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 Two of our 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.

July/August

Studio: Lyons Den Power Yoga

On the Cover: John Murray and Bethany Lyons

Lesson: Focus on what you do, and do it the best you can.

Bethany Lyons explained Lyons Den Power Yoga is consistently asked to offer different class styles or to hold a class that isn’t heated, but the business is Baptiste-centered, and that’s how they want it to stay.

“It’s like going to a French restaurant and being like, ‘Yeah, I just want a cheeseburger,’” said Lyons. “That’s not what they do at a French restaurant; you should go to a burger place. I get we aren’t the studio for everybody, but what we do is stay true to what we believe in and the community that comes in really wants to be doing what we are doing.”

September/October

Studio: Miami Life Center

On the Cover: Tim Feldmann and Kino MacGregor

Lesson: Never stop learning.

Tim Feldmann and Kino MacGregor founded Miami Life Center in 2006 following this deep desire to continue the education of yoga worldwide. The duo strives to create an education facility rather than just a yoga studio.

“We call ourselves a yoga school, not a yoga studio, because we offer yoga teachings on every level, from complete beginner to the most advanced,” said Feldmann. “I believe that is one of the reasons students from all over the world seek us out and travel to come study with us. We want people to learn as much as they can while they practice with us.”

November/December

Studio: Shakti Power Yoga

On the Cover: Lauren Farina and Kelly Carter

Lesson: Forge your own path.

Before making the transition to owners of their own studio, Carter and Farina were teachers at other studios in the area. But they noticed a lack of a welcoming Power yoga studio in the city. A friend of the pair posed the question, “Why not open your own space?”

“We thought there was no way we could open our own studio,” said Carter. “We had customer-relations experience, but not necessarily business-owning experience. But being trained under Baptiste methodology, we are trained to be ‘yes’ people. So, we decided to say ‘yes’ to opening a business, even though we didn’t know how it would work out.”