Laura Rubin was a yoga instructor in Washington, D.C., in 2006 when she met fellow yoga enthusiast, building contractor and Scranton native Chad Clark, who had an unusual niche – designing and building “hot yoga” studios around the nation. A certified hot yoga teacher himself, he took Ms. Rubin’s class and they became friends.
The Scranton market was wide open for yoga, he told her, and they became partners, moving into a space on Moosic Street that had been a pizza producer. The pizza ovens are gone, sort of. Steamtown Hot Yoga, the studio becomes the oven of sorts, heating to 104 degrees, loosening the muscles, aiding blood flow and creating a good sweat.