Russell Simmons was once crowned by The New York Times as “The Yoga King of Los Angeles.” But these days, Simmons’ karma is apparently so bad in Hollywood that a new yoga spot opening in his former studio on Thursday is having an exorcism to rid the 8,000-square-foot space of Simmons’ bad mojo, we hear.
The hip hop pioneer opened two-story Tantris Yoga Studio on Sunset Blvd. in 2016, complete with a juice bar, a salon and a boutique selling his own Tantris label. But the space next to West Hollywood’s Soho House shuttered in 2018 after Simmons was accused of sexual misconduct by a dozen women dating back to 1983. (Simmons has strongly denied all accusations of sexual abuse.)
Page Six has learned that state-of-the-art fitness brand, Performix House, is taking over Simmons’ old space, but a spiritual source told us that before it opens they’ll “rid the space of the bad vibes and toxic energy” of its previous owner.
On Thursday, a ceremony is planned to bring in an LA-based veteran Shaman, named Alejandra. “Alejandra will bless the space, clearing the air and removing any negative energy, using an infusion of copal (sap from a tree in the Amazon) and sage to bring in healing energy and to create a reset,” our flexible source said.
We hear that, “Trainers will sit socially distanced in a circle with masks on” as the Shaman, “will lead a brief meditation, and be a guide for intention-setting as well.”
The ceremony is not just on account of Simmons, but also to “bring in healthy, positive vibes in light of the systemic injustices going on around us,” the source added.
Performix House will officially open later this fall, depending on California’s coronavirus guidelines, and it’s expected to be a celebrity hotspot. Its New York outpost has included clients such as John Cena, Mark Consuelos, Barry Sternlicht and Devon Windsor.
Simmons, meantime, has been spending time in Bali.
Page Six reported last year that another yoga studio, Modo Yoga NYC, emailed the Def Jam co-founder asking him to steer clear of its West Village fitness studio after clients complained of his presence.
Simmons told us at the time: “I’m deeply disappointed and hurt by it. Guilty by accusation, I don’t believe [it] is a good way to go forward.”
In June, Simmons released his latest book, “Eat to Live: A Post Pandemic Guide to Healthy Living.”
He said in an interview with “The Breakfast Club” at the time, “I could never say that someone doesn’t feel victimized, these stories are 25-40 years old. I can’t say that someone doesn’t feel victimized, I can tell you that I don’t feel I victimized them.”