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Meet Jaime Sense of Better Buzz Yoga in Sunnyside – Northwest

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaime Sense.

Jaime, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When we started thinking about opening a studio, we kept coming back to a couple of key concepts, namely – grace & grit -that we were on the lookout for in the larger yoga community.

There are so many great spaces and teachers in Denver (and around the country) and yet we found ourselves traveling far and wide to tap into those teachers and spaces that we felt truly elevated the practice and challenged us to be better people and global citizens – in each and every class.

It occurred to us that if we could create a space that brought those teachers into one place, and could also deliver a high quality, thoughtful, intentional and challenging class every single time, we might just be on to something special.

BBY’s teachers, students, and the neighborhood we live in are all integral to who we are and how we exist within the larger yoga community. Walking into a class at BBY, whether it is your first time or your 500th, should be a special, welcoming, challenging and completely unpretentious experience.

Our goal is to help you connect to the grit you already have inside of you and the grace that we believe we could all benefit from extending to ourselves and each other. We do this through the practice of intentional asana and work hard to help our students and community tap into a spirit of possibility.

You will find your power in our space. You will grow stronger in physical body, mental focus, and connection to your breath. You will develop deep and meaningful relationships with your fellow yogis, teachers and your practice. We are also committed to strengthening this community by actively working to make our space and yoga available to every. Single. Body.

We will also ask that challenge you to ask yourself how you think about the world and we hope to encourage you to step outside of your current belief systems and be willing to address your internal and implicit biases – about your own body, your own limitations and possibilities, and your role and responsibility in the world.

You will be challenged to engage physically, mentally and spiritually in every single class in some way. We will also encourage you to engage with your neighbors and the community around you.

As a team of teachers, we are a tight-knit group, committed to growing our practice and our studio community. Just like our yoga, we are a work in progress, a journey. Our experience as teachers, facilitators, guides, and as a studio is evolving. We believe in always learning, always growing and always challenging ourselves to keep exploring.

This means embracing the valleys and the peaks, it means we look at our biases, question the way things have always been done, examine our habits and struggles and that we are committed to becoming familiar with that space outside of our own comfort zone. We honor each other’s differences, style, and experiences because after all, isn’t that what makes life so special? In some ways, it becomes clear that our differences are truly the only thing that unites us.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Really none of it would be possible without my partner and husband, Brian. He is my counterpart in crime, my biggest cheerleader and literally my super-hero. He has been the foundation of BBY since we concepted the business just eight weeks before opening (yes, it happened that fast!).

In that same 8-weeks, he moonlighted as GC, foreman and construction crew and completely built out what is now our beautiful and intimate space. It is truly a labor or love on so many levels, including that we found out we were expecting our first kiddo on the same night as our grand opening! That definitely added dimension to our project!

One challenge, I recall was having to shut down just days after opening because of some brutal spring hailstorms that ripped our roof to shreds! I think we were just shy of a week old when water started pouring in the ceiling! Nothing that squeegeeing water off the roof every time it rained, some ujjai breathing and eventually a new roof couldn’t fix.

In all seriousness, it has been an incredible and incredibly rewarding journey. We have been so fortunate to be received into our neighborhood and community in such a supportive way and the team of teachers who make it all possible are truly the backbone of our offering.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Awareness.

I think it is incredibly important to be aware that we all have blind spots. Recognizing that we don’t all operate from the same vantage point can allow us to begin to shift the perspective about what it is that other individuals experience. Having a sense of what it is that drives people and an acknowledgment that their life/lived experiences may and are likely very different from mine, can be extremely helpful in cultivating relationships and building a sense of community.

When I have an opportunity to learn something new and then further, change my behavior based on what I’ve learned, it allows me to evaluate my bias, assess my beliefs and truly take the time to understand what motivates, challenges and inspires other people. I believe that individual evolution fuels change and that all begins with awareness.

Pricing:

  • We strive to provide accessible pricing and for that reason, offer $5 drop-ins for our community classes, regular pricing of $15/class and unlimited memberships for $85/month

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Meg O’Neill

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1 Comment

  1. C. Larry King

    April 9, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Wow Jaime! I hadn’t seen this before. You never cease to amazing me with your energy, intelligence, and drive. You and Brian are a perfect team for your business and career interests. Most of all though, you are loving parents to C.B.
    I Love You,
    Dad

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