Lynn Roberts first discovered yoga in 1999 and became hooked right away. In 2004, she completed her hatha yoga teacher training at Prana Yoga College in Vancouver and founded Innergy Corporate Yoga, an on-site provider of yoga classes to businesses and organizations in Canada. Innergy was originally known as Pure Yoga and began as a mobile yoga studio. Roberts, who earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of King’s College, had no formal business background, but her passion for yoga prompted her to start her business. According to her, “I was already in love with yoga and convinced about its health benefits. Even when I was training, I knew that if I tried this out, it would be a hit.”
And she was right. Starting with just one teacher, Innergy quickly grew to more than 30. By 2011, the Vancouver-based company had served more than 2,000 clients. In addition, Innergy was a finalist for “Best Company in British Columbia” in Small Business BC’s Successful You Awards.
“When we get feedback from clients on how yoga has changed them for the better, it’s great. We’re helping to make a difference in people’s lives – a lot of our clients have never tried yoga,” says Roberts.
By bringing yoga to the workplace, Innergy helps busy and stressed out employees increase energy, improve focus, reduce stress, gain strength and flexibility, and ultimately achieve optimal health. As a result, businesses experience enhanced productivity, decreased staff turnover, lowered health care costs, and more. Innergy’s clients range from health food companies to production facilities to software businesses.
For Roberts, the best things about being an entrepreneur is having creative control over her business and having the freedom to work on her own schedule. This year, she launched the Innergy Yoga Teacher program in Canada and the US to help other yoga teachers build their own business as well.