It’s MondayMuse time. This week’s muse is none other than Lindsay Grabb, co-owner and co-founder of Up Yoga in South Minneapolis. Lindsay has created a vibrant, empowering community with Up Yoga, let’s learn a bit more about her.
When did you start yoga and what lead you to it?
My first Yoga class was prenatal yoga at Blooma in 2009. I first found Baptiste Power Yoga in 2011 and was drawn to the combination of strength and ease. It connected with the runner in me and also provided ease which I needed as a new mom with a full time job.
What inspired you to leave your corporate job and start Up Yoga?
In 2013 I left Target Corp and moved to Singapore with my husband for a few years. I loved the community where I taught at yogamovement in Singapore. When we returned home I was inspired to open Up Yoga because I felt something missing in the Minneapolis yoga community. There were amazing classes to take, but not the close family style community I’d felt at my trainings or in Singapore.
How did you go about building the amazing community that exists at Up Yoga?
Honestly, I welcome students like they are walking in to my home. That’s what Up Yoga is to me, and my teachers, and now to our students as well. It’s home. People want to be seen and feel accepted. Everything we do from cleaning the floors, to developing teacher training programs is about community.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell my younger self that she is loved and that she belongs. I would tell her she doesn’t have to try so hard, that she is everything and has everything she needs.
What is the most rewarding part of being a small business owner?
The most rewarding part of being a small business owner is creating something that makes a difference. It is rewarding to see an idea of mine become real and see it impact others. Also after a corporate job it is incredible the speed at which I can make things happen!
What's the toughest?
The toughest part is that my personal life is wrapped up in the studio. So when I make decisions for the business that others may not agree with, I often lose them from my entire life. It can be lonely at times.
Favorite Pose: Handstand and Savasana
I feel empowered when: I’m in forward motion on an idea
Introvert or extrovert: Introvert with moments of extrovert
Favorite Quote: We rise by lifting others
3 words to describe you: Strong, Resilient, Compassionate:
Thanks Lindsay! It was fun getting to know more about your journey. Check out Up Yoga if you’re in the Twin Cities. You won’t regret it.