Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Shelley Kamlowsky, Founder of The Green Lotus Yoga Studio, located in Lebanon, OH, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We provide affordable yoga in a warm and welcoming space where beginners gain confidence while the more experienced deepen their practice.

Tell us about yourself

It took me a year to build up enough confidence to attend a yoga class at a studio. I was at a point in my life where I thought yoga would be beneficial, but after attending my first class, I quickly realized that yoga would literally save me. After building a strong practice, I was strongly encouraged by my husband, family, and the studio where I practiced to attend Yoga Teacher Training (YTT 200Hr). I had zero intention of teaching but signed up to deepen my practice. Again, I was strongly encouraged to teach a class; I agreed and knew instantly that this was what I should be doing. We moved to Lebanon almost 5 yrs ago, and there wasn't a studio within a half-hour drive, so it became apparent to me that Lebanon needed a yoga studio! I found a rental space downtown, rented it in February, and opened in May.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

The community the studio has created between our teachers and students literally gives me goosebumps! When I witness the connection that my students have and the relationships that have formed between them and myself, I know I have created exactly what I set out to do, providing a warm and welcoming space.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Unfortunately, there is more than one! Trying to please everyone was the first thing to come to mind. Also, I wear all the hats because we are a small business. I do most of the marketing and promoting, teach most classes to keep costs down, schedule, create playlists, clean, pay bills, write paychecks, answer emails, and more.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Feel 100% confident in what you are providing.
  2. Do what you're doing for the right reasons.
  3. Adapt and expect changes from your initial plan.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I want to let people know that if you can breathe, you can do yoga! It's never too late (or too early) to start! I hear and have the privilege of witnessing the mind, body, and breath benefits of yoga in our students' lives every day!

Where can people find you and your business?


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