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Interview with Brittany Hopkins, owner/teacher
Q: How did you get involved in this business?
A: I have been moving and dancing my entire life and started teaching dance in 1998 and yoga in 2006. I’m originally from Texas. I went to college outside of St. Louis, and danced professionally in Chicago. Coming from a dance background, yoga instruction has been a beautiful and natural transition for me that makes my heart happy to bring movement to people who would be extremely intimidated by a dance class, yet want the same benefits of bending and strengthening and finding your center. Also, having worked for other people for so many years, my husband and I have wanted to be our own bosses for some time and this last August, I finally decided to take the leap.
Q: What distinguishes you from other businesses in your category?
A: What I’ve been told that sets me apart as a yoga teacher is that I can articulate things to people in a way that inspires them and challenges them, while at the same time making them feel comfortable in their very own and beautiful skin. I teach Baptiste power vinyasa yoga. It is a style of yoga that, by the end of the practice, you will have gotten your heart rate up, strengthened your core, arms, legs and back, balanced on one leg, stretched your entire body, and have changed your perspective for a bit, all while breathing on purpose. What sets us apart as a yoga studio, bike shop and coffee, tea and beer bar is that our business will be housed in used shipping containers.
Q: What do you like best about your line of work?
A: One is a common scenario in my life, and one is a really beautiful fact. First, I recently convinced a male hockey player to take a private yoga lesson with me. He said that he had never done yoga and had always been curious, but was extremely afraid. We met in the Denver City Park on a Sunday evening… Long story short, at the end of the practice we bowed our heads with a “namaste” and then I looked up at him — he was sweating bullets and grinning ear to ear. Second, that I can wear stretchy and comfy clothes to work every day.
Q: What is your business’ biggest challenge?
A: I’m new to the Denver area, so building up a cliental from scratch has been quite the process, in addition to learning all of the other things that go into starting a business. But it’s also a super fun adventure.
Q: Something people might be surprised to learn about you or your business:
A: People are often surprised to know that my husband/business partner and I drive cars that run on waste vegetable oil and we built a straw bale house with our very own hands. We are currently partnering with the Lakewood Dance Academy to offer classes, but once we find a property our business will be built out of used shipping containers and will house yoga, bikes and brews.
Business: Container Collective Yoga
Address: 9635 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood
Hours: Seven days a week
Founded: August 2014
Contact: 720-484-9867, cc360denver.com