A trio of local yogis is moving from the mat to the owner’s desk.
Bikram Yoga Richmond, which has two studios in the area, is under new ownership after Rachel Mzhickteno, Stephanie Greis and Victor Perea purchased the business. The group closed the deal with former owners Garland Hume and Tighe Antrim on June 1.
Mzhickteno and Greis are longtime instructors at BYR, while Perea’s been a student at the studio. Mzhickteno said after learning the previous owners were ready to move on, the three felt they had the business sense and yoga acumen to run it.
“To be an owner, you have to be 100 percent dedicated to teaching. Teaching was our only job, and we wanted to step into ownership,” Mzhickteno said.
BYR has locations in Stony Point at 3024 Stony Point Road and in the West End at 3621 Cox Road, which opened in 2003 and 2007, respectively. They each operate 3,000-square-foot studios that heat up to 105 degrees for classes.
Mzhickteno said it’s planning minor renovations for each spot, with the Stony Point location getting a new look in late July.
“We’re getting a cork floor for Stony Point, it can stand up to the humidity and all the sweat,” Mzhickteno joked.
The new ownership will add hour-long classes – a break from BYR’s usual 90-minute sessions. Drop-in rates for classes start at $20.
“People are busy and we want to make sure everybody can practice,” Mzhickteno said.
Bikram Yoga Richmond is a locally owned business and not part of a larger franchise.
BYR isn’t the only business in town turning up the heat on health. Sauna studio Purify is preparing to open its second location in GreenGate, while Hot Yoga Barre and Humble Haven opened in 2015 in Willow Lawn and Shockoe Slip, respectively.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled Tighe Antrim’s first name. It has been corrected.