Success Stories


At Balance Hot Yoga we have customers who are nearing or have reached 1,000 classes! We’re so honored to have such committed yogis. To honor them we’d like to highlight their stories and celebrate this amazing achievement. Read their stories below and like us on Facebook to follow along with others as they reach this exceptional milestone!

Evan Massey.

How did you discover Balance and what sparked your search for a yoga studio?

I wasn’t looking for yoga. I am friends with Kara and around the time Balance opened and she kept inviting me to attend a class. Eventually I went to one and I really liked it.

What made you choose Balance?

I enjoy the hot temperatures and fast pace, challenging classes.

What have been the greatest benefits you’ve received from hot yoga and what has it been like to come to Balance over 1,000 times?

My increase in flexibility and stress relief.

Would you recommend Balance to someone else?

I can’t encourage people enough to check out Balance. I believe it would benefit anyone, but especially athletes in any sport. The increase in flexibility and mobility alone can improve anyone’s daily life.

What is your favorite result you have experienced so far?

I am probably the healthiest I have been in my entire life.

What has surprised you most about hot yoga?

How hard it can be. I had no idea what I was getting myself into that first class. As I got stronger and gained more experience it got easier, but there is always something to improve upon, and I think that is what I enjoy the most.

Randy Kraayenbrink.

Why did I choose Balance Hot Yoga?

Honestly? Because Kara, a good friend, opened up a hot yoga studio. My daughters thought it would be a good idea to check it out, so we did. Five-and-a-half years later I’m still going strong in every class. Well...most classes. Did I mention how freaking HOT it is in there? I was also having some lower back issues five-and-a-half years ago. My core strength has improved tremendously resulting in little-to-no back pain. Plus I’ve played sports my whole life so I needed a no-impact workout for my joints.

What motivates me?

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve played sports my whole life. I have always been coached. I have always had someone telling me what to do and when to do it. I try to work out on my own in a gym or at home but it’s too easy to sit on the couch and change the channel instead. So here’s my first secret--I pay money and because someone tells me what to do each and every workout it is awesome! The instructors at Balance are absolutely the best. Each and everyone of them do a great job. And, because I’m Dutch, I’m determined to get my money’s worth! Another reason I reached 1000 classes. And my other secret? I like to eat ice cream. A lot. Thus I work out.


Finally, I’d like to congratulate Mickey who also reached 1000 classes but in THREE years. Practitioners of yoga will tell you that yoga is not a competitive sport--but let’s be honest--she won. (Did I mention she is about 10yrs older than me?) Congrats Mickey!!!


Psst--don't tell Kara, but for any new clients who have never been to Balance--mention that you read this post when you come in for 30 days of yoga for only $45! Offer runs until May 31, 2019.

Mickey Kelly.

How did you discover Balance and what sparked your search for a yoga studio?

I discovered Balance by searching the internet for yoga studios in the Cedar Falls area. I attended 2 studios.

What made you choose Balance?

The atmosphere at Balance was very welcoming and the schedule of classes offered gave me the opportunity to attend classes with the variety of talented, well-qualified instructors who make the practice challenging yet encourage everyone to make modifications as needed.

What have been the greatest benefits you’ve received from hot yoga and what has it been like to come to Balance over 1,000 times?

After a few injuries I experienced limited flexibility, decreased strength and pain which limited being able to do some types of exercises that I was used to. Practicing hot yoga has allowed me to increase my flexibility and strength and reduce pain which are a few reasons I go to Balance so often. I feel blessed to spend as much time as possible with the people I get to call friends (instructors and participants) who make Balance an exceptional yoga studio.

Would you recommend Balance to someone else?

Family and friends who come to visit me are fans of Balance and often bring their yoga clothes and mats when travel so they don't miss their opportunity for hot yoga at Balance when they are in Cedar Falls.