Northville downtown yoga studio reopens under a new name

Alexis Sobeski went from attending a yoga studio to owning a yoga studio.

The Northville Township resident recently reopened the former Hot Yoga Detroit studio at 122 S. Center as iBalance, a new yoga studio that will also have a juice bar. She said that she previously practiced yoga in this space and always thought this place was the first. When it became empty, she said she jumped at the chance to reopen it.

“It was out of the blue. I was driving one day and saw the ‘for rent’ sign,” Sobeski said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I called my girlfriend who is my real estate agent. “

That call took place in January, Sobeski said, when she signed the lease. She spent months renovating the yoga studio, hallways and bathrooms.

The space has a new look with a more blue and white color scheme that Sobeski says reminds him of Pictured Rocks on the Upper Peninsula.

“I just love the natural, earthy tones,” she said. “It makes you feel like you’re in an organic space.”

She started offering classes in mid-June, averaging about six classes per day. Instructors teach hot yoga, barre, meditation, and stretching classes, among others. She also hopes to organize events.

Work continues on the front of the studio to build the juice bar, which Sobeski plans to open later this summer.

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She also owns iSauna, a wellness center that she opened at 17915 Haggerty in Northville Township a few years ago. While this company is doing well, Sobeski eventually hopes to unite all of its offerings under one roof.

“I hope to have my own building someday and have it all where you have fitness, nutrition and you have therapies that help preventative wellness. I would love to start a full health club someday. But right now I’m doing it at different places. “

You can find more information about iBalance, including finding course listings and how to download the center’s app for smartphones, at

Contact reporter David Veselenak at [email protected] or 734-678-6728. Follow him on twitter @davidveselenak.

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