Per­son of in­ter­est in hospital

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON / PROVINCE -

A Hal­i­fax yoga in­struc­tor who was killed in her home is be­ing re­mem­bered as a kind and de­ter­mined busi­ness­woman whose ra­di­ant per­son­al­ity in­spired stu­dents and friends alike.

Police said Tues­day they were con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the homi­cide of Kristin John­ston, 32, whose body was found Satur­day at her home in Pur­cells Cove.

Renowned Cana­dian opera singer Measha Brueg­ger­gos­man said she met and be­came friends with John­ston soon af­ter the Mon­treal na­tive opened the first Bikram yoga stu­dio in Hal­i­fax about five years ago.

Brueg­ger­gos­man, who also teaches Bikram or hot yoga, said John­ston loved Nova Sco­tia and quickly be­came a part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“She was very much a cham­pion and a pi­o­neer of this prac­tice of yoga (in Hal­i­fax),’’ said Brueg­ger­gos­man. “She had very clear goals for her­self and was a real in­spi­ra­tion to me as some­body who ran her own busi­ness through ded­i­ca­tion and trial and er­ror.’’

Con­nie McInnes, the owner of RIO Pi­lates and Yoga Stu­dio in Hal­i­fax, said she first met John­ston as a stu­dent in one of her classes and es­tab­lished a friend­ship af­ter she started her own busi­ness.

She said John­ston wasn’t pro­pri­etary when it came to grow­ing yoga in Hal­i­fax. McInnes said she worked tire­lessly to build con­nec­tions.

“What res­onated with me . . . was that she was re­ally fo­cused on col­lab­o­rat­ing with the com­mu­nity and build­ing a big­ger com­mu­nity.’’

John­ston’s fam­ily is in­volved with Bikram yoga in Mon­treal, where there are three stu­dios.

Police said Tues­day that they were wait­ing to talk to a man who was a “per­son of in­ter­est,’’ in John­ston’s death.

“He was the man taken to hospital on Satur­day from the scene,’’ said spokes­woman Theresa Rath.

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