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Goat Yoga: From Om to Awe!

The fitness industry is big business and is constantly changing, in order to make exercise fun. One yoga studio in Columbia is switching things up by trading Om to Awe.


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Fit Columbia uses aerial yoga to aid in fight against domestic violence

Sometimes helping a good cause means doing something difficult. Other times it’s possible to do good and have fun at the same time. Sunday afternoon’s event at Fit Columbia in Five Points was an excellent example of the latter.

Fit Columbia owner Angela Sellers and her team opened the studio for a special aerial yoga class to raise awareness and money for the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA).

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us,” said SCCADVASA Executive Director Sara Barber, who participated in the aerial fun. “It’s a way for people to do something they like, contribute to a business that supports our community, and then learn more about what we do, what the issues are and how they can help.”

SCCADVASA is a statewide coalition of organizations providing services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and offering Primary Prevention programs to students and communities across the state.

“We work around four pillars: advocacy, collaboration, education and prevention,” Barber explained. “We try to coordinate efforts around those four pillars to really change South Carolina’s narrative regarding domestic and sexual violence.”

South Carolina, year after year, ranks among the 10 deadliest states for women. The Violence Policy Center ranked the Palmetto State sixth-worst in 2018, with 48 women killed by men in 12 months.

“I think we’re starting to make progress, but it’s a very, very long road,” Barber said. “I think people can take positive steps and think that we’re done, and we can never let up.”

Fit Columbia donated $221 to SCCADVASA Sunday afternoon, in addition to helping raise awareness. The fundraiser allowed those in attendance to experience yoga with aerial silks, a new experience for some, but one enjoyed by all.

Information for those who would like to support SCCADVASA and for anyone in need of help to escape domestic violence is available  at

Summer in Soda City

Let’s get physical 

Staying in shape this summer can be fun by going beyond your traditional exercise routine. Sign up for GroupX classes at the Strom or head over to Fit Columbia for some unconventional fitness, like yoga with puppies or goats.

Intramurals are offered throughout the summer. Signing up a team is a great way to stay active and meet new people. Sports that are being offered include pickleball, soccer and even pool spikeball.

Another way to stay fit or just get around is to rent a “Blue Bike” and explore campus and the city of Columbia on two wheels. There are several pickup and return stations near Riverwalk Park, Five Points, Pendleton Street garage, Colonial Life Arena and other spots around the city.


Let’s face it, yoga can be intimidating at first.

You find yourself in a room full of strangers that are most definitely zen masters. Will you fall on your face? Is everyone staring at you? What if you mess up?
The answers are actually quite simple young grasshopper. Your face will be just fine, no one is staring at you, and everyone is probably going to mess up at some point during the class.

If you’re still a little hesitant, Fit Columbia and River Rat Brewery have teamed up to bring beer yoga to Fit’s studio in Five Points.
So, if you want to give finding your inner peace a try, grab a cold one, knock the edge off of that social anxiety, and prepare for a great time!

Fit Columbia offers all sorts of other yoga and fitness classes as well and beer yoga isn’t the only crazy one.
Sign up and give baby goat yoga (yup, that’s a thing), puppy yoga, aerial yoga, or wall yoga a try too.




Last week, I dragged the COLAtoday interns Nicole + Lauren (pictured with me above in aerial tree pose) out of the office and accidentally strangled them with aerial silks. (J.K. – they both rocked the class.) Our instructor at Fit Columbia slowly guided us newbies through a flow that was accessible to aerial-first-timers – and we actually got into some pretty cool poses. In the last few minutes of class, we even dangled upside down (then got a little dizzy and promptly needed a ginger chew).

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THE STATE PAPER: The latest fitness craze is headed to Columbia



January 08, 2018 10:44 AM

Updated January 08, 2018 02:56 PM

Are you still straddling the fence on what New Year’s resolution workout you should try in the 2018? While there are quite a few new options to choose from (including goat yoga, which apparently is a thing), none have moves like the “booty drop,” “tippy toe walks” and gravity-defying leaps and bounds like the “superman” and the “spider-man.”

That’s because none of those workouts are bungee yoga, the latest craze to combine yoga, resistance training and low impact, but high intensity, cardio.

Angela Yong Sellers, owner of Fit Columbia in Five Points, is bringing the springy exercise to Columbia in February. Sellers says she will begin training a few close friends and colleagues throughout January. She will use that time to also work out any kinks before the first class is offered, and to also work on promotional materials.

Sellers says she bought the same equipment used in this segment of “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

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Go Columbia: How I go Angela Sellers

How I Go Columbia: Angela Sellers


As a personal trainer, Angela Sellers (who recently married and was formerly Angela Yong Wolff), offers a range of disciplines that keep her clients engaged, excited and in top physical condition.

