About Hot Yoga of Huntsville
Why we do what we do…
Yoga is for everyone and everyone can do yoga!
We believe that the practice of asana (yoga poses) can improve all aspects of your life. If you’re looking for stress relief, healing, flexibility, you’ve come to the right place.
What you will find at this studio are people of different ages, races and body types because yoga is a practice that doesn’t care what you look like nor if you can contort yourself into a pretzel. This is a judgment-free studio where everyone is welcome regardless of ability.
We are not gurus and we don’t want to be…
We believe you find your path to enlightenment on your terms.
We respect all religions and beliefs.
Sure, you can find a higher power via the practice of yoga, we don’t deny that, but we are an asana-based studio.
Call us yoga poseurs, that’s okay with us.
Why I do what I do…
My name is Robyn and I co-own HYOH with my business partner, Dean. This studio was never intended to be about me, but about the healing power of yoga. What I found in this all-encompassing practice, I wanted to share with others. How I discovered yoga was by grudgingly attending my first Bikram hot yoga class on the insistence of a friend who swore that yoga would cure my migraines. As a cheerleader at the University of Missouri, I was accidentally dropped on my back from a considerable height which fractured my lumbar vertebrae (L4-L5). I continued cheering after what I thought was a recovery only to find that years later, my back had fused which had caused misalignment, pain and the aforementioned, migraines. Prior to taking my first hot yoga class, I had believed that yoga was just a bunch of old ladies in sweatshirts sitting in lotus. Boy, was I wrong and delightfully so as the practice I was introduced to was physically challenging, but also mentally challenging, especially to a Type A personality. Coming from a highly competitive background as a two-time Junior Olympic gold medalist in Acrogymnastics, a competitive Scottish dancer and a corps and soloist dancer for St. Louis Civic Ballet, I was pleased to find something that was challenging, incorporated mind/body/soul, but was also non-competitive and healing.
Moving to the Huntsville area in 2010 from Seattle, I hate no intention on opening a hot yoga studio as my assumption was that every city had hot yoga and I would remain a life-long student and stay in my degreed fields of Biology and Chemistry. Traveling frequently to to Nashville, Chattanooga and Birmingham, Dean and I decided to pool our investment monies and open up a hot yoga studio in 2011.
People often ask if we are a franchise. We have been the sole proprietors of this yoga studio and have never been owned, operated or associated with a franchise. We are free to teach what we want and are not beholden to a specific style.