You weren't imagining things that time you saw the ticker symbol YOGA scroll across the TV screen during a NASDAQ update you happened to catch while waiting in your financial planner's office. It's the symbol for YogaWorks, a publicly-traded studio first established in Santa Monica in 1989. In the decades since, the California company has expanded to five states; today, it owns 62 studios across the country, from Boston to Baltimore.
This week, YogaWorks entered the Texas market for the first time with its acquisition of YogaOne. The Houston-based chain of studios was founded nearly a decade ago when Albina and Roger Rippy opened their first location, a one-room Midtown space, in 2008. "Albina and I started YogaOne with a vision of changing the world one breath at a time," Roger said, "and over the last nine years our incredibly vibrant, supportive community has been doing just that."
In addition to co-founding the popular Texas Yoga Conference, the Rippys expanded their reach to cover nearly all of Houston, opening studios in Uptown, the Heights, Bellaire, Pearland, Kingwood and The Woodlands. All seven YogaOne locations will be transitioned into YogaWorks studios in the coming months as teachers and staff are retrained and the spaces rebranded.
"YogaOne’s mission to help people live happy, healthy, inspired lives is perfectly aligned with our core beliefs and we are thrilled to add this community of amazing studios to our family, as we branch into a new region," said YogaWorks CEO Rosanna McCollough in a press release. "We are beyond excited to welcome Albina, Roger and the YogaOne community to our YogaWorks family and are grateful that their seven studios were not only spared damage from the recent hurricane, but have been able to serve the Houston community as practitioners returned to their yoga routines to find comfort and balance immediately following the event."
The Rippys will be joining the regional management team at YogaWorks, with plans to help oversee the Houston studios and YogaWorks’ continued expansion in the area. Current YogaOne students, meanwhile, will receive a month of free access to MyYogaWorks.com, which hosts an online video library with more than 1,000 yoga and meditation videos.
"YogaWorks shares our mission of bringing authentic and diverse programming to students of all levels in welcoming environments and has been doing so for 30 years," said Roger Rippy. "Joining forces with this amazing organization will allow us to empower more people on their path for personal growth and positive change both on and off the mat."