YogaSix, a national chain of yoga studios, will open its third Peninsula location in South San Francisco in under two months. I sat down with franchise owner, Adam Schroll and General Manager, Nicole De Rosa to learn more about YogaSix and what sets them apart from other studios.
YogaSix, a branch of Exponential Fitness which owns eight other brands such as Pure Barre, Club Pilates, and Rowhouse, focuses on providing a modern, full-sensory approach to yoga. YogaSix got its start in Orange County and is currently rapidly expanding across the U.S. and internationally with 15 locations slated to open in the Bay Area, 400 already committed nationally, and a goal of 900 nationwide in the next few years.
Adam and Nicole explained that YogaSix is unlike other yoga studios for a variety of reasons. First, the studio exudes modernity both in its design and use of technology. Classes engage the senses with changes in lighting and heating. The lighting will change at least three times per class in either brightness and/or hue to correspond with the pace of the class. In addition, ultra-purified water is offered for guests to enjoy and classes are finished with either orange or lavender scented towels depending on the class taken.
Adam explained that not only is YogaSix different in its design, its also different in its approach to instruction and accessibility. He mentioned that unlike other studios “we’ve taken out Sanskrit, incense, and chanting, as these can be some aspects of yoga that could be intimidating or foreign feeling.”
Both Adam and Nicole echoed the mission of YogaSix creating an environment in which all levels of skill are welcome and made to feel comfortable. I mentioned that many class-based exercise chains can feel competitive and intimidating, especially for newcomers or those that don’t exercise regularly. Nicole pointed out that YogaSix is “ the perfect studio for people with those concerns because we don’t have any levels besides our beginning class and we are super friendly and encouraging to beginners. Many of our founding members haven’t done yoga before.” In addition to a state-of-the-art facility, YogaSix aims to create a sense of community amongst its members so they feel connected with other members and supported in their fitness goals.
Instructors achieve this sense of inclusivity by starting in the simplest form of a pose and modifying up for those who want a challenge. In many other studios, poses are started at a higher level of difficulty and modified down for those that are struggling which can highlight the people that have a lesser degree of skill. In addition, YogaSix uses aids like blocks and straps to help people achieve poses in a way that’s comfortable for them. While most instructors have a 200 hour certification, YogaSix will employ at least two instructors with 500 hours of training.
YogaSix offers 6 types of classes so there’s something for everyone. Classes include: hot, sculpt and flow, power, restore, slow flow, and 101. Visit yogasix.com for a detailed description of each class.
When asked to explain why he opened a YogaSix, Adam mentioned that he always wanted to work in a field that aligned with his passion. With a career managing strategic partnerships at Walmart and then Brisbane-based company, Trove (formerly Yerdle Recommerce), Adam recognized he could make a bigger difference in the community by opening a studio. YogaSix offered him the ability to own his own business but with the support that a franchise has to offer. He recognized that South San Francisco lacks a similar type of facility and wanted to fulfill that need. When asked to pick his favorite class, Adam said his go-to is hot yoga because “it promotes flexibility.”
YogaSix is located right in our backyard at the Oyster Point Cove Complex. Parking is plentiful with an adjacent lot and the studio is even within walking distance from Brisbane if using the Bay Trail. YogaSix will offer 50 classes per week, each lasting an hour. Classes will begin around 5:45 or 6am and end with a 7pm or 8pm class. One can register for a class online or over the phone and reservations are recommended as classes cap at 40 people.
Right now YogaSix is offering a discount for founding members. Sign up before the studio opens and pay $147 per month for life. This will be the best deal ever offered. After their grand opening, prices will increase to $196 per month. Memberships allow for unlimited classes and are month-to-month. One can also use their membership at any YogaSix location. If a pay-per-class model is of interest, YogaSix offers a $40 drop-in rate. However, by participating in one class per week, the monthly membership pays for itself. The studio is also offering a referral promotion. For those that refer a friend that signs up for a membership, both members will receive a $50 retail credit. YogaSix’s retail department offers products from brands such as Lululemon and Alo Yoga with everything from clothing to towels to mats.
Visit YogaSix at 101 Oyster Point Blvd, Suite 103 in South San Francisco. The YogaSix team can be reached via phone at 650-534-2692. Stay up to date by liking them on Facebook: @yogasixoysterpoint or follow them on Instagram: @yogasix_oysterpoint. Sign up for updates by registering on their website: yogasix.com/oyster-point