Hot Yoga: John Budd helps pay for YMCA studio

Published 2:27 pm Tuesday, May 16, 2023

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The Robinhood Road Family YMCA dedicated its hot yoga studio to Davie resident John Budd for his passion and service in the practice of hatha and other forms of yoga.

zBudd is a dedicated member of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina (NWNC) whose passion for yoga has been instrumental in growing the YMCA’s yoga classes and group exercise offerings, said YMCA of NWNC CEO, Darryl Head.

Having studied yoga since 1985, he knew the benefits hatha yoga could provide his fellow Y members and recognized the need for a practice space. In 2012 he decided to create that space by donating the necessary funds to build it at the Robinhood Y.

Originally designed for hatha yoga, the Robinhood Y’s Hot Yoga Studio has expanded to offer multiple class types that serve approximately 50,000 participants annually.

“We are so thankful for John’s gift to the Y and the numerous lives we have been able to impact through our use of the studio,” Head said. “Dedicating the studio to him serves as a constant reminder of his passion for the Y, his community and yoga. It will continue to support our members and inspire them to reach their God-given potential.”

The Hot Yoga Studio is a testament to the YMCA’s commitment to building strong, healthy communities through fitness and wellness programs, he said. The Y offers a range of yoga classes for people of all ages and abilities, including Hot Flow, Restorative Yoga, Warm Hatha Yoga and more.