When Annie Camp, The Yoga Room Conroe owner, took her first yoga class in 2004, she had no idea it would completely change her life both physically and emotionally.
“[Yoga] slowed me down, and it helped me become more grounded and breathe,” Camp said. “I was miserable and sitting in my own misery. It helped me get back to who I was; it helped me find myself again.”
Camp originally took the class, at her daughter’s suggestion, during an unhappy time in her life. The Scotland native and her family were transferred from Nigeria to The Woodlands in 2004 for her husband’s job in the oil and gas industry.
After living as an expatriate around the world for many years, Camp said she struggled to find happiness and adjust to life in the U.S. However, by the end of a 90-minute hot yoga class, Camp has decided to devote herself to the practice.
Over the next 12 years, Camp earned numerous certifications, taught classes in The Woodlands and moved back to Nigeria where she opened The Yoga Room Abuja in 2010. She moved back to The Woodlands area in 2013 and earned a certification in Forrest yoga—an emotional and spiritual practice focusing on helping those who have experienced trauma or abuse.
Camp opened The Yoga Room Conroe in the Waterpoint Shopping Center on Lake Conroe in December 2016 to share yoga’s benefits with the community. The studio offers a variety of yoga classes seven days a week, which range from beginners classes to hot yoga.
Camp hosts a donation-only yoga class monthly on the Waterfront Marina’s deck, with all proceeds benefiting a local nonprofit. She said the most rewarding part of owning her small business is connecting with the community and spreading the benefits of yoga.
“People come in carrying so much stress, tension, hurt, grief and fear, and watching them go out with none of that is very special to me,” Camp said. “I don’t want to say that I heal them … but I get to help people have a better life.”
The Yoga Room Conroe
15320 Hwy. 105 W., Ste. 122, Conroe
Hours: Mon.-Tue. 6 a.m.-7:15 p.m., Wed. 6 a.m.- 8:30 p.m., Thu. 8 a.m.-7:15 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 7:15 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sun. 8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m., closed 1-4 p.m. Mon.-Sun.