Breath, Stretch, Grow: The Happy Dog Yoga Journey

A Tale of Flexibility, Strength, and Success

by Cliff Duvernois

Happy Dog Yoga Studios with Emilee Hartwig

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Emilee Hartwig, the owner of Happy Dog Yoga Studios shares her unexpected journey from aspiring yoga teacher to yoga studio owner, including how she stumbled upon yoga as a new mother seeking physical and mental wellness.

Emilee outlines the evolution of Happy Dog Yoga Studios from its inception in Port Huron in 2015, and its expansion to St. Clair, offering a range of services including yoga classes, Reiki, and massage.

The interview delves into the challenges and surprises of running a yoga business, the importance of modifying yoga poses for each individual, and the fundamental role of intentional breathing in yoga practice. Emilee’s story illustrates a personal and professional transformation, underscored by a commitment to bringing yoga’s physical, mental, and spiritual benefits to the community.


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Embracing Yoga: A Journey to Wellness with Emilee Hartwig of Happy Dog Yoga Studios

In the landscape of Port Huron, Michigan, lies a remarkable story of transformation, self-discovery, and wellness through the ancient practice of yoga. This narrative centers around Emilee Hartwig, the radiant soul behind Happy Dog Yoga Studios, and unfolds through a heart-to-heart with Cliff DuVernois on the podcast “Total Michigan.”

A Leap of Faith

Emilee’s journey into the world of yoga wasn’t planned. With a background in early childhood education and a period of uncertainty in her career as a school teacher, Emilee stumbled upon yoga in a quest to find physical and mental balance after the birth of her second daughter. The local chiropractor’s office hosted her first yoga class, an experience that would profoundly shape her life’s trajectory. It wasn’t just the poses or the physical aspects of yoga that captivated her; it was the rare gift of uninterrupted self-time that truly resonated with her soul.

The Birth of Happy Dog Yoga Studios

The transition from a yoga enthusiast to an instructor and eventually to the owner of Happy Dog Yoga Studios encapsulates Emilee’s indomitable spirit. The studios, which began in Port Huron before expanding to St. Clair, symbolize a commitment to fostering a community centered around fitness, mental, and spiritual health through yoga. Offering around 30 classes a week, including live-streamed virtual sessions, and other wellness services like Reiki and massage, Happy Dog Yoga Studios has become a beacon of holistic health in the Michigan area.

A Touch of Serendipity

Emilee’s foray into the business side of yoga was as serendipitous as her introduction to the practice itself. Learning about the prospective sale of the studios from Rhonda, the previous owner, Emilee saw an opportunity to deepen her commitment to the yoga community she had grown to cherish. With no formal business training but a heart full of passion, she navigated the complexities of acquiring the studios in a testament to her resilience and dedication to her craft.

Beyond the Mat: The Essence of Yoga

For Emilee, yoga transcends physical limits; it’s an exploration of the self and a gateway to inner peace. Emphasizing the importance of breathing and intentional movement, she advocates for a yoga practice that is inclusive and adaptable to every individual’s needs. Through Happy Dog Yoga Studios, Emilee and her team of instructors strive to demystify yoga, making it accessible and enjoyable for all, regardless of age or flexibility.

In addressing the allure of yoga, Emilee highlights the profound impact of mastering the art of breathing. The simplicity of intentional breath can transform the mundane into the extraordinary, offering a sense of calm and clarity amidst the chaos of daily life. It’s this foundational element of yoga that imbues practitioners with a sense of rejuvenation and peace.

Joining the Pack

For those intrigued by the transformative power of yoga and Emilee’s journey, Happy Dog Yoga Studios extends a warm invitation to explore their wellness offerings. Through a blend of traditional practices and contemporary wellness techniques, Emilee and her team are dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to health and happiness.

Discovery Awaits

Yoga, at its core, is a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. Emilee Hartwig’s story is a testament to the transformative power of this ancient practice. As Happy Dog Yoga Studios continues to thrive and expand its horizons, it remains a sanctuary for those seeking solace, strength, and community in their wellness journey. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a curious newcomer, the doors of Happy Dog Yoga Studios are open, inviting you to embark on a journey of discovery, one breath at a time.

For more information on classes, schedules, and the myriad of wellness services offered, visit Happy Dog Yoga Studios or reach out via Join us, and let the journey begin.