Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Marengo.
Kristin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Hot Power Yoga Center’s owner, Kristin, grew up dancing competitively. After high school in 1998 she went professional and danced on tours and cruise ships, for 3 years. Eventually, landing in New York City where she discovered yoga to overcome some injuries. She completely fell in love with yoga. Her injuries healed, but more importantly she was discovering all the mental benefits that yoga had to offer as well. She decided to sign up for a Teacher Training course at Sonic Yoga in NYC in 2003. Yoga at that point became a life changing practice. I started to notice behaviors in my mind that I wasn’t proud of, and I now had the tools to alter them. My friends changed, my inner circle changed, my bad habits changed, I had a new perspective on life. I decided that I was meant to pass this healing practice on to others. I started teaching at local yoga studios in NYC. Eventually landing at Prana Power Yoga on Broadway Street. After a few years of teaching there, I became their manager. It was there where I found a new dream of one day owning my own yoga studio. I taught there from 2007-2014, fully ran their Teacher Training program and business. In 2014 I decided to move back home to a Worcester, Massachusetts and open Hot Power Yoga Center.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
When you do something you love, it doesn’t feel like work. My biggest obstacle was finding the right staff. After coming from NYC, where there are millions of incredible teachers, I had a hard time finding the right teachers. I am not the type to settle for mediocre. I started with a staff of 3 people. I taught 1300 classes myself in the first year that we opened. I then wrote a 90 page Teacher Training manual in my “spare time” and got my Training program accepted by the Yoga Alliance. 13 months after opening our doors, our first Teacher Training began. My philosophy was if I can’t find the right teachers, I will create them myself. Now 3 successful Teacher Training programs later we have a full staff, that I am very proud of.
Hot Power Yoga Center – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are a Yoga Studio. We offer Hot Power Vinyasa classes. We also have a Teacher Training program that certifies teachers through the Yoga Alliance. At Hot Power Yoga Center, we never teach the same class twice. Lots of studios these days make you follow a choreographed flow, but In my opinion, in order to teach the best class you have to read the energy in the room and teach to the students that are there. In other words you have to be experienced enough to alter the class to the specific levels in the room. This is harder to do then simply teaching memorized choreography, but it gives the students a better education. This also takes the Teacher off auto pilot, which always makes for a better class. Another way we are different is we theme our classes so that you learn about yoga philosophy as well. There are 8 limbs to the practice of yoga. The poses are just one limb, we like to explore the other limbs in our classes as well. Each class has a new theme, so every time you visit, you learn something new. We also get to know our students, we know your name. Someone asked me once what I want for my studio and I said “I want to be like the bar cheers, where everybody knows your name”. We are a community at Hot Power Yoga Center and we want you to feel like you are family when you walk through our doors.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success by how happy our students and teachers are. I want my students to leave with a smile on their face. I love watching the students leave feeling rejuvenated and peaceful. I also love being a good boss to my staff. I believe if you treat your staff with love and compassion, then they will treat the students with love and compassion. Love, compassion, happiness is the definition of success to me. When you have that everything seems to fall right into place.
- New Student intro deal: 2 weeks unlimited classes for $25
- Drop in $15
- 5 class pass $65
- 10 class pass $120
- 20 class pass $200
- Monthly auto renew $90
- One year unlimited $900
- Address: 1438 Grafton Street
Worcester, MA 01604
- Website: www.hotpoweryogacenter.com
- Phone: 5083538363
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