Hey, Boss Babes! We're so pumped to introduce you to Jenny Miller & Katelyn Grady of The Body Electric Yoga Company in St. Pete. Jenny & Katelyn are partners in life & in business and they have so much wisdom to share about staring a business, maintaining work/life balance, & building community. Jenny is from Columbus, Ohio & Katelyn is from Oreland, Pennsylvania. They had to come a long way to meet one another in Orlando at a Yoga event in 2010. They're both passionate about the mind/body balance that Yoga brings to their lives, and they aspire continue their own personal practice & help bring balance & flexibility to the lives of Yoga-enthusiasts from around the world. Jenny & Katelyn want us to check in with our physical & emotional state as often as we can. Continuing to ask these questions will make us better when we're on & off the mat. I've enjoyed learning about their journey as business owners & know that you will, too. Enjoy their words & stay boss. xx
P.S. Come hang out with us at The Body Electric this Sunday, October 8! We're hosting a Yoga + Rosé Party from 2 to 4 p.m. that includes an hour of relaxing Yoga, a brunch spread, & a pop up wine bar. Tickets are available here.
Tell us about yourself and what you do!
Jenny: I teach yoga, and I help to create a space for personal growth, transformation, and community here in St. Pete. I'm also a mom and wife and sister and all that good stuff.
Katelyn: Hi! I'm a wife and a mom. Wife, Jenny, and I own a yoga studio together. We both teach. I love and believe in yoga. I love to climb things, paddle various water crafts and play outside in general.
How did Body Electric Yoga begin?
Jenny: I was an English major who'd ended up in tech and I was not keeping up in the industry. I knew my days were numbered and I needed a new career. I'd just moved from DC to St Pete to be near my sisters, and I had this job I was no longer good at, and then my girlfriend left me, and I was hella down. I started going to hot yoga classes with Mike Meehan at Yoga Energy Studio. It was the only healthy thing I did for myself back then. Mike suggested I take their Yoga Teacher Training, so I did it on a whim. It got me turned around. I found I liked teaching yoga, but I still wasn't very good at working for other people. I decided I wanted to open my own studio. Luckily I was introduced to Katelyn, because I couldn't have done it without her.
Katelyn: Jenny and I met at a yoga thing in Orlando. Brian Kest to be exact. We dug his class pretty well. She and I had mutual people. We started scheming to open up the place of our dreams and we did it. Along the way, we fell in love.
What’s 1 challenge you’ve faced and 1 success you’ve had since you’ve created your business?
J: Getting open was a struggle. We were impatient. It took a long time to raise the money we needed, and a long time to find the right spot. In retrospect, those couple of years were necessary. In that time we really built our community and brand and network, became better teachers, and refined our vision. We also saved money. But at the time, it was exasperating. We couldn't get a loan anywhere.
K: The hardest thing was getting open. Mostly getting some money to get open. Since then ... I'd say the hardest thing is not taking ourselves and everything too seriously. But that's with, like, everything, right?
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and has it come in handy for you?
J: That there's room enough for everyone and no one is your competition. I learned that from Tim Ganley.
K: I am kind of bullheaded and take all advice with a grain of salt always .... but somewhere along the way, somebody taught me to try and enjoy the ride. That's the best advice.
When are you at your happiest?
J: Relaxing with my family and friends, or right after I've done something that I'd been afraid to do.
K: Playing outside. With my son. On a boat. On a rock....
What do you tell yourself when things get difficult?
J: It's not as bad as I thought it would be. I'm kind of a catastrophic-thinker, I'm told.
K: I think I kind of black out. My focus narrows and I just dig in.
What are you grateful for?
J: Peace. Water. Art. All of the great people I know. My parents and sibs, and my wife and kid and the wonderful examples they are. Whenever I want to be a better, happier person, I don't have far to look for examples. I'm grateful that I was born when and where I was.
K: Oh my. Where to start. This life is so good. My family, whether connected by blood or circumstance or choice. Our amazing community. The food that nourishes me. The sun, the sky. Plants that grow through cracks in the pavement... every plant!... So much!
What’s 1 personal goal and 1 business goal you plan to accomplish this year?
J: I'm not goal-oriented. I want to be a more relaxed, less anxious human being. I want to raise up the people around me.
K: I don't really have any super specific goals. I want to delegate some responsibilities so that I can be a better wife and mother. I want to keep making the place beautiful and positively energized. I'd love to do even more fun events.
Where can you be found on a Tuesday afternoon?
J: After 4:00, I'm playing with Hank. Before that, either working or playing. I might take a class at the studio, or climb at Vertical Ventures, or ride my bike somewhere.
K: Maybe paddling in the gulf, at the climbing gym, at Lance's foam rolling class or just putzing around the studio. Tuesday afternoons are gloriously all mine. And then in the evening I teach :)
How about on a Friday evening?
J: I like to do nothing on Friday nights because I teach early on Saturday mornings, but it doesn't usually work out that way. Our social calendar is pretty full, which I love.
K: Stuff with family. Beach? Dinner and games? Just something together.
A Sunday morning?
J: I've got Hank Sunday mornings. Sometimes we go to the beach and wait for Mommy to paddle in.
K: Paddle practice with the CrossSup team.
Finish these sentences:
I love: this planet.
I’m always looking for: what's the opposite of a challenge? That.
My inspiration is: Katelyn. My mom and sisters. Hank.
I’ll never: say no to karaoke.
I love: This life.
I’m always looking for: a challenge.
My inspiration is: right now... being a hero to my son.
I’ll never: Win the lottery. You gotta play to win.