Without your health, you have nothing. The founder of Hotel Yoga and Fitness, Alana Hurov, learned that lesson first hand when she suffered a concussion in 2009. The long time Celebrity TV producer was closing the blinds in her downtown Toronto condo when she was suddenly hit in the face with a valance (window covering). It crashed down on her, broke her nose and left her unable to work for 6 months.
Alana gained weight, became isolated, suffered from anxiety attacks and daily migraines. After many months, she finally had the courage and strength to do a yoga class again with one of her favourite teachers, Danny Paradise (Sting's Yoga teacher). The class was challenging. She struggled with dizzy spells and distorted vision, but managed to push through to the end. She ended up in tears on the mat, finally accepting that her mind and body had to re-build.
Alana returned to work as a TV producer , the newsroom that she once thrived in now left her feeling unfulfilled. This motivated her to look for other opportunities that would bring her more satisfaction.
As a journalist and a born entrepreneur, Alana sees the opportunity in every situation. She was having dinner with friends who frequently travel for work; they were complaining of lack of sleep, high blood pressure and even cancer scares. She left the dinner inspired to find out what health services were available to travelers and executives. She recognized a major opportunity and a need to change the landscape of the travel industry and the corporate world. Hotel Yoga and Fitness Inc. was born. Three years later, the company is now thriving. It is partnered with The Shangri-La Hotel Toronto, Vintage Hotels in Niagara on the Lake and The Ontario College of Teachers. HY Inc. produced it's first "Yoga for Men" DVD with World Series winner Joe Carter and former WWE star Trish Stratus. It was released in November 2012.. Alana is currently working with other top athletes to produce top selling fitness DVD's.
CEO/ Founder – Alana Hurov
Alana is one of the top celebrity producers in the country. As a visionary, she built and created the celebrity content on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and eventually became "The Exclusives Producer" for the entire CBC Network. Her hard work and determination ultimately led to the creation of one of the most successful television talk shows in Canadian history. As the Exclusives Producer for the entire CBC Network, she also secured interviews with Sir Paul McCartney and Neil Young for CBC Radio's "Q". Over the past 15 years, Alana has lived in 6 different cities and led top newsrooms across the country. She has held nearly every position: TV/ radio and print reporter, Radio talk show host, Writer for the six o’clock news, Assignment editor, Field producer, Talk show producer and much more. As a journalist for the past 15 years, with 9 years at CBC, Alana still actively writes, produces and manages Public Relations Campaigns for large companies.
With over 8 years of experience, Alana is also a professional Yoga and Pilates teacher. As a certified teacher, she has taught numerous celebrities, corporate clients and professional athletes. She has taught regular classes with Goodlife Fitness in downtown Toronto for nearly a decade. She has trained with some top teachers in: California, Hawaii, Toronto and Calgary. Her teachers include: Danny Paradise, Baron Baptiste, Nancy Gilgoff, Diane Bruni, Ron Reid, JP Tambyln and many more. She has gradated from several teacher trainings including: Trinity Yoga level 1 in Calgary and Downward Dog Level 2 in Mexico.. She is also certified Mat Pilates instructor with Balanced body University.