Yen Yoga to partner with Delamar | Business
TRAVERSE CITY – Yen Yoga has a “home” again on the same street.
Yen Yoga and Fitness, which closed its 7,000 square foot main location at 332 E. Front St. in late 2020, announced that it will move to Delamar Traverse City at 615 E. Front St. later this year.
“We are very excited to partner with Delamar,” said Yen Yoga and Fitness Director Sara Harding.
Yen Yoga and Fitness has been holding classes in a conference room at Delamar since May. But the 11-year-old company will have a permanent location in two studios on the southeast side of the hotel later in 2021.
“It’s a great partnership; a great opportunity for us, ”said Harding.
Construction is already underway, says Brandon Sheldon, General Manager of Delamar.
“The entire Delamar Traverse City team looks forward to providing Yen Yoga and its guests with exceptional service, food and drink,” said Sheldon in a statement announcing the reopening. “We pride ourselves on being part of the fitness facilities for Delamar guests and the local community.”
Yen Yoga and Fitness will occupy around 3,500 square meters for hot yoga, cycling, traditional yoga, fitness and mobility classes in Delamar once construction is completed. That’s half of the 7,000-square-foot yen yoga that is occupied at 332 E. Front.
Additional amenities include new lockers and showers, year-round parking, and a dedicated yen yoga entrance.
“I’m going to have a built-in lobby, a built-in restaurant, and a built-in bathroom so I don’t take up as much space,” Harding said.
Yen Yoga members also have access to the swimming pools, Delamar’s coffee and smoothie bar, and outdoor areas.
“We’ll have access to all of the amazing amenities there,” said Harding. “We will also be under one roof. That’s the wonderful thing about this partnership. “
The new studio space will be “open to the public on either a membership, punch card or drop-in basis,” the press release said. Hotel guests receive a 20 percent discount on drop-in courses.
“We hope to bring local community members together with Delamar guests for a unique wellness experience,” Sheldon said in the press release.
Harding said Yen yoga and fitness has been holding pop-up classes at Cathedral Barn on Grand Traverse Commons since spring 2020, but it’s unclear whether the “wonderful partnership” with the City Parks and Recreation Department will continue when the new one Space is opened.
Harding said Yen Yoga will likely open the new space with 25 employees. This number is expected to quickly climb to 35 and could grow beyond that.
“We assume that we will bring back a large part of our employees,” said Harding. “We’ll probably be around in a moment.”
Yen Yoga has around 70 employees before the pandemic.
“The pandemic taught us to be more efficient and we have adjusted our business model,” she said.