Namaste Hot Celebrates Reopening in Downtown Fergus Falls

The last year or so has been a long, hard road for many businesses. Although challenging, Greater Fergus Falls couldn’t be more proud of the creativity and resiliency the Fergus Falls business community has shown. Closing a business, whether temporarily or permanently, is never easy. Yet, our business leaders have managed to find ways to overcome the numerous obstacles they’ve faced since the onset of the pandemic.

In honor of that resiliency, we want to highlight a local business that recently reopened its doors for the first time in a year: Namaste Hot. Keep reading to find out more about owner Jenna Johnson and Namaste Hot’s road to recovery.

For the Love of Yoga

Jenna Johnson started practicing yoga back in 2009 and quickly became hooked. “Yoga has definitely enhanced my life,” says Johnson. “I believe that regardless of age, weight, fitness level, or experience, wherever you are, yoga will meet you there.”

Johnson developed such a deep appreciation for yoga that she decided to pursue it as a career. She’s earned certifications as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACP) through the Yoga Alliance. She is also a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor through the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association (NESTA).

In 2014, she and her family moved to Fergus Falls from Grand Forks, ND. Two years later, she decided it was time to share her love of yoga with the Fergus Falls Community. So, she opened Namaste Hot in downtown Fergus Falls in June of 2016.

Namaste Hot is an infrared heated hot yoga studio that primarily practices a yoga style called Vinyasa. This style of yoga, which is pronounced Vin-Ya-Sah, means “to move with breath” and is one of the most popular yoga styles in the West. Namaste Hot offers two types of Vinyasa classes: Vinyasa Flow and Rise and Shine Yoga.

“In [these] classes, you will flow through strong sequences of traditional sun salutations and standing postures, linking breath to movement while building strength and endurance as you push the edge of your balance and flexibility,” Johnson explains.

Namaste Hot also offers stretch classes, which are meant to increase joint circulation and improve flexibility. The movements are slower than those in the Vinyasa classes and are designed to target deep connective tissues between the muscles and fascia.