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Dec, 05 2019

With latest fundraise, Yoga & Wellness startup SARVA plans to double its footprint

SARVA is eyeing Mumbai and Bengaluru as its key expansion markets.

By News Editor
With latest fundraise, Yoga & Wellness startup SARVA plans to double its footprint

SARVA, India's fastest growing Yoga Studio Chain, is planning to double its footprint in the next 12 months. The company is eyeing Mumbai and Bengaluru as its key expansion markets.

The expansion plans come after SARVA has raised Rs 20 crore in its first institutional financing round led by Fireside Ventures. The funds would also be utilized towards retail expansion, marketing and launching an integrated digital service.

Sarvesh Shashi, Founder of SARVA, said, “Since its inception, SARVA has grown aggressively from its first studio in Chennai and we hope to reach the 100-million consumer base in the next five years. We are very happy to have like-minded partners in Fireside Ventures supporting us in our mission to connect 7 billion breaths across the globe. We want to drive a cultural change and make yoga-based wellness a part of the modern lifestyle. Our aim is to encourage more individuals, especially those under the age of 35, towards mindful and holistic wellness.”

A disruptor in the fitness and wellness category, SARVA is focusing on the millennial population. With 25 different forms of practice, the venture plans to make yoga popular amongst urban youth. SARVA has rapidly grown since its inception and runs studios across two formats, including Diva Yoga and Sarva Yoga.

Kanwal Singh, Founder & Managing Partner, Fireside Ventures, who’s also joining SARVA’s board, said, “Our investment in SARVA is embedded in the Fireside philosophy of investing in exciting young brands and helping them with strong ecosystem support. SARVA is a credible player in the space of holistic wellness and has tremendous potential to scale up as a global Indian brand. Their physical, digital and lifestyle products and services catering to different needs and age groups, democratize the power and reach of yoga. We are aware that stress, anxiety, depression, obesity, etc, are becoming global health concerns. We believe in SARVA’s vision and our investment in the venture is also a step towards serving a global community.”

Founded in 2016 by Sarvesh Shashi, SARVA envisions to build a global community of physically, mentally and emotionally fit individuals, through yoga, mindfulness, movement and beyond. SARVA does this through two approaches – physical and digital. The physical approach includes the company’s state-of-the-art brick and mortar studios and lifestyle products. The accessible and interactive digital platform constitutes the digital approach.

The company has so far raised over Rs 35 crore from an illustrious list of global investors including David Giampaolo, noted entrepreneur in the global health and fitness sector; Mark Mastrov, an entrepreneur hailed as the ‘Steve Jobs of Fitness’; Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Zumba, etc. The angel round also included investments from Bollywood Actors like Malaika Arora, Aishwaryaa R Dhanush, Shahid Kapoor, and Mira Kapoor.

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