For the start of a new year, we wanted to shine a Spotlight on a business that
is truly transforming people's lives and creating an opportunity for new
beginnings. We are spotlighting Cindy Coats and Aaron Goodman, the
founders of Real Hot Yoga, right here in Knoxville. It was an absolute
pleasure learning more about them and what their mission is truly all about.
Aaron Goodman, Cindy Coats
Would you tell us a little about how Real Hot Yoga came about?
Was this always a desire that you both wanted to bring to life?
I (Cindy) had been doing yoga for years and introduced Aaron to it because
he, like many men, thought yoga was not a “real workout.” He soon realized
that not only was it a “real” workout, it was one of the hardest workouts he’d
ever done. Aaron had always wanted to have a fitness business or a gym. As for
me (Cindy) I was on a hiatus from my career wanting to take a year off to
decide what to do next. When one of Aaron’s best friends talked about a hot
yoga studio opening near him in New Jersey, Aaron came to me to see if this
was something that would work in Knoxville – to which I said “yes, of course,
someone needs to open a hot studio and I hope they do it next to my house so
I can practice!” I’d often used travel as an opportunity to do hot yoga in various
cities and always wished there was a good hot yoga studio in Knoxville. The
timing and the partnership was perfect. Knoxville was growing and it was
ready for a hot yoga studio. The rest, as they say, is history.
What are the benefits of a regular yoga practice?
What are the benefits of hot yoga in particular?
The benefits of both yoga and hot yoga are many! The asanas (yoga poses) are
a means to the present moment. In our busy lives we spend too much time
reliving, analyzing, and often beating ourselves up over past moments. Or, we
are worried about the future. Focusing on the body simply takes us back to the
present moment. In the present moment we can more easily feel gratitude,
acceptance, and think more clearly. This relieves stress and helps us connect to
others. Then add in the fact that it’s a total body workout that strengthens and
tones the entire body and burns a ton of calories! The heat amplifies this by
increasing heart rate vs. doing the same practice in a cold room. The fully body
sweat is also great for your skin and complexion!! The heat also warms and
loosens muscles so you get a deeper, safer, more therapeutic stretch.
How has this journey of creating Real Hot Yoga changed your life?
What has been the greatest and most powerful lesson throughout this
In the beginning we had no idea we would touch people’s lives. It’s just yoga,
right? Or so we thought. Many heartwarming thank you letters and emails
later (that often brought me to tears), we feel so fortunate, and humbled when
our clients share with us that yoga has changed their lives. Since beginning
yoga they’ve gained confidence and see themselves and their self-image more
accurately and kindly; gotten stronger physically, even stronger emotionally
and mentally and are able to ask for what they want and speak up for
themselves for the first time. The people, our clients, are now 100% the reason
we do what we do and come to work everyday. The lesson is that you never
have any idea how your words and actions will affect someone and to what
extent – so speak and act kindly.
How do you feel your business empowers people?
A lot of us, especially women, are so focused on others. We will do anything
for anyone, often at the cost to ourselves (and our sanity). We’ve heard a
million times that you can’t pour from an empty cup, yet we continue to try.
Yoga is 60-90 minutes that is 100% about doing something positive for
oneself– it’s about filling your own cup first. Many clients tell us this is the first
time in a long time they’ve actually done something just for themselves. Self-
acceptance and self-love has the ability to transform every relationship in your
life. Our incredible team of instructors teaches far more that just yoga in class.
Thank you, Cindy and Aaron, for bringing your vision to life.
You are truly making a difference in people's lives and are providing
a wonderful place for new beginnings.
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