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The new fitness studio at 120 S. Jefferson St., specializes in heated energy vinyasa yoga, cardio-infused barre courses and group constructing.
Jacob Newby, jnewby@pnj.com

There’s extra to Disko Lemonade — the first enterprise to open in downtown Pensacola’s Southtowne apartment complex — than aspect planks and downward dealing with canine. 

The new fitness studio and authorized Lululemon retailer at 120 S. Jefferson St. opened Thursday. It specializes in heated energy vinyasa yoga and cardio-infused barre courses, however as proprietor and Pensacola native Briana Knight will inform you, Disko Lemonade is about growing your vanity and sense of group as a lot as it’s about growing your vary of movement. 

“It’s not really a cliquey club, it’s more of a community-driven fitness studio,” stated Knight, who beforehand owned Beyond Barre on West Fairfield Drive earlier than shifting and re-branding in early 2018. “You’re going to immediately feel welcomed, you won’t be judged and you’ll feel comfortable, that’s what we’re going for.” 

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As for the bodily component of Knight’s operation, her aim is for members to get probably the most out of Disko Lemonade’s 60-minute courses. 

“Any class that we offer here, that’s like a main class on our schedule, we want you to get the most out of an hour that you can get,” she stated. “So if you’re going to come for a fitness class, you’re going to get strength, cardio, flexibility, all of it, burn calories. If you’re gonna come to yoga, you’re not just stretching, you’re working your butt off.”

Knight is passionate concerning the fluidity of vinyasa yoga, which is practiced in a heated, 700-square-foot studio behind the shop’s foyer and boutique space. Vinyasa might be demanding, Knight stated, and that is a part of what fuels her ardour. 

“In vinyasa, you’re typically in flow, so you’re flowing from one pose to another, which can be challenging,” she defined. “You think about going up and then down to planks, and then back up, and then into down dog.”

The first 40 minutes of a vinyasa class are “in flow,” Knight stated, and the final 20 minutes contain a wind-down and a collection of seated poses. 

The barre courses Disko Lemonade offers aren’t like different barre exercises in city, Knight stated. 

“I would say what makes our barre different is we do incorporate a cardio element,” she stated. 

The glide board that the studio makes use of — and supplies to members throughout courses — mimics a skating, gliding movement. 

“You’re kind of sliding back and forth, and it gets your heart rate up without impacting your joints,” she added.

Disko Lemonade instructors lead 4 to 5 courses each weekday. There are one other two courses Saturday and one Sunday. The studio is presently operating a brand new shopper particular, the place $49 will get you a vast variety of courses for one month. 

Monthly limitless entry packages are additionally provided for $129 and $139 per thirty days. The worth plan is dependent upon your agreed dedication of both three or six months. The studio fees $19 for a drop-in class and additionally sells passes for 5 or 10 courses. A reduced charges is on the market for Southtowne tenants.

The yoga studio is clearly neither a disco corridor nor a lemonade store, however the nationally recognizable Lululemon emblem on the constructing’s entrance door places each of these potential misconceptions to mattress for passersby.

Disko Lemonade is permitted to promote Lululemon apparel in the shop’s boutique. The massively well-liked model of yoga and fitness gear is just not obtainable anyplace else in Pensacola. 

Knight stated the unconventional identify of her enterprise was impressed by the lyrics of the favored 1997 music “Sex and Candy” by Marcy Playground. But there’s extra to it than only a easy homage. 

“I was listening to the song and I heard that lyric and I thought, ‘Disco, movement, lemonade like, little lemon, come practice at the disco and disco with us,'” she stated. “All these hashtags started running through my mind.”

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Beyond the yoga, barre and designer gear is the studio’s promotion of self-care. Knight and her employees say a healthy mindset cannot be understated, and they’re excited to do their half in instilling that in their members.

“What’s so important for me here is to help people realize, ‘You can be happy right now without getting that better job, without losing those extra 10 pounds, without that relationship,'” she stated. “You can be happy and fulfilled and have this childlike wonder about life right now if you just stop overthinking so much. I really want people to know they can make that connection with us and with each other here.”

Jake Newby might be reached at jnewby@pnj.com or 850-435-8538.

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