Total loan: $9,000


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Grand Rapids, MI, United States / Services

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Niki's story

I grew up with a movement background in dance. I always loved the freedom that came with moving your physical body. My family went through a horrible tragedy in 2005 which caused me to question a lot of what I thought I knew. I found yoga as a place to cope and heal mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. With all the inconsistency and unanswered questions, yoga was a place where I felt safe. I felt accepted. I knew this was something I wanted to do forever and if I could give the gift of what I had gained from yoga to others, I knew I would be fulfilled. I had a dream to create a safe space for all community members to enjoy the benefits of yoga, so I started to facilitate community classes throughout the city. Through this four year journey, an online community grew of people from all backgrounds. Together this community built more than just a yoga practice, but longstanding relationships. Thanks to the commitment of this community, my dream of opening a studio became a reality in the summer of 2019. During the course of the six months we’ve had a physical space, I have seen so many incredible relationships formed, people of all backgrounds, shapes, and sizes coming together in unity, and a unique culture that embodies community with opportunities to move in freedom together. I truly believe in what we are doing at heights yoga project and sincerely hope to continue to make positive impacts within this community. By gaining the financial resources to make rent during this closure period, this will allow us to build our online platform without the worry of finances. Thank you for your consideration. Namaste.