Founder: Alyssa Snow
Founded in: March 16, 2009
Based in: Washington Heights
Link to website: http://mindbodysoulyoga.com/
When Alyssa Snow opened MindBodySoul Yoga in 2009, her goal was to start a community. A neighborhood of people focused on bettering their bodies and their minds. Together.
She had been teaching yoga for 16 years and wanted to foster a feeling of mindfulness and meditation in Washington Heights.
At the time, she said, a close-knit community of yogis did not exist there.
And so, she opened a sweet space on 170th Street and Fort Washington, working long hours and even longer days for 11 years. She grew her company through classes, trainings, wellness workshops, and a positive spirit that she says is the magic sauce for all entrepreneurs.
Today, Alyssa manages a staff of 35 healers, teachers and staff.
“I feel very responsible for a lot of people,” she said.
Now, Alyssa is one of countless business owners in New York who has had to close her doors indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
She’s not sure when MindBodySoul will reopen, but she is dedicated to keeping her spirits high, and uplifting her community at the same time.
Her studio has started streaming online yoga classes, offered for anyone with a WiFi connection at $10 a class. She says it’s exactly what New Yorkers need to quiet their minds and lighten their energy.
“We have to help ourselves before we can fully help others. Taking an online yoga class helps you and it helps our business,” Alyssa said.
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And she has this message of hope during these uncertain times.
“Look around you. Focus on what is working. Not on what is not working. Focus on gratitude. Take this opportunity to reconnect with yourself and what’s really important to you. It’s a gorgeous opportunity to do that.”