Grace has been dancing for 25 years. For almost three decades, she has explored the importance of and benefited from having a strong connection between body and mind. When she realized that her Brooklyn neighborhood was missing a sacred space where people could go to de-stress and connect with their bodies, Grace also noted that the yoga world, in Brooklyn and across New York City, was not reflective of the city’s diverse population.
Eager to fill this void, Grace opened her yoga, dance, and pilates studio, “Move with Grace”, in January 2007. “I found that before I opened, the yoga world was very homogenous and it was hard to find a place that was welcoming and had the diversity that reflected the city I lived in. I became one of, if not the only, African-American owned yoga studios in the city. It was important for me that all people would feel welcome to practice and enjoy yoga.”
Since her business’s inception, Grace has added a small juice bar in the studio and also offers a small selection of products like yoga mats, skincare products, and water bottles. However, according to this inspiring entrepreneur, her greatest success has been the time she spent at the Lineage Project, a non-profit organization that teaches yoga to at-risk and incarcerated youth. Offered a position as a board member, Grace denied the position and instead offered to be an instructor, working with the at-risk youth face-to-face. “It’s the most important work I have ever done,” Grace says of the experience.
Now, this generous entrepreneur needs your help. With your contribution to her loan goal, Grace will pay for renovation costs that will allow her to expand her studio. The loan will also allow Grace to expand the selection at her juice bar and pay for marketing materials, signage, social media marketing, and new employees.
Help Grace expand her business today, and check out her fitness studio at www.movewithgrace.com.