Co-owners Jessi Dobbins and Amber Wilson have created a dedicated yoga community a year after opening their doors. Below, they answer a few questions on how and why they started Gorham Yoga Company.

How did your studio come about? We found yoga when we had toddlers at home, and the practice became a lifeline for us. After completing our teacher training together, we began teaching out of any space we could find, even Amber’s living room. We always had the vision to open a studio together, and that was made possible last year. The vision for our studio was for people to come together in community for the purpose of coming home to themselves. We immediately knew we wanted a place accessible to everyone, no matter where they were on their yoga journey.

What is one of the most interesting features of the studio? Our studio is in one of the original buildings in Gorham, Maine. When first looking at the space, we walked in and saw the original tin ceilings were intact. All we could imagine was settling into savasana looking at those beautiful ceilings. We were sold.

What is one key to your studio’s success? The key to our success is building community. We try to make sure every student is seen and heard. We learn their names, hear about what is going on in their lives and truly care for them as people.

What is one piece of advice you could give to other studio owners? The one piece of advice we would give is to collaborate with other studio owners instead of seeing them as competition. We have noticed that the more we connect, the more we grow. We share teachers and even students. It’s special to be able to exist in the same industry without the need to be the top dog.