We had the good fortune of connecting with Sharon Cleere and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sharon, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Previously, I was a busy body working a corporate job and like so many of us, experiencing major burnout. I was living with years of bad mental habits and unhealed trauma. I was diagnosed with depression, ADHD, and PTSD. I sought relief from medication and therapy but was still silently suffering. I knew I needed to take a different approach to regain balance in my life. I left my job, home, relationships, and lifestyle in search of answers. As I traveled the world, I was relearning to navigate my inner world. Along the way, I found myself in an ashram in India where I became a certified yoga instructor and meditation guide. The world has a funny way of giving you exactly what you need when you are open to it. Within days of returning to the United States, as if the stars had aligned themselves, I met someone who was opening a meditation studio. I haven’t stopped teaching since. Today, I run my own mobile meditation studio and continue to travel in an airstream. I host classes all over the United States (when safe to do so) and online to people all over the world. This is more than a job, I am on a mission to help people heal negative mental habits, find relaxation, and re-discover themselves.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
You don’t have to know what a chakra is or be into crystals to meditate with me (though I too indulge in the “woo woo” from time to time I take it with a grain of salt). I love demystifying the ancient techniques of meditation and mindfulness by revealing how they work neurologically in the mind and physiologically in the body. My teachings are pragmatic, simple, and non-esoteric. You can come to my class if you have never meditated before. The people who practice with me come from all walks of life: corporate lawyers to motorcycle riders to retirees. Some of my students consider themselves spiritual, but some of them do not. However, there is one thing they all have in common, they want to slow down, be present, clear their minds, heal, and get to know themselves and life in a new light.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Usually, I would take people to the Market on Larimer, El Chapultepec, and The Mayu. I am so saddened to see they have closed this year. Day one: Explore Cap. Hill Coffee and breakfast at the corner beet. Then meet up with some friends in cheese man park. Then, a fancy dinner? French food at Potager. Day 2: Explore Pearl St. Maybe a yoga class in the morning at Karma Yoga Center. A nice short walk down on Pearl street would take us to Denver’s best Patio, Kaos Pizza for lunch. Tonight let’s dance to 80’s music and check out the nightlife over at Milk. Day 3: Explore Broadway Head to broadway for antique and vintage clothes (Gold Mine Vintage is a favorite of mine) shopping. Then for lunch either Thai Monkey or stop for a vegan corn dog at Sputnik. Then go across the street to look at records at Mutiny. And later that night maybe a local show at the hi-dive. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to credit a great deal of my personal transformation to the first time I read “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff. It was a huge “ah-ha” moment in my life and I cannot recommend it enough. It gave me permission to live my life in a whole new way. From a business perspective, I am so grateful for Kimberly Johnson of Faceted Media. She helps local entrepreneurs succeed. Sometimes it can feel like meditation and business don’t mix. Kim taught me how to approach business in a way that is mindful and sustainable. She is so incredibly compassionate and more than anything she shows me that she believes in what I do and that means everything.
Other: Member’s platform: https://www.patreon.com/SharonCleere