The motto refers to more than one thing, owner Paula Countryman said. The most literal meaning is that Soul Yoga offers many yoga classes, but none of them are “hot yoga,” meaning the room is intentionally kept warm. The lack of non-hot yoga in the area was something Countryman discovered for the first time on the Plum Creek neighborhood Facebook page.
“Somebody got on there and asked, ‘Is there any yoga in the area that’s not hot’?” Countryman said.
The closest not-hot yoga was in San Marcos, Countryman realized. Though she had a previous career in social services, at the time, Countryman had already trained as a yoga instructor—in part to help fill in for the owner of a local studio she frequented.
She never expected to be opening her own studio, Countryman said, but circumstances aligned.
“I never intended to do this—ever,” she said. But she saw a real need in Kyle for an alternative type of yoga practice.
That is another piece of what Countryman means when she says the studio is “not hot.”