Santo Santo, a new yoga studio that combines traditional practices with a variety of healing methods, is expected to open in Detroit’s Indian Village on Nov. 25.
“I think we’re bringing a new authenticity that Detroit hasn’t experienced yet,” says Samantha Jameson, founder, yoga practitioner, and doula. “Santo Santo is going to push the body to subtle energy and deeper realms. It is going to be more intimate.”
The studio will feature 25 classes per week including yoga, Buti yoga, Kirtan Mashup, which is a mix of traditional meditative chants and Santo Santo practices, and more. Jameson will lead yoga programs in collaboration with a select group of instructors. In addition, the studio offers dance classes with Peter Croce of Rocksteady Disco and featuring a live DJ.
“I want our dance to be for a dance party not for yoga,” says Jameson. “People should come here to have an intimate experience before they go out.”
In January 2020, the studio will house Medicine Cabinet, which will provide Ayurvedic Medicine consultations, an ancient Indian health regime that includes exercise, plant and mineral supplements, and lifestyle changes; Reiki healing sessions, a Japanese energy healing technique; and Human Design readings, a birth chart analysis similar to a fusion of astrology and psychological personality tests.
Jameson says when she moved from California back to Detroit she was not satisfied with existing yoga offerings and wanted to change the rigid yoga classes and their lack diversity both in gender and classes.
“Feminine energy is rising, but we can’t rise without men,” says Jameson. “And I want men to honor women, not to only see them as sexual beings.”
Both Jameson and Prince Concepts, a real estate investment company, worked to renovate the studio from a car wash to its current space. Ishtiaq Rafiuddin, founder of Undecorated, a design firm based in Detroit, designed the studio. The designs incorporate color therapy elements and a variety of lighting, a custom dance floor, earth tone elements, and an entire wall of mirrors.
The studio aims to enhance the human experience emotionally, physically, and mentally and welcomes all levels of training.
Annual memberships are $120 a month, single classes are $19, and packages range from $150 to $280. For a class schedule visit here.