Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Lucey.
Jessica, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I first started yoga in college as a way to participate in a pre-med organization that focused on holistic healing. After that first class, I was hooked. Something about connecting with movement, breath, and what was happening in the moment allowed the stress and anxiety I was going through to melt away. After joining the military, I stopped practicing yoga just long enough to realize that it was something I needed to feel balanced and sane in that fast-paced, ever-changing environment. I started practicing again and got requests to teach. I didn’t have the confidence to start then, but those requests planted the seed: yoga is something that people are asking for, and I have the potential to help others find that relief that I encounter while on my mat.
Once I got out of the military, I moved to the Netherlands where I started practicing regularly at a yoga studio. I felt completely welcomed even though I didn’t know anyone there or even speak the language. The teachers and staff would switch from Dutch to English so I could understand. Students and teachers would gather in the tea lounge before and after class. I was invited into conversation, and questions were welcomed. I had never been to a studio that had fully so embraced that sense of community, and I wanted to bring that back to the states with me.
Fast forward four years later. I had become a yoga teacher, and I was presented with an opportunity. One of the studios I enjoyed practicing at was closing, and the space was available to rent. I jumped at the opportunity to finally make this yoga studio dream a reality and opened Sun Breath Yoga in November 2019. In the few months we have been open, I’m loving the interactions and community that’s being built within these walls.
Has it been a smooth road?
Is the road ever smooth? One of the struggles I’ve faced is the mindset work of knowing that who I am and what I do is valuable. When I was a new yoga teacher, I determined my worth based on the amount of students that showed up to class… which can be pretty devastating when you’re just starting out in any business. It took some mentoring and some self-work to learn that I wasn’t a worthless individual… I was just not that good at marketing.
My advice to other women starting out, regardless of age, is that while starting a business deals with a lot of physical things — like marketing, budgets, legal things, and taxes — the mental and emotional side of it is just as important. And while you might be able to push through some stuff in the beginning, limiting beliefs — like what you think you can and cannot do, and what you believe is available to you — will hold you back if you do not address them.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Sun Breath Yoga – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
We’re a yoga studio that focuses on connecting practice, life, and community. We don’t do the “work out yoga” here. It’s slower paced to give people the time to slow down from our fast-paced life and unplug from the busy. We also find a huge sense of connection out in nature and mix yoga with outdoor activities like Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP), hiking, and snowshoeing. We believe that yoga is more than just this thing that we do on the mat. It creates ripples into the rest of our lives. The lessons we learn during practice can be taken with us, and we show up more fully for ourselves and others.
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?
Women are naturally intuitive and caregivers. With the societal shift towards preventative medicine and wellness, I believe that women have unique abilities to excel in these fields. We are also really good at building community and thriving within one. I think the world is becoming more disconnected from each other as we become more connected to our phones. Because of this, the natural, human yearning for connection is growing, and women are poised to fill that void.
- 2 weeks for $20 (intro special)
- Unlimited classes/month $108
- 8 classes/month $79
- 4 classes/month $44
- 10 class pack $110
- 5 class pack $65
- Address: Sun Breath Yoga
1700 S College Ave, Unit B
Fort Collins, CO 80525
- Website: sunbreathyoga.com
- Phone: 970-682-4826
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunbreathyoga/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sunbreathyoga/
Photo cred to: Tom Lucey, Jessica Lucey, and Tyler Reed