We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Balsiger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
A lot of small businesses have been impacted by COVID, especially yoga and fitness studios. People in the community have lost many of their favorite places and are looking for somewhere they can still practice. I wanted to help by offering yoga classes to the community. With my yoga business, Moonlight Yoga Denver, I rent space for my classes which reduces the costs of maintaining my own studio and also helps the small business yoga studios I rent from. In order to make my classes accessible to all, they are donation-based.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The most difficult part of starting on your own journey is gaining the confidence to do so. I had an idea, planned it out, and created my website. The hard part was putting it out there – to share your idea with the world can feel vulnerable. But we’ll always wonder what could have been until we get started. Now, I’m excited to have my own avenue for sharing these yoga practices with the community. Moonlight Yoga Denver focuses on slower/lunar yoga styles like Yin yoga and Pranayama in hopes of creating a space for people to slow down, process, and overcome. These slower, restorative yoga practices have helped me the most in my journey but can often be the ones that are most difficult to find. I’m excited to offer them to Denver, and to make my classes accessible to everyone, they’re all donation-based.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Denver is full of so many gems. As a vegan, we’d definitely go to Somebody People and Bang Up to the Elephant for some good food. We’d spend a day hiking – Chief Mountain is a great trail that’s not too far from Denver. To unwind, we may have a beer at Coal Mine Ave Brewing in Littleton or take the dogs to Chatfield so they can run around. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to thank my partner for his endless encouragement in my endeavors, the people at my prior yoga studio, Atherial Fitness, for giving me space to grow my teaching skills, and all of the lovely people who have supported my new business and attended my classes.