In 2011, Sellers opened Fit Columbia, a versatile personalized training center on Devine Street that focuses on yoga, Pilates, martial arts, group fitness, speed and agility training, and strength and cardiovascular conditioning. Recently, Sellers relocated Fit Columbia to Blossom Street in Five Points, where she continues to instruct clients in the fitness center’s popular wall and hatha yoga, as well as yoga for cancer patients, pregnant women and new mothers.

On Thursday, June 30, Sellers and Fit Columbia host a “Women of Fitness” Garden Party and Benefit for Innersole, a local statewide nonprofit shoe drive for children co-founded by University of South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley. 

EAT: I love the farm-to-table movement and eating locally. Vanessa Bialobreski does a great job with these dinners. I also love Motor Supply and the Korean restaurants on Decker Boulevard.

DRINK: I love a double mocha at Drip, but the right answer should be water with lemon – stay hydrated, everyone!

PLAY: About three years ago, I was introduced to tennis, and it’s safe to say I’m addicted. I played college volleyball, so tennis was an easy transition. I love to be outdoors and physically active. If there’s an opportunity ... to compete in something, I want to do it – and win. I love Rockbridge Club. They always make people feel at home and welcome. The facilities are kept up and events well organized. Beyond sports, I love going to the theater and local art exhibits with my husband.

LISTEN: I listen to music that makes me calm or happy. I want to sing along and feel good about the world. Christian music, Van Morrison and Michael Jackson are commonly playing on my headphones.

SEE: Five Points has become a place I really enjoy, especially from the front window of my studio. I’m so proud of our city when I see the runners, skateboarders and walkers pass by my studio at all hours of the day. I love the people-watching, going in and out of the small shops. Five Points is home to a lot of small-business owners and I’m proud to be among them.

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Cola Daily: Yoga classes going to the dogs in Columbia

By Allen Wallace

The downward-facing dog is a common yoga pose, but in one yoga class Saturday in Columbia, the dogs were facing every conceivable direction.

Fit Columbia in Five Points hosted Yoga with Puppies, inviting participants to bring their canine friends to join the exercise. It might sound strange, but Fit owner Angela Yong Sellers said there is sound reasoning behind it.

“There’s a lot of mom and dad guilt when you leave your pet at home all week long while you go to work, so this is one less missing opportunity to be with your pet,” she said. “When you’re totally at peace and your dog’s there with you, it’s nice.”

Sellers hosted her first Yoga with Puppies event last month, and with successes then and Saturday, plans to make it a monthly event. She added that she keeps a higher than usual ratio of staff to participants so that staff can handle duties like taking a dog for a walk if needed.

“We haven’t had one problem,” she said, and there were none on Saturday, as humans and dogs alike mingled happily.
Wednesday is International Yoga Day, and Sellers said that annual focus on the practice comes at a time when it is already drawing more attention in Columbia.

“Yoga is becoming extremely popular and there are a lot of studios opening up in Columbia,” she said, adding that she thinks the different studios should be on good terms and at times work together. “We just wanted to vary ourselves because we don’t want to be competition. The way that we can complement other studios is to offer things that they are not.”

“We bring a lot of youthful energy to our yoga,” Sellers said. She added that Fit Columbia offers something for all experience levels, beginner to expert, and instructors who will help people along the way.

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The State Newspaper: Puppy Yoga

Angie Sellers of Fit Columbia leads a 'Yoga with Puppies' class now at the yoga studio in Columbia's Five Points. Sellers held two classes on May 13, 2017, with ten participants bringing in their favorite 4-legged friend to enjoy the relaxing exercise and fitness class. Here, Angie Sellers teaches the class some yoga poses on the aerial silk as the dogs explore and play. Rob Thompson

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Go Columbia: Yoga with Puppies

Columbia fitness studio offering yoga with puppies 

Erin Shaw

First, there was goat yoga. Now, there’s puppy yoga. 

Fit Columbia in Five Points will offer a yoga class where dogs are welcome on Saturday.

Owner Angie Yong Sellers said she was inspired by the goat yoga trend.

“It's been really successful and I thought about it and realized I have the perfect space for puppies,” she wrote in an email.

The class is $20 and BYOP - Bring Your Own Puppy. It will include yoga on mats, “so everyone can smell each other and explore,” as well as aerial silks “to see our cute, furry friends playing down below,” Sellers said. 

As of Monday afternoon, the class was nearly sold out. If you miss it, there will be a second class on June 17. Find out more at Fit Columbia.

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