Hot yoga community gives back with gratitude

Jessica Bryant and community member celebrate their gratitude at the True You Hot Yoga Gratitude Fesival. Photos by Ayaana Williams

There’s no business like a thankful one, and True You Hot Yoga demonstrated that by showing appreciation for their customers at their second annual Gratitude Festival. 

For the Second year in a row, True You in Stockton has hosted its Gratitude Festival as a way of giving back to the community and honoring the people who practice yoga at their facility. 

“It’s all about honoring the folks that come here and support us that practice yoga and Pilates and Yin,” said George Lewis, Pilates instructor at True You. “They [the customers] choose us, they actually choose us as their place of wellness and building a better mind and body.”

Instructors at True You focus on helping people better themselves through mind and body exercises.

This event was held in the True You back parking lot and was free and open to the community.

The yoga studio had just finished a massive remodeling of the yoga rooms, so at the festival, they were able to celebrate that as well. 

It featured about 12 to 15 vendors and booths that offered food services (fruit and vegetable vendors, hot dogs, cold brew coffee, etc.), handmade jewelry sales, free face painting and drawing, a bounce house and free yoga for kids.

“For many years we would just have a party and invite people and have music and have awards and stuff like that; and then Helena Monica [the owner] had the idea that really how could she give back to the community and make it more inclusive,” said Lewis. “So now we’ve opened it up, now folks can bring their kids. It’s more of a family environment and we’re really just made it much more community driven.”