Total loan: $6,000


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Phoenix, AZ, United States / Services

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Matthias's story

My partner Frankie and I are co-owners of Totem Yoga. I’m Jude, and I am originally from Kansas City.  From early childhood, I had a natural affinity towards creativity and art.  I remember my first set of crayola markers vividly, and thereafter my obsession with tools and art materials.  I moved to the sunnier climate of Phoenix in 1996, where I attended ASU, receiving a BFA in Sculpture.    After receiving my art degree, I began studying herbal medicine and yoga. I started to feel more in tune with myself, happier and healthier than I ever had been.  This is when I knew I wanted to help others experience this joy, while continuing to work on my art.  I'm Frankie, originally from Tucson. I've made Phoenix my home since 2003. During high school I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. As an athlete and young man, this diagnosis pushed me into a personal dark place. Over the years I have dealt with severe pain, depression, anxiety and fatigue. I've also worked in various fields, earned a degree in Respiratory Therapy, worked in Commercial Real Estate and even became a father of two children.  Three years ago I met my partner Jude, who introduced me to herbal medicine, as well as yoga. The combination has been a life saver. I went from using a cane to teaching classes 4-6 times a week. Sharing what I know and what has worked for me is an honor. My passion for personal health has led to a new career and life for me and my family.  Our yoga studio is a creative outlet that allows us to fulfill our artistic passion and provide safe space to our community.  Our mission is to promote inclusivity and acceptance, while introducing healing arts like medicinal plants and sound baths.