Several years ago, I saw an article in a Denver newspaper about a fabulous yoga teacher, amazingly fit at 95 years old. I was looking for a lower-impact exercise alternative to running, hiking, and skiing, so this article caught my attention.
My first yoga experience was at a Bikram yoga studio. I walked into the studio not even realizing that it was “Hot” yoga. That first 90-minute class was the hardest, most intense experience of my life! I went home with a red face, soaking with sweat, (I never used to sweat!) and totally wiped out… but something about that experience pulled me back to another class, and another, and another. Before long I was feeling amazing, with more energy than I'd had in years, a calm that I could draw from in times of stress, and a sense of peace that stayed with me for days.
My two daughters, Stephanie and Stacie, tried Bikram yoga with me. They didn't like the heat at first. They each tried a class, backed off for a bit, then tried another one, and then another. Of course by then they'd begun to feel the incredible benefits. This is when a personal practice takes on a life of its own. With each of us practicing on a regular basis and becoming more and more aware of the fantastic growth happening in our lives, the idea of opening a yoga studio was something we knew we wanted to do as a family. And what a wonderful thing it is!
Stacie attended the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training program just after she graduated from Boston University. A year later, Stephanie followed in her sister's path and completed the training to become certified as well. Both sisters have been teaching Hot Yoga these past few years now, and continue to expand into other areas and practices.
After we opened the Solar Yoga studio, Stephanie and Stacie's father, Dave Richter, started his own yoga practice and also became a trained yoga instructor. As for me… my love for yoga continues to grow. I attended Jimmy Barkan's teacher training for the Barkan Method of Hot Yoga and became an instructor soon after opening Solar Yoga, and now I take every opportunity to continue on my yogic path in being both the teacher and the student.
We now have this wonderful family business, with lots of devoted students working hard to develop strong, flexible bodies. The Solar Yoga studio brings together a remarkable community of people who value this vital space we create and share, with a great sense of health, well being, calm – and peace.
~ Loretta Richter