Yoga studio on West Coast spends Thanksgiving helping Hot Yoga Tallahassee

Posted at 5:47 PM, Nov 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-22 13:32:12-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Many are still coping nearly three weeks after the deadly Hot Yoga Tallahassee shooting.

From coast to coast the yoga community continues to send their love and support to Tallahassee.

Even on this Thanksgiving holiday, donations are pouring in to get Hot Yoga back on their feet. 

It was a tragic scene in Tallahassee, that caught the nation's attention. 

On November 2, a gunman opened fire at Hot Yoga Tallahassee on Thomasville road, hurting five and killing two, 21-year-old Maura Binkley and 61-year-old Dr. Nancy Van Vessem.

One of the victims, Joshua Quick, even risked his own life by fighting off the shooter with a vacuum cleaner.

He's now being hailed a hero. 

"I think of everybody in there who were under that situation," said Quick. "They did things to help mitigate loss, and they all did things to help people get to safety." 

From candlelight vigils to grief counseling sessions, residents in the Capital City have come together to help others cope with the shooting.

Now on this Thanksgiving holiday, one yoga studio all the way on the West Coast is lending a helping hand to Tallahassee with a special yoga class. 

Flow Motion in Ferndale, Washington will host Thanksgiving Yoga.

This special class is meant to lift up the yoga community and collect cash donation to help Hot Yoga Tallahassee rebuild after their recent tragedy.

Flow Motion's Owner, Alyssa Springs, said she's an online friend of Hot Yoga's Owner, Brittani Whittington.

Springs said when she found out about the shooting, she couldn't believe this would happen to someone she knows. 

"Being an owner of a yoga studio myself, I can just imagine because their not just customers that are coming to your business, you spend years getting to know these people, so they're really just family members, I can really just imagine what she's going through and the whole community there," said Springs. 

Since the shooting, Whittington has been vocal on Hot Yoga Tallahassee's Facebook page, expressing her grief and gratitude to the Tallahassee community and the yoga community nationwide.  

Hot Yoga Tallahassee also hosted their own Thanksgiving donation class at their Bannerman Crossing location at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The class was free but they collected canned goods as donations.