Ina Pollifrone of Baiting Hollow this month celebrated the opening of her second yoga studio. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Town officials and representatives of the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce and Riverhead BID Management Association joined the owner of Solntse Hot Yoga earlier this month to celebrate her grand opening on West Main Street.

Ina Pollifrone, 28, of Baiting Hollow, took up yoga to deal with her own health issues and soon became a devotee.

“I loved it,” she said in her new studio on the second floor of the downtown landmark building known as the Bank Building.

“Solntse” means sun in Russian, Pollifrone said. Hot yoga is practiced in a warm environment.

“The heat helps with flexibility and detoxification,” she explained. Infrared lights ease aches and pains.

Pollifrone has been an instructor herself for about a year and a half. She employs about 10 teachers, who provide instruction in her studios seven days a week. She took the space over from Arial Fitness, which occupies a ground-floor space in the same location.

For Pollifrone, an immigrant from Belarus in the former Soviet Union, the downtown studio is her second location; she has another studio in Wading River.

She renovated and painted the second-floor rooms and began classes there in mid-April.

Solntse Hot Yoga is located at 40 W. Main St. as well as at the Shoppes at East Wind in Wading River.

Ina Pollifrone snipped the ribbon outside entrance to the West Main Street building where she opened her second studio. Photo: Denise Civiletti

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