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Yoga studio on West Coast spends Thanksgiving helping Hot Yoga Tallahassee

Posted at 6:49 AM, Nov 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-22 02:16:54-05

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

During this holiday season, Yoga studios locally and even across the United States are hosting classes to raise money in support of Hot Yoga.

WTXL ABC 27'sJada Williams was live Thursday morning with more on how the yoga community is coming together.

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 Nov. 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," Quick said. "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 in 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 donations to help Hot Yoga Tallahassee rebuild after their recent tragedy.

Flow Motion's owner, Alyssa Springs, says she is an online friend of Hot Yoga's owner, Brittani Whittington.

Springs says when she found out about the shootin she couldn't believe this would happen to someone she knows.

"Being an owner of a yoga studio myself, I can just imagine because they are not just customers that are coming to your business," she said. "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."

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.

Back here at home, Hot Yoga Tallahassee will also host their own Thanksgiving Donation class at their Bannerman Crossing location at 9:30 a.m. this morning.

The free class is first-come, first-served but you are asked to bring in canned foods to donate.

A lot of donations are pouring in.

There are multiple Hot Yoga Tallahassee's GoFundMe accounts started by various organizations and people across the country.

The main account, however, was started by the Director of Florida Yoga Teachers Association with a goal of $20,000. So far, it has collected more than $26,000.