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Meet Robin French of Bare Feet Power Yoga in West Loop

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robin French.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I opened up BFPY in June 2012 in the West Loop. It was one of the first few businesses on Monroe Street and I was excited to start my journey in the neighborhood. My intention was to create a welcoming space that was free from judgment and focused on connection.

When I first opened my doors I offered 17 classes a week and taught them all. There were a lot of classes with only 1 or 2 people in them, which meant I got to know all of my clients really well. Many of which still come to BFPY 6 years later!

I brought on my first teacher, Ali, in August 2012 and her classes started growing. I slowly brought on more teachers and all of our classes continued to grow. By 2016 we had 8 teachers. Many of the classes in our small studio were packed full so I decided to open up a second location a few blocks away to host our first official BFPY teacher training program. We call this space on Madison our LOFT and in addition to training, we offer many of our gatherings, workshops and special classes.

Our studio continues to thrive today with over 20 teachers on our schedule. We offer a variety of classes and are still focused on creating connection and a powerful community that will elevate our world.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My greatest challenge has been a great problem to have, it’s a lack of space. My studio is 1300 square feet and when I designed my space I opted for a tiny lobby so that I could fit as many people into the class as possible. It’s caused me to be really creative and minimal with space we do have. And honestly, I think it provides an intimate and welcoming feel.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Bare Feet Power Yoga – what should we know?
We offer a variety of awesome classes at our studio and specialize in the community. We welcome everyone that walks through our studio doors with open arms. We have created a space where people have the freedom to express themselves authentically and connect with one another technology free.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My family, especially my husband and my parents have been super supportive of me. I learned so much from my mentors, Adrienne Smith and Debbie Williamson, who are big inspirations in my life. And everyone on my team has had a huge impact on the success of BFPY, especially many of my first teachers – Ali Brashler, Bradshaw Wish, Julianne Farrell, Erin Gams, Erin Smid.

Pricing:

  • New Client Special – $30 for 30 Days of Yoga
  • Drop Into class for $22
  • Free Community Classes every Saturday at 4:30 pm & Tuesday at 5:30 pm

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