The Movement Sanctuary: Acroyoga Gym Arrives in the Burg

Residents of the Burg like to stay fit and entertained. While it’s fun to jog along the waterfront stretch of North Shore Park, or use the free equipment available in our parks, residents yearn to get in shape in a way that challenges them physically and mentally.

Space for aerialists to fly

The Movement Sanctuary, St. Pete’s first-ever acroyoga gym, offers a variety of classes for beginners and experts. Classes include beginner to advanced acroyoga, aerial skills, stability training, partner stretching, standing acrobatics, Chinese pole, trapeze, juggling, capoeira, Thai bodywork, and stick mobility.

Burg residents Aaron Tremper, Erin Yonke and Jess DeLeo founded the Movement Sanctuary together. They hosted the grand opening on June 17 to widespread curiosity and praise.

7,000 SF of fitness inspiration 

The former Bloom Art Center space, covered in an enigmatic tapestry of murals, is beaming with local pride and culture. Measuring 7,000 SF, with 35′ ceilings, the sanctuary provides ample space for aerialists to fly and yogis to stretch. Hammocks, a fire pit and a small stage for live performances are situated outside.

They’re currently running an IndieGoGo campaign with a fundraising goal of $50,000. The money raised will go towards air conditioning, electrical work, safety equipment, building supplies and better lighting.


Raising funds to begin a non-profit

Additionally, the money raised will assist in getting The Movement Sanctuary’s non-profit off the ground. The focus of the non-profit is to bring yoga, meditation, juggling and acroyoga into the school system.

The first Saturday of every month, the owners host a daylong party. The festivities include morning yoga, fitness workshops and a Circus-style warehouse party at night. The owners and participating instructors are intent on taking the Burg’s fitness to a whole new level.

Keep up with new workshops, classes and events by following The Movement Sanctuary on Facebook. You can find the location at 910 5th Avenue North.


*Photos vis Ace Photo

Written by Andrew Harlan

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