Yoga Profile: Pace Beattie, Southern Om Hot Yoga (Owner)

Southern Om founder Pace Beattie’s story begins with parents that introduced him to alternative approaches to health at an early age. After graduating from the USC, he moved to Chicago and pursued his interest in markets as a day trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. The intensity of his work led him to try yoga in the 1980s. He took his first hot yoga class in 2007 and found that he was “immediately hooked.”

The banking meltdown of 2008 and his mother’s passing led him to pursue a long-held dream of opening a hot yoga studio in Greenville to share his passion. “I chose Baron Baptiste for my teacher training because I am inspired by his yoga practice. I completed Baptiste Levels I, II and III teacher trainings to become a Baptiste Instructor.”

In 2010, he opened the first location of Southern Om, a hot yoga studio that offers two styles of hot yoga: Southern Flow, where postures are held to the rhythm of deep breaths in a room heated to about 95°; and Southern 26, where 26 postures are held for 20, 30 or 60 seconds in a room heated to approximately 105°. In 2018, the Beatties opened a second studio in Greenville’s West End. Southern Om has won Best Yoga Studio of the Upstate from 2015-2018 by the readers of Greenville News.

Southern Om is located at 1140 Woodruff Rd. and at 1116 South Main St.; both in Greenville. For more information, call 864-329-1114, email, or visit and