Being a business owner is never smooth sailing. There will be curve balls thrown your way you never would have expected when you first opened up shop. Having someone to turn to who has went through the same thing can be a lesson learned much easier than if you were to figure it out on your own.

In Part One of two of Mindful Studio’s 2018 Mindful Takeaways, Mindful Studio looks back on the cover stories of 2018, highlighting lessons the studio owners have learned on their way to success.

January/February

Studio: Kindness Yoga

On the Cover: Jack Cuneo and Ellen Kaye

Lesson: Treat others with kindness and watch the wave spread. 

Kindness Yoga in Denver, Colorado, works to make a movement out of the simple word “kindness.” The world is full of successful people as the dictionary has defined it, but Kindness Yoga is creating a new form of success — through the peacemakers, healers, storytellers and lovers of every kind.

“One of the coolest things about working for or practicing in a studio called Kindness is you are instantly held accountable to something much larger than yourself, and even much larger than a company,” said COO Jack Cuneo. “We make everything we do an opportunity to practice kindness. We don’t always get it right — who does? But we are wholeheartedly raising the flag of kindness, compassion, tolerance and diversity. And as we keep growing as a business, our ability to have an impact on our communities grows, too.”

March/April

Studio: YoYoYogi

On the Cover: Terri and Alex Cole

Lesson: Your life can be shaped in the most peculiar of places.

Terri and Alex Cole decided to quit their jobs in the corporate world, cash out their savings and hit the road with the goal of visiting 100 yoga studios in 100 days. They decided to blog about each of the stops on the way, and deemed the trip “The Summer of Love.” The 100 day trip turned into a 145 day life-altering journey. It ultimately led them to opening their own studio, YoYoYogi, in Portland, Oregon.

“We wanted a place where these people who move here without knowing anyone could come and connect,” said Vote. “YoYoYogi has always been this place where people can come and be who they are, without feeling as if they have to show up in a certain way. We often say we aren’t just a community for the good times; we are a community for all the times. Through the years we have shared weddings and babies, but we have also shared deaths and divorces — the ups and downs of life. We wanted to be as real and as authentic as possible, just like you would find in any family.

May/June

Studio: Honor Yoga

On the Cover: Maria Turco

Lesson: You need systems and processes to create a sense of balance in your business. 

Honor Yoga has developed a system to support yoga studio owners by providing them with the necessary tools, resources and guidance to optimize their personal mission. Essentially, Honor Yoga puts the firepower behind individual brands and teachers. They still allow owners to express their authenticity, but also give a family to turn to when the going gets tough.

“I want yogis who have worked very hard to acquire their credentials, who have grown as teachers and who are trying to build a studio to know we are here to support their passion with the things they might not have experience with — member services, social media expertise, website development, and the list goes on,” said Maria Turco, the CEO of Honor Yoga. “We have so much to share so an owner can continue to do what they do best, but reach more people.”