After seven years in business as Wilton’s well-known center of yoga and practice, Hello Yoga Wilton is changing its name to Soul Tribe Yoga. Owner Marianne Erena says the decision to rebrand better highlights the studio’s philosophy of honoring the importance of a welcoming community.

Hello Yoga has a strong following, something Erena has continued to build after buying the studio from founder Annie Clark two-and-a-half years ago, but the name didn’t necessarily capture the ethos by which she lives her life.

“Since yoga is a practice of focus, connection and strength that feed the soul, it seems only logical that Soul Tribe Yoga should be the new name of this beloved studio, ” Erena says. “It’s a place for all people to come, escape the everyday perils of the world, and feel they belong somewhere, a part of a tribe where they are accepted for who they are.”

Erena says she has put together a team of dedicated and inspiring teachers who focus on cultivating a friendly, sometimes challenging and safe experience for clients.

“The name now reflects the peace, wellness and respect that keep people motivated and practicing,” she adds.

Soul Tribe Yoga will continue to offer its most popular therapeutic yoga, vinyasa flow, beginner and kid/teen classes. Erena says she has plans to expand the studio’s workshop series and regular meditation offerings as well as schedule more community events.

Along those lines the studio has scheduled a grand re-opening celebration for this weekend, June 2-3, with a slate of raffles, giveaways and free classes from the studio’s teachers including Marianne, Nicole, Julie, Lorien, Jackie and Laura.

The schedule of free classes being offered runs between noon and 4 p.m. both days; the weekend’s class schedule can be found on the new website. Anyone interested participating in a free class should register online or call 203.210.7502.