Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse; Q&A with Co-Founder, Chris Reinbold
Q: Describe your background in yoga.
A: Our current staff teachers are all 200-level certified yoga teachers by Yoga Alliance. As well, Co-Founder, Kerri Reinbold is one of only two Certified Baptiste teachers in the State of Michigan. Our other teachers are all in training with Baron Baptiste to reach Baptiste Certified status.
Q: How did the Funky Buddha Studio come to be?
A: The Funky Buddha was created to fill a void in the community. When we moved back from living in Chicago and Madison in 2009, we were not satisfied with our choices of yoga studios. Hot yoga, nor power yoga, was offered, and we strive to create a fun studio that was accessible to all levels of students. The studio opened December 1st, 2010, we expanded in July 2011 to double our space and saw almost 50,000 student visits in our first year.
Q: What makes the Funky Buddha different and unique from other yoga studios?
A: Style is different as we are a Baptiste style hot power yoga studio. We actively reach out to beginners and new students and have created a space that is fun and accessible to all. Our students are passionate about their experience and tend to tell all their friends!
Q: Why Michigan? Why Grand Rapids?
A: We both grew up in West Michigan and have 4 year old twins. We wanted to move back to be close to family. We are very intentionally an urban yoga studio. Our vibe, our style of yoga and our students all relate to an urban setting so the Eastown neighborhood in Grand Rapids is a great fit for us. In fact, over the past 14 months since we’ve opened, Eastown is undergoing a major resurgence that we are happy to be part of!
Q: What services and products do you offer?
A: Power Vinyasa, a flowing, vigorous style of yoga taught at 95 degrees is our primary class offering. We also offer basics classes, workshops, and teacher trainings. In our retail boutique we offer mats, Yogitoes, towels, books, and apparel.
Q: Describe the mission behind the Funky Buddha studio.
A: Our mission is to provide high quality yoga teaching that encourages our students to grow as individuals and empowers them to live fully.
Q: How does someone become a teacher?
A: Students may apply to our teacher training that have practiced with us for at least a year, have completed our Assistant Teacher Training, assisted live classes for 6 months and have completed the 40 days to Personal Revolution workshop. Once a student is accepted into our training they enter our Teacher Mentorship Program and after completing can find themselves as staff teachers.
Q: Where do you see the studio in the next five years? Ten years?
A: Our flagship studio will always be in Eastown. We have plans to open our next studio in West Michigan in 6 months and are in the process of releasing our own yoga line of apparel. Our apparel line, Ruby Project, will offer high quality yoga pants and tops designed and manufactured in Michigan, as opposed to pricey apparel companies like Lululemon, which import from Asia.
With classes for beginners and advanced yogis, the Funky Buddha appeals to every type of yoga student. Additionally, studio hours are extremely flexible and open and there is free parking right behind the building. The Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse is open Monday to Wednesday from 8:00am to 9:00am and 3:00pm to 9:00pm, Thursday and Friday from 5:00am to 11:00am and 3:00pm to 9:00pm, Saturday from 7:00am to 2:00pm and 7:00pm to 8:00pm, and Sunday from 8:00am to 1:00pm and 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Located at 1331 Lake Drive SE in Grand Rapids, check out the class schedule and rates to begin a truly fun, unique, and refreshing hot yoga experience. ~Kristin M. Coppens, Regional Director