Hotpod Yoga Bucharest


Mirela Mardare

Mirela grew up in Bucharest and moved to London in 2005 to start her career in banking. It was there where she discovered yoga and immediately fell in love with the practice. She has always dreamed of taking on an entrepreneurial challenge, combining her financial skills with her hobbies, so when the Hotpod Yoga opportunity arose the decision was easy to make. She hopes the experience will help her pursue yoga in more depth and inspire others back home do the same.

Anca Strugariu

Anca has experience in finance and consulting and is based in London. She first discovered yoga during a detox holiday in Portugal and became totally hooked. The experience was totally transformative and she has since travelled to India to deepen her knowledge. In 2015 she completed her teacher training in the Sivananda Netala Ashram in the Himalayas. She was the driving force in bringing Hotpod Yoga to Bucharest and looks after the franchise strategic development.

The story so far

Translations: Romanian

Who is Hotpod Yoga Bucharest? … or what happened when old friends decided to follow their dream and start a business together

Anca and Mirela have been best friends for over 20 years. They met in secondary school, went on to high school together and shared all kinds of experiences growing up, from first boyfriends to university exams, new jobs and the birth of the group’s first child. It then seemed a natural step to start a business together.

Anca and Mirela live a typical hectic city life in London. That’s why, over time, they’ve experimented with various methods to de-stress and keep in shape: from running to box, aerobics, circuits, pilates, yoga retreats, meditation, detox, travel…you name it.

Anca found her favourite exercise in her local neighbourhood – Hotpod Yoga. It was love at first class: the cocoon-like inflatable heated pod together with the vinyasa flow sequence transported her a million miles from the world outside and made her forget the ever present blackberry. The idea of bringing Hotpod Yoga to Bucharest took shape after meeting its 2 co-founders, Nick and Max.

“We still have strong ties with our friends back home and we would love them to have access to the latest lifestyle trends. We live in an increasingly stressful world – that’s why we all need to work the body and calm the mind. We love Hotpod Yoga and would like to share this type of exercise with you” say Anca and Mirela.

We have a beautiful location right in the centre of Bucharest, the Universul Building loft, on 23 Brezoianu street, which gives fantastic panoramic views of the city, a real bird’s eye view that has you touching the sky.