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After six years at the helm of Deep Art and Yoga on H Street, the first yoga studio in Midtown, owner Christine Sukhbir Kaur Collins is passing the space on to Tyler Langdale, owner of Yoga Shala.
Though she won’t own the space any longer, Collins will continue to teach Kundalini yoga, which emphasizes focused breathing, meditation and chanting, at Yoga Shala two nights a week.
Citing her desire to live a freer, “more relaxed life,” with time to travel, Collins explained that she is ready to relinquish some of the responsibilities that have come with owning Deep, specifically those having to do with finances.
“I just won’t have the stress and the responsibility of numbers, which is not something I enjoy or am really that good at,” she said.
For someone who has watched the yoga scene in Sacramento grow from its infancy, Collins’ decision to close has not been an easy one.
“Letting go of anything that you love is really challenging,” she said.
But she said her new life path has brought to her a sense of relief, and she will continue to invest in the Sacramento yoga community.
“Now I get to do what I really love, which is build community through teaching,” she said.
Letting go of Deep will also give Collins more time to focus on Dad’s Kitchen on Freeport Boulevard, which she co-owns.
Yoga Shala will continue Deep’s model of specializing in Kundalini and Yin Yoga, as well as 5Rhythms Dance, a music-centered workout taught by Bella Dreizler, but will also incorporate Vinyasa, a physically intense form of yoga that emphasizes posture, physical strength and power.
Dino Misenti, a longtime student at Deep who is currently traveling in India, said via email that he was surprised and saddened by the news of the studio closing.
Misenti remembered Collins’ “profound” knowledge of Kundalini chakras and energy locks and her “mystical” appearance, in white garments and head wrap.
He said that taking a class with Collins is “akin to being told how to breathe properly for the first time and getting a healthy dose of intoxicating oxygen.”
“After every class, you feel gentler, lighter, more at peace,” he added.
While she is aware of her students’ sadness about the closing of Deep, Collins said she is confident in the resilience of the community.
“Part of being a yoga practitioner is that you learn how to adapt gracefully to change,” she said.