Tell us about you and your company.
Hi Wonderful Wenvians, my name is Katie (she/her) and I am the owner of an intentionally inclusive and accessible yoga studio called, The Peaceful Peacock. We are located in Orlando, Florida.
I am a wife, mother, creatrix, consultant, Elvis fan, cheese aficionado, animal rescuer, and lover of anything off the beaten path.
I left a successful digital marketing career in 2017 to fill a noticeable gap in yoga and wellness for our town. I wanted people to feel supported by knowing that they could walk in and know they would be ok, no matter their physique or fitness level and offer services at prices they can afford.
We offer yoga for all levels and several niche needs, 7 days a week, both virtual and in-studio. We host creative yoga events and employ a powerful team that is all fully-trauma informed to help students feel safe, here.
What inspired you to start your company?
I started doing yoga because I lost a bet and then found stillness on my mat, that day. I had been a student of yoga for several years and was always curious why our local spaces were missing diversity, folks that looked like me, and offer sessions at times I could attend and rates I could afford. When I realized what Orlando was lacking, I tried to get my yoga teachers to open a space. They wouldn't. I lost a friend too soon and got riled up to make a difference through this business. I wrote a business plan and became unstoppable. I still am unstoppable. Ask me about trying to sell breathing for a living during a pandemic!
What was the biggest challenge you faced as a small business owner?
Trying to do all the jobs. It’s daunting to be the leader, accountant, cleaner, plumber, electrician, marketing officer, boss, event manager, and owner. I am in my fifth year and just now trying to manage resources better.
What do you love about being a small business owner?
I help people feel better and find community. Anything is possible when your community is solid. Seeing people have internal transformations and external strength growth is wildly inspiring.
What else would you like our subscribers to know about you and your business?
If you are new to yoga or coming back to a practice, we have your back. We offer 30 days unlimited yoga for $40, for new folks. One class is $15 and we offer a sliding scale for our events. We would love to see you!
What is your definition of self care?
Actively choosing yourself and learning to listen to your body.
What do you do for self care?
Breathing. Connecting to my heartbeat. Celebrating that I am alive. Some days all I can get to is showering, brushing my teeth, hydrating, and making sure I rest. I also go to therapy! We should all be able to unload on an objective third party, judgement free. Working as an ally in our town also fills my cup.
How can people get to know more about what you’re doing and where can they find you?
Follow us online! Our instagram is the most popular channel- @peacefulpeacockorlando and we are also on facebook. Our website is www.peacefulpeacockorlando.com and our address is 1700 South Bumby Ave Orlando, FL 32806
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