Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Rose Stabley.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I found Yoga when I was 17 years old in Evergreen, CO. I loved all the benefits of the practice without it feeling like exercise. My high school principal let me take yoga instead of gym class!
I continued practicing through university in Seattle, Washington and then started my Yogic Studies journey at an Ashram in Australia. I ended up taking more than 3000 hours worth of Yogic Studies and teacher training! I could not get enough. I studied in Australia, New Zealand, India, and Los Angeles. I lived and taught yoga in Los Angeles full time for 10 years where I founded GOGI Yoga, a program for incarcerated individuals. I discovered a true passion for being of service. Another highlight was teaching at the Cancer Support Community in Santa Monica for 5 years. When I became pregnant with my 2nd child, our family decided to move back to Evergreen, CO. I was fortunate to find a home that was easy to convert into a commercial property and has become Sweet Side Yoga!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Getting to the point where I have opened up Sweet Side Yoga has not been a smooth road. I have had many struggles. In particular, my firstborn son has Mosiac Down Syndrome and Autism. Having to fight so hard continually for my son to get the services and therapies he needs has been exhausting. I have an autoimmune disease called Ulcerative Colitis. Stress will trigger outbreaks. My advice would be to make yourself a priority, figure out how to get enough rest to keep the nervous system balanced. For me, the practice Yoga Nidra is essential in keeping myself healthy. My other advice is to keep doing your practice, show up on your mat every day even if it is simply to sit, close your eyes and breathe.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Sweet Side Yoga – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
What sets up apart from other Yoga Studios is that we focus on being inclusive.
We offer family classes, yoga for kids, as well as pre/postnatal yoga. We are a supportive and loving community. We host blessing ways, baby showers, and birthday parties.
All ages and abilities are welcome. We embrace neurodiversity. We are a safe space for people to come do their best without any judgment.
We do offer Yoga for Fitness and have classes that have many benefits that strengthen and stretch the physical body. However, our focus is on deep relaxation, stress relief, healing, and meditation.
We are personalized! Classes are small. We will always learn your name and know what injuries you are working with. After class tea is given so there is time to be together in community.
Our location is ideal. We have beautiful views and are just a short trip from Denver.
Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well-positioned for?
During my time in Los Angeles, I founded a program for incarcerated women called GOGI Yoga. GOGI is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping to empower and educate prisoners. GOGI Yoga is an offshoot of this program. I spent several years working with women in jails and prisons across California. Working with these women was one of the most powerful experiences of my life because I met women that faced incredible challenges. So often, they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, driven by addiction and women without family and financial support. The women that took my classes were dedicated to their self-development. They were hungry to be seen and loved. One of the highlights of my teaching career was having women who had been in jail come take my classes when they were released. The GOGI Yoga book coming out in the next year and is a training manual for inmates to become Yoga teachers.
- Address: 29793 Ruby Ranch Road
- Website: sweetsideyoga.com
- Phone: 3039091384
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sweetsideyoga/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sweetsideyoga-482251342200141/?modal=admin_todo_tour
The photo of me in reverse warrior was taken by David Weinacht.