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You’ve heard of hot yoga, but what about hot barre?

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Courtesy of Good Soul Yoga

“Ikea meets Urban Outfitter meets yoga” — that’s the way Patti Alvarez jokingly describes her Mooresville studio when someone asks. The former owner of several retail stores in New Jersey said it’s something about the vibe of both brands that inspired her when opening Good Soul Yoga.

“I love the simplicity of what Ikea does,” Alvarez told CharlotteFive. “I get inspired when I walk through the rooms. Then with Urban Outfitters, there’s this vibe of fashionable meets streamline, which I think is cool.”

Alvarez fell in love with Bikram yoga, a 26-pose series, while still in New Jersey and began teaching it. Once she and her family relocated to the Charlotte area four years ago, she stumbled upon the studio she now owns.

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The studio owner sold the business to her, and she began working to transform it into her dream. She officially opened the doors this past December, with a re-grand opening happening this past June.

“I have practiced yoga in four different languages all over the world, but this is truly the best studio I’ve ever seen. The previous owner really put a lot into this place.”

Today, the 6,000-square foot facility is home to some of the area’s hottest classes — literally. You’ll find a variety of offerings, including Inferno Hot Pilates, hot barre and HIIT, as well as Bikram, all offered in a 105 degree room with 45% humidity.

“It’s a really cool environment, and it’s worth a trip up 77,” Alvarez said.

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The entire studio is filled with the smell of eucalyptus and lavender, as Alvarez is big on scents. She also describes her lockers rooms as reminiscent of a spa, complete with lots of showers for men and women, cubbies, lockers, vanity areas, hair drying stations and toilets for your convenience. There’s a chiropractor and an esthetician on-site, too.

After a class, you can grab some kombucha on tap provided by UpDog or a healthy meal to-go from Nourish.

This fall, the studio will begin offering special classes for first responders and those with special needs. These particular offerings will be free, but those interested will need to check the website for times and sign up.

You can also catch a host of weekly workshops, including a self-defense training coming up on Aug.3.

Good Soul Yoga

236 Raceway Drive, Suite #1, Mooresville