Solo Yoga welcomes community connection
Everyone is welcome at Solo Yoga studio, whether they're practiced pros who have been doing yoga for years, or those more on the novice side.
"If you can't touch your toes, that doesn't mean you're not good at yoga," owner Edie Brennan said.
Brennan has been teaching yoga for seven years, and has dreamed of owning her own studio. That dream comes true on Thursday, April 19, when Solo has its soft opening.
She got experience with what it takes to run a studio of her own while working at a treatment center in St. Paul.
"Through that experience I gained so much love and passion for yoga," she said.
Growing up in Afton, Brennan spent a lot of time in Hudson - from ice cream trips to Dairy Queen to summer afternoons at Booster Days. So when it came time to open her own studio, she and her husband knew it had to be Hudson.
"When I was thinking about a space, I knew - Hudson," she said. "Hudson, it's totally it."
Located downtown at 520 Second St., Suite A, the studio is in the midst of the hustle and bustle, but the second story space brings a calm and separation when looking out the window. The goal of the studio is to welcome everyone and provide a relaxing experience regardless of their experience level.
"Everyone has something, so there's really no one size fits all," Brennan said.
She offers a range of class formats, from the beginner Solo Flows to more intermediate Solo Flow 2 to the high-intensity strength and stability class. Also offered are restorative and yen classes, a candlelight flow and a flow jams, a class that features fun music, named by Brennan's husband.
"I think a big component of the studio too is it doesn't have to be so serious," she said.
In addition to herself, Brennan will have 3 or 4 other instructors teaching up to 25 classes a week.
"It's super important to offer variety," Brennan said. "I'm not going to please everyone."
Brennan encourages those new to yoga to try it more than once, and to try out other instructors and class formats to get used to it and find what works for them.
"Just like anything new you're in your head," she said.
In addition to classes, Brennan plans to have open hours about two times a week when people can stop in and get familiar with the studio.
"Don't be afraid to ask questions," she said. "Don't be afraid to reach out."
The people are Brennan's favorite aspect of Solo.
"Building that community, building that connection," Brennan said.
When people do yoga, Brenna said it's usually for a specific, typically personal, reason. In working towards those personal goals, individuals build connections with others and a sense of community grows from there.
"I hope to just support that community aspect," Brennan said.