We had the good fortune of connecting with John Espinosa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Yoga in general can be a powerful tool for the people that are willing to put the work in. Physically speaking, our society feels a lot of discomfort and tightness. I see it everyday. Tight neck and shoulders, bad lower back pain, tight hamstrings, etc. For most of us, we spend all day driving or at sitting at a desk. Humans aren’t designed for that. Asana (the physical practice of yoga) helps us to counter that. Yoga allows us to find our joint mobility, lengthen our tight muscles and strengthen our weaker muscles. Besides the physical benefits, yoga also offers a lot for our mind. When you are on the mat, you are learning to bring awareness to your body. That awareness helps to build a relationship with yourself. Where does your mind go when your quads are burning? What emotions come up when you are in a deep hip opener? What happens when you work through the grit? You expand, you grow and you learn about your mind. You take these lessons about yourself and you use them off of the mat to help you navigate through everyday life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I transitioned from yoga teacher to yoga studio owner, I feel that I had to pause my growth as a teacher. I did not enjoy that feeling because I really do see myself as a teacher first. Once I settled into my new role, I felt that I could loosen the grip on the reigns a bit and focus on growing as a teacher. Thanks to my supportive staff, I was able to have the time to continue my education as a yoga teacher. If I’m not learning, I become stagnant. Yoga is about growth and movement. Not just in our bodies, but in our everyday life. If I’m not constantly learning and growing, then I shouldn’t expect the same out of my students. I think there will always be a tricky balance between being a teacher and an owner, but I enjoy that challenge. Pema Chodron, a Buddhist teachers says that if we don’t leave our comfort zone, that zone begins to shrink. Those words have always stayed with me. Let us all move, grow and expand away from our comfort zones.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Longmont is a beautiful town with amazing people. We would spend a lot of time in Longmont on Main St. After practicing yoga, we might grab a bite to eat at Flavor of India or The Roost. After that, we could check out the guitars on the wall at Guitars Etc, the best music store in all of Colorado! The following day could be spent in Estes Park. And let’s not forget about hiking. Rocky Mountain National Park has the best trails! Longs Peak, anyone?
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am extremely grateful for our Longmont yoga community. They have been absolutely amazing in their support during the challenges of covid. Like many businesses, it has not been easy trying to survive during this pandemic. Our students have supported us with donations, phones calls, letters and lots and lots of love! They are what keeps the studio afloat. They are the source for motivation and inspiration. They are EVERYTHING.