by David J. Ramoy Special to The Pineapple When I first started the Yoga Chronicles, my expectation was to shed light on Yoga studios and teachers in the community that I have grown to love and respect. I have written plenty about the undeniable positive changes in my own life from yoga, but nothing could prepare me for what I experience at The Salt Suite. The studio is clean and modern, the staff friendly, and the salt, well, let’s just say its plentiful. There is a wide range of classes, and each one is done with Himalayan sea salt ventilated through the air while you Chaturanga and Utkatasana. Typically after a class I have that “yoga high,” as people like to call it a sense of relaxation mixed in with vibrant energy. After taking classes at The Salt Suite, you not only feel the “Yoga high”, but your breathing clean and clear. I can only relate it to how your lungs feel subsequently from a long run. Being referred to the studio by loyal supporters and taking a classes myself, It would only make sense to include The Salt Suite in this month’s Tales From the Mat. I would like you to meet the owner of the studio Elliot Helmer. Hi Elliot, you own more than just a Yoga Studio, tell us about the Salt Suite. The Salt Suite is a 100% natural treatment for respiratory conditions like Asthma and Allergies. We shipped in over 24,000 lbs of Dead Sea Salt to our Delray Beach location. We have a Children’s and Adult Salt Therapy room that have the salt on the walls and floor. The kids room is full of toys, its like a big salty sand box. In the adult room customers sit in a comfortable leather chair and just relax. The Yoga studio has salt on one wall, in all the rooms salt is ground up with machines and blown into the air in a tiny dry particle. Since salt is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory it opens up the sinuses and respiratory system and flushes out unwanted allergens and bacteria. Its important that the humidity is controlled so it remains very dry in these rooms. Salt naturally absorbs moisture, so when its dry it can more easily penetrate deeper into the airways. Also, all air is exhausted outside, there is no recycled air in the entire facility. Why was it your calling to open the Salt Suite? My wife discovered the idea from a friend’s recommendation who had been to a Salt Therapy center in Los Angeles and saw incredible results for her allergies. We have always been entrepreneurial and both had an interest in health and wellness. We realized there were countless people suffering from respiratory conditions throughout South Florida without many natural treatments. So, we saw a chance to provide a unique and effective service while helping people improve their health along the way. Why Salt? Here in the USA, most people only think of salt as something to avoid because it can raise your blood pressure. However, Salt Therapy Centers have been around for years all throughout Europe, Russia, the U.K., Canada and many other parts of the world. At The Salt Suite and a growing number of other centers around the USA people are seeing salt in a new light. The respiratory benefits of salt and salt therapy are being proven time and time again. Favorite quote to live by? “Treat others how you want to be treated”. My wife says this one a lot. You could say this is sort of our company motto. We do our best to give customers a high level of service and respect. What does the Salt Suite have to offer. During our classes we do blow in the dry salt aerosol so you are receiving all the benefits of Yoga and Salt Therapy. Not only does it help your respiratory system but it boosts your immune system by flushing out toxins from your airways that you may be exposed to on a daily basis. And we offer a variety of different classes in our studio from Hatha, Vinyasa, Qigong to a weekly Breathwork class on Saturday mornings. Our full schedule can be found on our website www.thesaltsuite.com. Visit David Ramoy’s Power Vinyasa Flow class at The United States of Fitness on Wednesday: 7:30-8:30 p.m., and Sunday 12-1:30 p.m.; The CozyYogi on Monday, 6-7:15 p.m., and 7:30-8:45 p.m. Or email me at Davidramoy@gmail. com.