WHAT TYPE OF BUSINESS ARE YOU?  

We are a boutique Yoga & Fitness Studio that offers state of the art FAR Infrared technology that raises the body’s core temperature in a natural, comfortable way. 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? 

We are a franchise with 45+ studios throughout Canada.  We offer a variety of classes including traditional yoga, fitness and fusion classes of yoga combined with fitness. We also have certification programs for teachers including a 200 hr. and 300 hr. yoga teacher training program and continued education. Trainings are offered online and in person. Lastly, we offer an On Demand platform that has many styles of classes and meditations.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE INDUSTRY?

Oxygen Yoga & Fitness has been in operation for 9 years and was started in Vancouver, BC by our CEO Jennifer Hamilton.  Christina Raskin, our National Training Director has been in the industry for 19 years.  Christina also owns 2 Oxygen Studios and has been a studio owner for 5 years.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE FITNESS INDUSTRY?

I love to move! It makes me feel good and I want to share that with others.  Being of service to the community, to help others find more joy and contentment, really lights me up!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE AS A BUSINESS OWNER/OPERATOR AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

I would have to say COVID-19 has been the biggest challenge!  During this time, I had to transfer the teacher training program online and close both studios temporarily.  Yoga philosophy has gotten me through this challenge, which teaches us that nothing is permanent.  Also, by sitting with your emotions and being fully present you can tap into a deeper reserve of strength and endurance.  Accepting what is and controlling what you can, like thoughts, has gotten me through many challenges in life.

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WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR BUYERS ACHIEVE WITHIN YOUR PRODUCT/SERVICE?

Our hope is that everyone in our community can achieve a deeper sense of self-love and health through connection to the community and themselves. From our owners to our teachers to our members, we wish this for everyone. We want to continue to support each other on our journeys.

TELL US YOUR GREATEST MEMORY/HIGHLIGHT IN YOUR CAREER?

My greatest highlight continues to be watching members take the yoga teacher training program and becoming teachers.  I love watching them learn and grow into themselves.  As they blossom into beautiful teachers they go on to serve the community. It is awe inspiring to watch and I am honoured to be a small part of their journey. 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU ATTENDED CANFITPRO EVENTS?

We have been attending canfitpro events for two years and I love them!

WHAT IS THE PERCENTAGE OF CANADIAN BUSINESS YOU CURRENTLY HAVE?

All of our current locations are in Canada.

HOW DO YOU PLAN TO GROW YOUR CANADIAN BUSINESS IN THE NEXT 12-24 MONTHS?

For the franchise, we are looking to continue to open new locations across North America.  The teacher training program is continuing to expand to offer in-person trainings in Toronto and Costa Rica.  In addition, we just announced our 300 hr. Yoga Teacher Training program! That will continue to grow and expand, offering trainings in India and Bali within the next few years.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christina, a born and raised Californian, while living in Hollywood was told by an astrologer at the age of 26 that her Dharma (life purpose) would be best served living in Vancouver, BC.  Fast forward years later, Christina now owns both Oxygen Yoga & Fitness Studios in North Vancouver and Kitsilano.  She is based out of Vancouver and the head of the O2 Yoga Teacher Training program and, National Training Director at Oxygen.