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Published January 14, 2014, 03:37 PM

Her Voice: Fargo woman opens new yoga studio

FARGO – Kristen Burbank loves it when someone comes into her yoga class hesitant and uncertain and leaves feeling energized and uplifted.

By: Tracy Frank, INFORUM

Her Voice is a weekly article about women in or from our area and how they make an impact on the world around them. If you know someone SheSays should feature in HerVoice, email Tracy Frank at tfrank@forumcomm.com.

FARGO – Kristen Burbank loves it when someone comes into her yoga class hesitant and uncertain and leaves feeling energized and uplifted.

“It’s a really rewarding thing to be part of,” the yoga instructor said.

Burbank recently left her Minneapolis home and well-paying corporate job to open a yoga studio in Fargo.

The 32-year-old grew up in Fargo and went to the University of North Dakota for college. She and her husband, who works as a pilot, always planned on returning to Fargo someday. They made that move in May and six months later, Burbank opened Mojo Fit Studios at 2119 13th Ave. S.

Burbank started practicing yoga in 2007 after a foot injury forced her to take a break from the high-intensity fitness activities, like spinning, she liked to do.

Even though she’d been active before, with yoga, she says she started losing weight when she’d hoped just to be able to maintain her weight until she could get back into her high-intensity fitness routines.

She loved it so much, she decided to try teaching.

“When I started teaching, I just loved it,” she said.

Yoga has built her confidence, and Burbank says she’s seen it not only change her students’ bodies, but build their confidence as well.

“It’s a really rewarding thing to be a part of,” she said. “What you get back from it is so awesome.”

Mojo Fit offers a variety of classes for beginners through experienced practitioners. There are heated classes to help increase flexibility and burn more calories; sculpting classes that merge cardio, free weights and toning exercises into yoga postures; Pilates classes and yoga therapy, which uses yoga to help alleviate pain; and even classes geared toward baby boomers, kids, and pregnant women.

“Prenatal yoga is my passion,” Burbank said. “Too often moms don’t move in pregnancy and think they have to quit doing workouts.”

Prenatal yoga classes use movements that are safe for pregnant women and focus on breathing, hip openers and healthy pregnancy. Burbank says the classes help with labor (she actually went into labor with her now 14-month-old daughter in a yoga class.) And they create a place where moms can connect as a community.

They also give pregnant women a chance to stop and connect with their baby and their bodies, Burbank said.

She has gotten a lot of good feedback on the studio so far and offers free trial classes. Class rates are $17 for a drop-in class, $70 for a five-class package, $120 for 10 classes, $105 for unlimited classes for one month and $89 a month for unlimited classes with monthly direct deposit payments. Schedules are available at mojofitstudios.com.

Mojo Fit also offers private, small-group, and corporate classes and rents out space for kids’ yoga parties.

Mojo Fit’s current location is temporary. The business has signed a letter of intent with Prairie Stone Center, a 60,000-square-foot space on the corner of 45th Street Southwest and 17th Avenue South where an upscale retail center is being built. Burbank hopes to be in the new location this fall, she said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526