My parents immigrated here from South Korea in 1979 when I was just 6 months old, and for most of my life they worked as small business owners. From a local hamburger joint to mini convenience grocery stores, I watched them work ALL hours of the day. From peeling the potatoes at 6 a.m. to cook french fries…to cleaning the toilets…believe me when I say, “they did EVERYTHING”. They were the epitome of hustling and working hard in order to make a life for our family in America.
The story that small business is relentless work for the less educated (or for those like my parents, who knew little English) was a deep rooted belief for me. My goal was to graduate college, get hired by a Fortune 500 company and wear a suit with high heels to work. That’s exactly what I did.
Fast forward twelve years to 2013, I’m in Indianapolis and I am opening the doors to my small business. I was scared and excited, but ready to do whatever it takes, just as my parents taught me.
The stats for small businesses are dismal. Only about half of small businesses survive and pass the five-year mark. Beyond that, only about one in three small businesses get to the 10-year mark and live to tell the tale.
In fact, today, there are more yoga studios closing versus opening.
What makes The Hot Room defy the odds of these statistics?
- We have curated the most effective hot yoga and hot pilates classes so you can experience massive physical and mental transformations quickly and jumpstart your most powerful life.
- We passionately believe that anyone can achieve a higher quality of life at our studios.
- We are surrounded by the most AMAZING community, who encourage and support us everyday.
During the past (almost) 6 years we have welcomed close to 17,000 individual students through our doors. Today, we employ more than 50 Hoosiers, and our community (aka #teamhotroom) continues to grow and inspire us everyday. In a short period of time, The Hot Room has risen to become a leader not only in the world of hot yoga and hot pilates, but also in the world of small business ownership.
Our journey continues with the acquisition of our first studio outside of Indiana – Fuel: Mind to Body in Glenview, IL.
Effective, August 30, 2019, The Hot Room North Shore will join The Hot Room family!
We are beyond excited to expand our presence to the Chicago North Shore area and grow #teamhotroom beyond greater Indianapolis. More information will be shared over the next few months.
Thank you for all your love and support. I am grateful each and every day for all of you who give us the opportunity to do what we love.
About Hye Jin
Born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Seattle, WA., Hye Jin started working for Eli Lilly and Company after college, which led her to Indianapolis! She and her husband, Ashish, discovered Bikram yoga in New York. Once it was time to move back, Hye Jin looked at the yoga scene and discovered original hot yoga was not offered in Indianapolis. That’s when she realized she needed to build the studio. In her spare time she loves spending time with her husband, Ash, and two girls, Maya and Annika, and their dog Cooper. When she’s not in The Hot Room, she’s outside hiking, traveling, and exploring new cities. Learn more about Hye Jin when you visit her bio.