian, has tapped into her other passion and opened DIG Yoga in Bella Vista. After refurbishing a long-empty former stable at 410 Monroe St., she opened the studio in September with her partners and mentors, Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeney. Jezzeney and Elkind are internationally known yoga instructors who already have a studio in Lambertville and were looking to expand into the city.

On the first floor of the space is Zakti Fitness, where Pete Mattisoffers small group and personal fitness training. The harness hooks dangling from the ceiling show that this guy means business. Upstairs is the spacious yoga room with white brick walls, warm lighting, bamboo flooring and a high rustic beamed ceiling.

Freeman, who is a calm, welcoming, walking advertisement for yoga, plans to also open the space occasionally for art shows, lectures or other community events. The quiet studio is set back from Monroe Street and offers classes for everyone – kids, pregnant women, beginners to advanced – plus specialized teacher training.
Check them out at the free class they offer every Friday. And tell them Passyunk Post said hi.
The front entrance
Your tip-off that something is actually down the gated alley
Out the second floor window looking toward Monroe
Huge second floor yoga studio. Cool ceilings. 
Those are pads, not a contemporary couch
First floor S&M studio – er, personal training room
Has anyone been yet? Reviews?

– Pictures and words by Martha Rich,
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