At Sweat Shop Hot Yoga, we’re more than just a hot yoga studio. Our community of yoga students and teachers are here to help one another and lift each other up.
ABOUT SWEAT SHOP HOT YOGA
Get ready to breathe, sweat and have some fun! Sweat Shop Hot Yoga is Lake Country’s highest rated and most reviewed yoga studio. Our premier infrared heat hot yoga studio is located in central Oconomowoc and provides an invigorating and welcoming environment for you to grow both physically and mentally.
Yoga is for EVERY body! Yes, really! You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga, you just need to be able to breathe. At Sweat Shop Hot Yoga, we are a community. We encourage, teach, learn, help and grow with each other. Grab your mat and join us no matter what your experience level is. Beginners are welcome. Nobody is judging or keeping score. Get ready to unlock your full potential. We can’t wait to meet you.
Breathe. Sweat. Have Some Fun!
WHAT MAKES SWEAT SHOP HOT YOGA DIFFERENT?
Sweat Shop Hot Yoga isn’t your average yoga studio. We’re a little bit different and we like it that way. Here are just a few of the things that make us unique:
Try Before You Commit:
Try a drop in class for only $25. We also have multiple Class Pack and Membership options to fit your unique, individual needs.
It Gets Hot in Here:
Hence why we call it the SWEAT SHOP. You’ll definitely be burning calories and getting your workout in.
We offer our different styles of classes including basic, classic, flow and power so that you’ll never get bored. We have something for everybody whether you’re just starting yoga, have years of experience or are just looking to burn some calories with low-impact activity.
Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT200):
All of our teachers are registered yoga teachers with Yoga Alliance. That might not mean a lot to most people, but it basically means that we know our stuff 😉
Month-to-Month Membership Options:
You will never worry about being “locked in” to a contract or signing as many pages as you did for your first home to start with us. Start anytime or cancel anytime. Either way, we’re here for you.
Personalized and Tailored Yoga Training:
Our teachers are experts in giving a little extra attention and help at just the right time. Whether it’s a hands-on adjustment, verbal cues or a few words of encouragement, we’re here to help you succeed and have the best yoga experience possible.
Our studio is heated by energy efficient and therapeutic infrared heat which helps boost your metabolism, breaks down fat, conditions the cardiovascular system, improves flexibility and joint comfort and aids in relaxation and stress management. Infrared heat is a gentle heat that feels like a warm and sunny day rather than a sauna.
Our goal is to help you build the best version of yourself. We all start somewhere. Yoga is a great way to improve your endurance for other physical activities or for daily movements. Yoga can be a great complement to other physical activity. After other activities, such as weightlifting or running, yoga can help you stretch and strengthen your muscles while relaxing. Through your yoga practice you will build muscular and cardiovascular strength and endurance.
Our studio features hypo-allergenic, non-porous flooring, making it easy to keep fresh. We take pride in providing a clean space, which allows you to focus on your workout. Our indoor plants help boost your mood, concentration and creativity along with reducing stress and fatigue. Our plants also help clean the air by absorbing toxins and producing oxygen. You will leave feeling refreshed, invigorated and energized.
WHAT IS HOT YOGA?
Simple! Hot yoga is just like normal yoga, but with you in it. Just kidding. But, it is just like regular yoga, just in a warmer room. We offer a variety of classes including Basics, Classic, Flow and Power. Depending on the class, the room is heated anywhere between 85 to 105 degrees. The heat of the room helps prepare the body for movement and makes for a sweaty workout.
Although hot yoga offers many of the same benefits of traditional yoga such as stress reduction, improved strength and flexibility, it is more than just a few minutes of deep stretching. Not only does the heated room make the class more challenging, but hot yoga has been shown to help burn more calories, improve flexibility, build bone density, reduce stress, ease depression, provide a cardiovascular boost, reduce blood glucose levels and nourish the skin.
MEET THE FOUNDER OF SWEAT SHOP HOT YOGA, CHRISTINA SOMMER
I bet you’re thinking that to be a yogi you have to be perfectly in shape and freakishly flexible. Well, hopefully not, because I’m neither of those! I’m a normal person just like you, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Those Awkward Pre-Teen Years
I grew up sports illiterate. I am the youngest of my two siblings, although I never reaped any of the benefits of it growing up, other than being picked on. Growing up, our Dad made us play softball and baseball in the summers. If we didn’t our alternative was picking weeds in the driveway. Which, looking back, I’m pretty sure he made us do anyway. I’m not sure if my Dad was just trying to make sure we were good at softball or teach us to never quit, but only one of those lessons stuck.
I hate to spoil the surprise, but it was the latter of the two. My next sports experience came in fifth grade when I thought it’d be cool to join the basketball team. I often like to play a game called “guess how many times Christina touched the basketball the ENTIRE season?” Before you get too far, no, the answer is not zero! Give me a little more credit than that… the answer is one. Needless to say, I opted to not play basketball the following year. I don’t think my Dad made me pull weeds this time, but I’m sure he found some other chore for me.
