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Promoting Mindfulness And Inclusivity, The Story Of Sanskrit Moon Yoga Studio In Hapeville

Chandra Fowler, founder of the Sanskrit Moon yoga studio, strikes a pose outside of her newly opened business with yoga instructor Tuyen Nguyen.
Chandra Fowler, founder of the Sanskrit Moon yoga studio, strikes a pose outside of her newly opened business with yoga instructor Tuyen Nguyen.
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At the beginning of this year, downtown Hapeville welcomed an addition to its series of storefronts: Sanskrit Moon yoga studio.

The studio was founded by Chandra Fowler, a mother of two and resident of Hapeville, which she calls “the jewel of the South.”

Fowler says she was motivated to open Sanskrit Moon after her community studio closed down.

“When it closed, my heart broke,” Fowler said. “I didn’t understand why it didn’t work, because I felt like so many people could benefit from yoga.”

Since its grand opening in February, Fowler’s studio added classes and instructors, such as Tuyen Nguyen, who offers courses specifically for the surrounding Vietnamese community.

All of the courses come with a focus on mindfulness and inclusivity, something that Fowler says is a big part of her philosophy as an instructor.

“We wanted to provide a safe space for all people to come and practice, and wherever they are in their journey, we would meet them and support them and carry them through,” Fowler said.

On a recent afternoon, Rose Scott and the rest of the “Closer Look” team visited the studio for the next installment of the “Open for Business series.”

For more from Closer Look’s “Open for Business” series click here.