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Russell Simmons gears up for yoga studio launch

Published 17/11/2016

Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons will be teaching one of the first classes at his new Hollywood wellness retreat.

Russell Simmons is opening a wellness centre in Los Angeles.

The hip hop tycoon, best known as a founder of Def Jam Recordings, discovered yoga in 1994 when his intern at Def Pictures dragged him to a class.

He has since become hooked on the practice and regularly uploads snaps of yoga poses to his Instagram account. Russell even recruits his famous friends for the photos, with a recent image showing Russell, comedian Mike Epps and rapper Snoop Dogg meditating.

He’s now taking his devotion to the spiritual practice to the next level, by opening the Tantris yoga studio in L.A. on Friday (18Nov16), which he’s designed to promote yogic science.

"We know that as we do things to move toward a more present and quiet mind, we're happier," Russell told The Hollywood Reporter. "So yogic science could be referred to as a science of happiness. And the yoga sutra, which is kind of like the bible of yoga, could be the textbook toward happiness.

"A lot of yoga studios say 'no chanting' or 'no preaching,' but that should be part of the practice. Intention is to give them yogic science and make it fun."

Russell will be teaching the 6pm class on Tantris' opening day. While classes are in session the music will be traditional meditation tunes, but there will also be hip hop songs that play throughout too.

The studio is housed in the same building as Soho House in West Hollywood, and will also feature a juice bar, blow-dry bar stocked with Jessica Alba's Honest Beauty products and a shop where customers can buy Russell’s Tantris apparel line and other yoga essentials.

The Tantris collection, designed and developed by manufacturer The Moret Group, is priced from $88 (£70) to $128 (£102). A menswear line is being launched in early 2017.

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