In April of 2011, Kate Jenkins opened Bikram Yoga Birmingham. Later she changed the name to Kiva Hot Yoga to reflect her Native American heritage. The “Kiva” is a place in Pueblo Indian villages where tribes gather to learn, support each other and give back to the community. She wanted the yoga studio to embody the same principles where people would not only grow stronger physically, but also mentally, emotionally and even spiritually. So, as well as bringing in guests for continued education in nutrition, weight management and yoga workshops, Kate also opened the studio for small group Bible studies. She even placed a prayer box in the lobby, for people to place their requests.
A year after the studio opened Trina Smith attended her first class at Kiva after a recent back surgery. She had been a personal trainer and knew that yoga should help build strength physically. But as soon as she walked into Kiva she knew she had found a home. Kate’s goal of making the studio a place of community for healing and growth was evident. Not only was Trina’s back healed, but she found a place where she received love and support like nowhere else.
Since 2011 Kiva expanded their repertoire to include many styles of yoga from 26 &2, Baptiste, Barkan, Vinyasa Flow and Yin as well as Hot Pilates and HIIT classes.
In October 2022 Trina purchased Kiva Hot Yoga. Her main desire was to give the same love she received since her first class. Her goal is stated best in 1 Peter 4:8, “Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others.”
Trina added hammock chairs and sofas to encourage members to gather for Small Groups and also to just enjoy the space. She hopes to spread health and healing to everyone in the Greater Birmingham area and beyond. Trina invites you to come in, try a class and experience the one-of-a-kind community at Kiva Hot Yoga.