WAXAHACHIE

Yoga enthusiasts will soon have another option to find their balance, this time in a hot-and-humid environment.

402 Hot Yoga will open in December in downtown Waxahachie, located in the Rogers Hotel. The owner, Shaena Campbell, has worked in the fitness industry for most of her entire adult life and is ready to bring a sense of empowerment through exercise back to locals.

The 1989 Waxahachie High School graduate started her journey instructing step aerobics and jazzercise classes at the gym across the street from the Rogers at what used to be D-N-S Fitness. When Lord’s Gym opened, she obtained her personal training certification and focused on that and then, seven years ago, Campbell earned her yoga teaching certification.

“When I started yoga, I thought I was going to hate it,” Campbell admitted. “It took one class, and I loved it. At that time in my life, I was really into hardcore, killing myself [fitness].”

Once Campbell completed a heated yoga class, “it completely kicked my butt.”

The yoga lifestyle has now taken over her regular fitness routine.

Before ever stretching on a mat, Campbell owned her own gym in Maypearl — Maypearl Body Shop — for the better part of three years. After she attended yoga classes in downtown at Waxahachie Yoga, she eventually owned it and gave it the new name Fuel Yoga Lounge. It operated for two years before she sold it to The Yoga Project, which functioned for about three years.

“I have three daughters that are all graduated, and now I feel like it’s the right time,” Campbell said.

To open a yoga studio in downtown was essential to Campbell. She did mention the ambiance of the Rogers Hotel alone was a plus, as clients can now escape their busy lives by entering a building built in 1913 when times were much slower.

“For one, I love downtown. It’s so cool down here,” Campbell said. “And, I want this to be an intimate studio, not big. Like I love the windows because they aren’t windows where people walk by all the time.”

Campbell wants her clients to be able to escape from their fast-paced lives and advance physically and mentally.

“I also feel when we show up for ourselves and take the time, […] it’s crazy how well we show up for everyone else,” Campbell explained.

She added, “It feels good to come in here and move and sweat and be completely okay with myself no matter how I am today. Some days are easy. Some days are hard."

Temperatures in the yoga studio will range from 88 to 92 degrees with humidity levels at 55 to 60 percent. Campbell disclosed that other hot yoga studios get a lot hotter than that, and she is still testing out the room to find the hottest she can get it.

Campbell discussed the benefits of yoga starts with a deep breath. “It’s a tool that we have that can immediately lower our heart rate, immediately takes anxiety, anxiousness, stress [away]. Some people don’t know that they have it. Some people don’t know how to use it.”

Other benefits include grace, increased flexibility, all-around strength and mindfulness on how to breathe through painful poses.

“If you can breathe through something uncomfortable in a yoga room then you can breathe through things uncomfortable in life,” she insisted.

When yoga is incorporated in a heated room, there are other benefits, which vary for each client. Campbell said the internet will both explain and debunk effects of hot yoga, while also noting that she benefits from hot yoga because she lives with arthritis, which results in a tight body.

“I’m 48, not 28. So there are differences when I walk into a room that is heated. It feels good; it helps my muscles to relax. But the sweat — there’s just something cleansing to me,” she explained.

The Washington Post published a health-science article titled, “The heat of hot yoga can be very good — bus also risky for some people.” The piece weighed pros and cons of hot yoga and encompassed a study of the effects of yoga in high temperatures.

“Among 700 people whom Mace Firebaugh has surveyed in an ongoing study, 48 percent say that hot yoga improves their mood," the article stated. "Forty-seven percent report better flexibility, 34 percent feel less anxiety and 33 percent report clearer skin. Some have reported negative effects such as nausea, dizziness and dehydration, but those symptoms are usually mild.”

The article later stated that heat in exercise could lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and might ease symptoms of depression.

On average, 402 Hot Yoga will host 12 classes Monday through Saturday and one Sunday a month with each session holding up to 18 people.

“I will start with extra classes for beginners,” Campbell assured. “I will do a beginners series for people who have never taken yoga and may be scared. So we will give them a place to step in and not feel intimidated.”

Most days there will be a class at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and twice a week there will be a noon class. On Fridays, there will be only a 9 a.m. class. While in the early stages of operation, there will be morning classes on Saturdays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m.

Classes will be separated into 68-minute and 45-minute sessions. A vinyasa class will be offered along with a Rev course that is a shortened vinyasa with hand weights and cardio bursts incorporated. “It’s kind of a mix of personal training and yoga together,” Campbell explained. A vinyasa with a chill component will also be offered, as well as a shortened vinyasa and a chill class one Sunday a month.

Charter memberships are available as well as monthly memberships.

Those interested can search for the Hot Yoga 402 app to schedule appointments. Doors will shut on the hour and class begins two minutes after.

Those interested can follow 402 Hot Yoga on Instagram @402hotyoga or call/text Campbell at 972-935-8647 or email yogain402@outlook.com for more information.

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Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450