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Feel the Heat at Hot Yoga Naperville

By Jake Levin

Conrad Gacki founded Hot Yoga Naperville not only to fill a void, but to share his own positive experience with yoga.

When Gacki opened the Bikram-style studio in Naperville, Ill. in 2003, it was the only one of its kind in suburban Chicago. Gacki capitalized on the lack of a hot yoga studio in the market, but it was the way yoga helped both he and his children solve some health issues that also inspired him to open up Hot Yoga Naperville.

The studio feels like a sanctuary, according to Gacki, a place where people can escape from the stresses of their daily life. The studio offers a wide variety of styles of yoga classes and group fitness Boot Camp classes every day of the week.

"People are able to let go and be themselves in a safe environment," Gacki said. "There is much diversity at this studio, from the classes we offer to the ages of students and the ethnicity. It has a warm, homey feeling and a very welcoming vibe."

One of Gacki's favorite classes is that of "YIN Yoga," which resonates with him on a personal level. He had some injuries in high school that compromised a regular range of motion in his body, but through YIN, was able to open joints back up and get blood to flow to the injured parts of his body.

"It gives me a lift," Gacki said.

There are many reasons why a student new to yoga should choose Hot Yoga Naperville, according to Gacki. Over 30,000 students have passed through the doors of the studio since its opening, receiving instruction from experienced teachers who take pride in their students and the art of yoga. Gacki pointed out that students with many different body types have filed in to Hot Yoga Naperville to take on many different types of classes. For those interested in working as an instructor in the yoga field or who want to enhance their practice and teach, Hot Yoga Naperville offers an intensive 200 hour Hot Yoga Teacher Training class that happens annually.

"We have classes going from early morning 'til evening," Gacki said. "The atmosphere here is very welcoming and we truly enjoy meeting new students and helping them make yoga a lifelong passion."

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