We had the good fortune of connecting with Lynne Officer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lynne, what do you attribute your success to?
The people who make up the Hoppy Yoga community, including our craft brewery partners, our yoga teachers and our participants, are what make the business a success. I have so much gratitude for the craft breweries who allow us to transform their tasting room space into a yoga studio for 75 minutes. You’ll never believe how many people over the years have been willing to give yoga a try just because it was in a brewery rather than a standard yoga studio. Our yoga teachers are some of the best out there. They easily adapt to the various experience levels of our students. It might be one person’s first time on a yoga mat while another person has been practicing for years. Our teachers want everyone to walk away feeling like winners. Our participants are what make this business fun. They all come to class for their own unique reasons and inadvertently become part of something bigger. We want everyone to feel welcome in our community, and we won’t judge anyone if the only reason they showed up is for the delicious craft beer at the end.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Hoppy Yoga was born out of a passion for yoga and for socializing. My friend and former business partner Mia DeGroot came up with idea when attending a private party at Mission Brewery. She invited me on board to lead some of the classes and a few months later we decided to turn it into a business. Neither of us had owned or run a business before. We were lucky to have some friends with experience who offered to lend a hand setting up some of the formalities. This was a huge help.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My number one go to spot when someone is visiting is Panama 66. It’s a spectacular place to eat, visit and be with the history of Balboa Park. It’s a bonus when there is live music. More recently, I have started to take visitors to Tobey’s 19th Hole for breakfast. There is rarely a wait, it’s not expensive, and the view is unbelievable. If active friends come into town, I take them for an urban hike in Bankers Hill so they can see the walking bridges. The Little Italy Farmer’s Market tends to make the list too.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
1) Mia (Sabatino) Degroot: she had the audacity back in 2013 to propose that doing yoga in a brewery made perfect sense. Thank you for inviting me in as your partner. 2) Katie (Polin) Littlepage and Nam Chanterrwyn: these amazing 500 hour yoga teachers showed up Sunday after Sunday to lead the core Hoppy Yoga crew at Culture Brewing Ocean Beach. Thank you for handling all sorts of situations with calmness and confidence. 3) San Diego craft breweries: there are so many breweries who welcomed us in over the years and allowed us to do our thing in their space. Big thanks to Culture Brewing, Green Flash Brewing Co., Bay City Brewing, Second Chance Beer Co., and our home base Mission Brewery. 4) Kristina Koltai: she has contributed to our marketing and communications since the early days. Thank you for never making me learn how to use Mail Chimp.