High School, Everybody’s Favorite
Along came high school. Thankfully, I found out I was good at a sport! I couldn’t (and still can’t) catch, throw or do any other productive things with a sports ball, but tell me to run in a straight line (or a circle) and I’m your girl! Someone crazy (I don’t remember who) convinced me to join the Cross-Country team. I was decently fast. With my slim frame and long legs, running came naturally to me. I hated practices but loved the race. I loved looking at the person in front of me, telling myself I’m going to pass them and making it happen. I would get so focused during my races I would literally forget to blink. I was laser focused on what was ahead. Those were fun times. Although I was decent, I was far from the best.
This same story goes for when Track & Field time rolled around. Running my first 400m race was a bit of a fluke and when I finished my leg of the 4X400m I really couldn’t figure out why my teammates were so excited. As a freshman in high school I ran a 70 something second 400m race, not bad for my first ride around the track. I went on in the next few years to run the 4X400m, 400m and 800m; all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. My Junior year I competed at state. After that… well let’s just say I caught senioritis as many of us do at that age.
After High School
After high school I discovered bodybuilding competitions and was amazed. I wanted to have the perfect body and although I did go on to compete in a bodybuilding competition (bikini division), I can’t say that I ever quite achieved “the perfect body” through body building. After my competition, like most competitors do, I fell into a very unhealthy relationship with food. I’m not quite sure how I managed to do it, but I gained 35 pounds in a matter of months. For my thin frame, this was a lot of weight and I struggled accepting my new body. After what seemed like ages, I decided to get back on track with working out and eating well. I went back to my roots and started running.
I (Used to) Like to Run
I began running a copious amount of 5k races. When I say copious amounts, I mean I was running 3 – 4 competitive races a month. Why? I think partially because I was insane, but also because I was once again decent at it and liked to win. Running is a pastime that my father and I enjoyed together, and we would even do a few races together here and there.
My dad taught me many things in life and one of those things is to never talk poorly about someone behind their back and since he’s no longer with us, I won’t say which one of us was faster. Love you Dad. Although I used to think that not many things can beat the feeling of a runner’s high, I think the feeling of euphoria you get after a hot yoga class is pretty awesome.
So Why Hot Yoga?
Oh… you were probably wondering about how I got into yoga. Right! Well, I don’t 100% remember to be honest. About 5 years ago I took my very first yoga class and it was… okay. I think I went into it not quite knowing what to expect. It was a few years before I was brave enough to go back to another yoga class when my friend invited me to go to hot yoga. I figured it was just like regular yoga, just a little warmer. I was ready to do some light stretching and then move on with my day. Turns out I was wrong. Hot yoga in a 95+ degree room is no joke! I felt AWESOME afterwards. Somehow after sweating bucket loads I felt more invigorated and refreshed than ever. And my skin looked phenomenal, double awesome! I was hooked.
I’ve been practicing hot yoga for a few years now and I can promise you, it’s more than just a few stretches. But, the great thing about yoga is that it can be whatever you want it to be, whether it’s a light practice where you take it easy in our Basics class, or one where you burn as many calories as possible in our Power class. I now practice yoga every morning and look forward to my alarm going off. It’s my time to start my day in a positive way, with challenging myself yet honoring my body and getting in the right head space for the day ahead.
The Corporate World
I’ve always been quite ambitious. Once I commit to something, I see it through. For better or worse, in my career I’ve always been incredibly growth focused. I set my eyes on a goal, achieve it and then set my sights on another. In my corporate career this meant going to school full time while working full time throughout obtaining my bachelor’s degree. Sometimes I would have as many as 18 credits a semester while working a full-time job. I began working in the Human Resources field as a Recruiter and worked my way into a Generalist role. That means I knew a little about a lot (still do in fact).
A few years and tears later I became a HR Manager. Many, many, many 14-hour days later I became a Vice President of Human Resources at the ripe age of 27. Corporate America has been fun and all, but there’s not many things that are more powerful than sharing your passion with and helping others along their journey.
Connecting the Dots
We’ll fast forward here and connect some of the dots. My husband and I live in Oconomowoc and absolutely love it here. The lakes and neighborhoods are hard to beat. The only downside… there (was) no hot yoga studio! I mean, there’s no Target either, but I’m willing to see past that. However, I can’t live without a hot yoga studio! So, here we are my friends. I wanted to create a space where the community can join together to learn, help and grow with each other- mind, body and soul. Where we can all breathe, sweat and have some fun!
Let’s Wrap This Up
In summary, I fell in love with yoga and all that it’s done for me. Not only for the physical benefits, but the emotional benefits as well, and I hope you do too.
Cheers to you if you actually read that novel. You deserve a prize, hopefully my friendship will do. I can’t wait to meet you and learn all about your story.