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Yoga for the Peaceful!


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YOGA FOR THE PEACEFUL is a green, grassroots community studio owned by Monica Mesa and Juliet Stillman. Our studio is dedicated to providing many different styles of yoga all types of people. We honor all spiritual traditions and are dedicated to unity in diversity, local global activism, and providing a warm atmosphere for personal growth and development. We offer talented and soulful teachers, inspirational workshops and retreats, as well as a boutique featuring retail made by local artists and companies that support earth friendly practices. We are proud to be a family-owned business and are dedicated to providing YOGA FOR EVERYONE!

 

 

Who is filling out this questionnaire?
Monica Mesa, Owner

In one or two sentences, how would you describe what your studio provides?
Our studio is dedicated to providing many different styles of yoga all types of people. We honor all spiritual traditions and are dedicated to unity in diversity, local global activism, and providing a warm atmosphere for personal growth and development.

Who is the owner/founder(s) of the studio and how/why did it get started?
Monica Mesa is the founder and owner. We had several yoga studios in Crested Butte in the past that were dedicated to only one style of Yoga. One by one they all shut down. My dream was to have a studio where many styles of yoga were included and people could come and get the kind of yoga they needed under one roof, and for the Yoga community to join in a collective way. It began on a true shoestring budget with a lot of support from the community, and has continued to grow exponentially. Juliet Stillman stepped in 3 years ago to become an investing partner and that is when we expanded to our current beautiful location in a historic building in the center of town.

How long has the studio been operating and was it a buyout from a previous studio?

What was in the studio space occupied by the studio before you?
The studio has been open over 5 years and it was not a buyout.
The space was empty when we moved in!

What are your mission, vision and specialties?
Our mission is to provide yoga for EVERYONE, and provide a space for people to heal, grow, and expand the consciousness, connection to self, and Spirit. Our specialty is our talented and soulful local and world renown guest teachers, inspirational workshops and retreats, a wonderful donation based meditation program, as well as a boutique featuring retail made by local artists and companies that support earth friendly practices. We also are a Shiva Rea affiliate studio, and have a 200 hour teacher training in her lineage, that is only one of a handful in the country where this prestigious teacher training certificate is available under master teacher trainer, Monica Mesa. We are also proud to be a family-owned business, and our philosophy is that no one will be turned away do to income. We offer trade and sliding scale pricing, so that anyone who wants to do yoga can take classes!

What is your most popular class/workshop and why?
Well, our most popular classes are with Monica Mesa, as she is one of Shiva Rea’s master teachers and has developed a following over many years of teaching in Crested Butte.

What is the best compliment you have received from a client?
“I can’t believe I found a world class yoga studio in a tiny mountain town!”

Do you offer Yoga Teacher Training Certifications at your studio? If so, please describe what you offer and when.
We offer a 200 hour RYT Shiva Rea Teacher Training program that meets one weekend a month for 9 months.

What do you think makes a good/great yoga teacher?
I believe a yoga teacher who LIVES the Yogi lifestyle, has their own personal practice, and has a sincere desire to bring the gift of yoga to the people utilizing their own unique signature and flare is the best teacher.

What do you think makes a great yoga studio (3 to 5 things)?
An owner/s who are living the Yoga lifestyle (not just doing it as a business)
A staff and teachers that also live Yoga lifestyle (see above)
A studio dedicated to a spiritual path and unity consciousness
A studio committed to community, local, and global activism and healing
A warm and inviting atmosphere

What do you feel is the greatest benefit people gain from yoga?
The healing and growth that arises from going inwards and honoring the body-mind-spirit connection.

What are the biggest challenges faced in owning/operating a yoga studio?
By far the challenges at least for me in a small resort town is making enough of an income to cover the year round expenses.

How did you hear about YTOC, and what would you tell other studio owners and/or yoga teachers about the organization?
I believe I first heard about YTOC at the Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park.
What I would tell others is that its important to become part of this organization to help grow and connect with the Yoga community in our own state.

Anything else you would like to add?
I would like to see if YTOC can become more active in helping promote yoga teachers, studios, and events in web, social marketing as well and the myriad of avenues available for marketing. This would make it more rewarding to be a part of it.

I am very grateful for the opportunity for my studio to be highlighted, thank you very much!

Our studio is dedicated to providing many different styles of yoga all types of people. We honor all spiritual traditions and are dedicated to unity in diversity, local global activism, and providing a warm atmosphere for personal growth and development.

 

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