RUSSELL SIMMONS OPENS NEW YOGA STUDIO

Cofounder of Dej Jam Recordings and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has opened the doors to his new Yoga studio Tantris. The 8,000-square-foot studio is located in West Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard and shares the same space as SoHo House. The space features typical yoga amenities including a juice bar, a blow-dry bar, a lounge with city views and a boutique that carries Simmons’s new activewear collection. At the heart sits two infrared-heated studios, offering an elevated approach to hot yoga.

“I want to change American yoga to be yoga,” says Simmons, who adds that he has practiced the discipline daily since taking his first yoga class in 1994. “I intend to help make yoga’s true purpose trendy and commercial but also generate awareness of the full benefits of yoga”

“Tantris balances a commercial and spiritual sensibility,” Simmons adds. The core of Tantris’ programming is based on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Bhagavad Gita. “This is a science for well-being and happiness, or enlightenment,” he says.

There are plans to open other studios, but Simmons and his team want to “get this one right.”