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Stretching her horizons

Stretching her horizonsLife’s twists and turns inspired a Tufts graduate to leave a career in publishing and open a successful yoga studio. Kansas City.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [06.10.03] Mindy Schultz has always been on the fast track towards success. After graduating Tufts with a degree in English, the Kansas City-native packed her bags for New York City, where she landed a job as an editor at Random House. To break up the intense workload involved in the publishing world, Schultz began attending yoga classes and discovered that taking occasional breaks from her fast-paced life greatly improved her mood.

So she decided to take a risk and stretch her horizons.

"If you had asked me in ninth grade what I would be doing, I never would've imagined myself becoming a yoga teacher and owning a small business studio," Schultz told the Kansas City Star.

But that's exactly what she's doing. After several years in publishing, the Tufts graduate gave up her job in New York, became certified as a yoga instructor, and moved back to her hometown - where she established her own yoga studio from the ground up.

Though running a yoga studio might initially appear to be much more relaxing than working in publishing, Schultz says that her new job may actually be more difficult.

"This is a gamble," Schultz told the Star. "This is a bigger risk than my living in New York."

Regardless, the Tufts graduate welcomed the challenge.

"This is the most challenging and rewarding experience I've had to date," she continued.

Schultz developed Well Being Yoga with help from fellow yoga enthusiast Sue Patterson. Now in its second official year of operation, the studio has quickly helped Schultz and Patterson reach their goal of introducing yoga across all demographics - including men, women, teens, and children.

"I thought, `Why don't I do this for a living? I love it so much,' " Patterson told the Star. "I wanted to create an environment where I could share yoga with other people."

Course offerings at Well Being Yoga range from basic Hatha Yoga classes to the more challenging Vinyasa and Ashtanga techniques. The center also offers a special series of yoga workshops for children ages 6-12.

Schultz's clients have embraced the wide variety of classes and the quality of instruction at Well Being Yoga.

"I've done all types of exercise, and this is by far the best," student Mike Klisares told the Star. Klisares, who attends classes at the studio two to three times a week, credits Schultz and Patterson's individualized attention and instruction as one of the major factors for his involvement in yoga.

"They've done a good job of getting to know people," he told the Star.

Well Being Yoga also has a special appeal to clients with previous experience with yoga.

Laurie Sutherland, another regular at the studio, had practiced yoga for two years prior to the opening of Well Being Yoga. Yet she prefers the classes at Well Being Yoga because of the caring instructors and comfortable atmosphere.

"I think it's a very caring environment... It's not just about the class," Sutherland told the Star. "I am much stronger both physically and mentally," she said.

Since opening Well Being Yoga, Schultz has enhanced her own yoga expertise by studying with renowned yogis - experts in the art of yoga - across the United States. The Tufts graduate has also become certified by the nationally recognized Yoga Alliance - an organization that registers yoga teachers based on their background, experience and training.

"Yoga teaches you not just body awareness, but body acceptance," Schultz told the Star. "It's very individual, but you get this group energy... You learn to take care of yourself, and then you can take care of others more fully."

Photos courtesy of the Kansas City Star.

 

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