Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Alyssa Manny, Founder of Ohana Yoga + Barre, located in Denver, CO, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Ohana Yoga + Barre is a boutique studio in Northwest Denver serving our local community, as well as via live stream to the world beyond. Ohana is more than just movement. We are dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive space where folks can move, breathe and simply be. This family curates conscious connections so that we may live more empowered, more embodied lives in order to continue to learn, progress, and grow.
Tell us about yourself
In the beginning, there was yoga. And through the lens of yoga, everything else began to flow: movement, various fitness modalities, architecture + design. The day I graduated with my Master's in Architecture was the day I decided to create a space that would include these seemingly disparate and yet highly connected passions of mine. Ohana was born from a vision where living a life of your highest potential was honored and supported. Within our family, we move to clear the mind, we breathe to connect the mind to the body, and we cultivate community in order to share conscious connections. I am motivated to show up every single day to do what I do in complete service of a dream where we all may learn to ascend to our highest good.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment as a business owner has been learning the art of leadership. Leadership is born through conscious actions of example, and it's maintained by holding space in order for others to be seen, heard, and felt. I have the best team in the world, and it is because each unique individual is highly supported while working simultaneously to co-create our ultimate goals.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Being a business owner has tremendous peaks and valleys. There is nothing like creating a vision and then taking intentional steps to build, honor and watch it grow. One of the most challenging aspects of business ownership is vast and expansive accountability. If something isn't working, I am responsible. If I have the wrong personnel in place, I am responsible. If a client or team member is dissatisfied, I am responsible. There is no one else to hold the container for accountability beyond yourself, and it truly never ends.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
The top three tips I would give to anyone looking into entrepreneurship are:=
- Get funding in place to support yourself, your team, and your vision for a minimum of one year post-opening.
- Become crystal clear on your branding and messaging—the more simple, the better.
- Make sure your vision aligns with a specific service or product that supports a niche need in the market. Just because you have a great idea doesn't mean it will be profitable.
Where can people find you and your business?
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