Wichita yoga instructor talks building design, safety after Florida shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It was Friday evening when Kelsea Wright got a text that a gunman had opened fire at a Florida yoga studio.

"We come to yoga to leave our day behind, to de-stress, to get our workout in, stay fit, stay happy and to think that, that can be so violently disturbed is heartbreaking,” said Wright.  

Wright owns Limitless Yoga in Wichita and although the shooting is news she didn't expect, it's a scenario she's been prepared for.

"Before all this happened, I designed this studio with a little bit of that in mind just because I taught in public schools for ten years,” she explained.

Before classes, people are free to come in, but when they begin, the front door is locked until they end. If someone was to try and break-in, the plan would be to rush everyone out the back through the emergency exits located in each studio.

The safety measures put students like Kary Taylor at ease.

"It's great to be able to come in for that hour and just relax and not have to think about it, not have to have it on my mind because I know that Kelsea's already thought of it,” said Taylor. “She's already got the plans in place. Teachers already know what to do. If it does happen, there's a plan; it's not gonna be just chaos. Ya know, we don't want it to happen but we're prepared."

And for those who are feeling discouraged, Wright has a message.

"Don't let someone else's bad choices ruin the possibility of you keeping the peace that you have cultivated through your yoga practice,” she said.  

Shootings like this can happen anywhere, so it’s important to always be prepared. If you’re interested in active shooter response training for yourself or your business, Sedgwick County offers several different training classes.

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