The Sanctuary Yoga Room was created and founded by Rebecca Butler in 2014. It has been a wild ride. Her intention was to create a space of healing, warmth and joy for yogis of all shapes, sizes, ages and backgrounds. In her own practice, Rebecca enjoys a variety of levels — sometimes slow, sometimes intense, sometimes soft and feathery. And so in her yoga spaces, she has always wanted to offer variety with integrity, with depth, and with joy.
Rebecca started teaching yoga in 2008 and opened and managed studios before The Sanctuary was born. She’s written for wellness blogs like MindBodyGreen and Elephant Journal. She’s traveled and taught at yoga festivals and conferences in Telluride, Salt Lake City and Houston. She had a 12 year advertising and marketing career in Austin, TX prior to making yoga her livelihood. All of that experience was helpful in creating an experience at The Sanctuary that was unique. She’s also an avid student and voraciously consumed the teachings of many master yogis becoming an ERYT at the 500 hour level and creating her own yoga teacher training school. She was able to bring some of her teachers from New York, LA and Australia to Fort Worth via the studio —
Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman Yee, Ana Forrest, and Seane Corn.
In 2018, Rebecca expanded by absorbing and re-opening one of her former studio locations. Understandably, this was accompanied by a larger commitment to the sustainability of the studios.
After tragically and unexpectedly losing her father in 2019, Rebecca decided to streamline locations and simplify her life. She realized how little quality time she was able to spend with family in her efforts to keep both studios thriving.
And then, COVID 19 came along. Rebecca made the gut wrenching decision to close her Hulen location. She was keenly aware that this was a form of simplifying her life she had not expected. And she went with it. She created classes all year and posted them online. She took advantage of the forced sabbatical and spent more precious time with her children, her husband and her animals. She rebirthed her love of equestrian sports and started riding and schooling in eventing with her daughter at a nearby barn. Slowly, as vaccines started to roll out and businesses started to fully reopen, the demand for yoga like The Sanctuary offered came trickling in. Slowly at first…. And then like wildfire.
A former student offered Rebecca her dance space for privates. 1 private a week became 5; 1 student in a private became 6… And then, the opportunity to reopen a space presented itself.
And here we are. The Sanctuary reprise. The space we are blossoming within has already housed yoga studios here in Fort Worth. We are in reverence to those communities that have come before us. And we are eager to make this space our own.