CEDAR CITY — The Bristlecone Company opened to the community on June 1 to offer Cedar City’s only hot yoga studio, New York City bagels and help residents focus on connecting to themselves as well as the community.
Bristlecone is both a yoga studio, featuring several types of yoga classes, and a café that serves coffee, bagels and small entrees. Business partners Chelsee Robinson and Joann Stevens co-own and manage the company; Robinson manages the yoga studio and Stevens runs the café.
Robinson told Cedar City News Bristlecone’s slogan is “Coffee, Yoga, Connect” because “connection fosters everything,” and they hope to provide multiple ways to connect through the company.
“We decided to partner a café with a yoga studio – so it’s a fusion of two things – but they both foster connection,” Robinson said. “Whether it’s over a cup of coffee or you’re connected to your own body in a yoga class, you’re here to connect. When we’re connected with ourselves and others, that’s where creativity is born.”
Robinson specializes in trauma-informed yoga, and said connection also helps in other ways, especially in children.
“If they are truly connected to something, they are more likely to be successful and have less suicidal thoughts and less chances of addiction,” she said.
Robinson turned to yoga after teaching mathematics in school.
“I taught math and I really was more intuitive at teaching body awareness and self-regulation,” she said. “That wasn’t really a subject in school, so I kind of made it my own subject.”
She began with classes specialized for children who have been abused through the Children’s Justice Center, and Bristlecone soon grew from that program.
“I started partnering with the CJC, and we have classes for kids that have been abused,” Robinson said. “I had started teaching them and the program got so big that I needed my own space and this is just how it happened.”
Bristlecone’s yoga studio currently offers hot yoga, hot strength training, yoga and hot Pilates among other exercise classes, and Robinson intends to add trauma-informed and resilience yoga as well.
Robinson said she and Stevens are friends, and complement each other in the business with the goal of focusing on the community.
“I don’t think you can find a duo that are more opposite than Joann and I are, or more dedicated to the community,” she said. “We always come back together on what is best for the kids of Iron…