Yoga teachers flock to Hood River

August 24, 2005

Hood River joined the ranks of cities such as Miami, Houston, Minneapolis and Denver last weekend when it hosted a nationwide teacher training conference put on by YogaFit, a company dedicated to combining yoga and fitness in a manner that is accessible for everyone.

“It was a very successful event,” said Stephanie Adams, who, along with Sybil Nance, own Flow Yoga in Hood River. “We were completely sold out.”

The more than 140 soon-to-be yoga instructors converged on the Hood River Best Western for four days to work toward their 200 hours of instruction they need to become instructors themselves. Classes were offered not only in the four required levels of the training program, but also in yoga specifically designed for seniors, people with depression and prenatal and postpartum women.

Instructors at the conference included Nance and Adams, both of whom are employees of YogaFit, and Beth Shaw, the founder of the company.

“Beth goes to all the conferences and teaches master classes in the mornings,” explained Adams. “We got a lot of comments from people saying that it was nice to see the CEO and founder being involved with the trainings.”

“YogaFit hosts conferences all over the country,” explained Nance. “Stephanie and I encouraged them to come to Hood River.”

And come they did — so many of them, in fact, that the Hood River Best Western didn’t have room to accommodate them on Saturday, and they had to overflow into the conference room of the Hood River Hotel.

“When we found out that we didn’t have room, we made some calls,” said Nance. “Cathy Butterfield of the Hood River Hotel opened her conference room up to us.”

“The people from L.A. were completely amazed that someone would do something like that,” said Adams of Butterfield’s hospitality. “They said that something like that would never happen where they were from.”

Being able to accommodate that many people was no small task for Adams and Nance. “It says a lot about Hood River that we were able to host this event,” said Adams.

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