We had the good fortune of connecting with Urszula Bunting and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Urszula, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am fortunate to surround myself with people who inspire me every day in my personal and professional life. My yoga, health, and wellness business is based on my passion and true desires, which helps me connect with like-minded, positive, and inspiring personalities. As a yoga teacher and health and wellness coach, I often meet people who face health and life challenges. I feel inspired by their resilience, determination, and passion for life. I love people who choose to be in charge of their health and wellbeing. They motivate me to do the same and find ways to support them through my business and how I live my life. I want to do what I preach and show that anything is possible, and the challenges we face in our lives have meaning. I find this idea very helpful during the Covid-19 pandemic. We find hope and inspiration in simple pleasures, people we love, and things we can do to uplift our physical, mental, and emotional health.
What should our readers know about your business?
My business is based on my passion for health and wellbeing. Earlier in life, I was a professional dancer, so choosing yoga was an easy pick. Yoga felt good in my body, and as I continued to practice, I started noticing shifts in my state of mind. I wanted to become the best version of myself, and I knew yoga was the door to the brave new world. I chose to take my yoga practice to the next level and teach people what I’d discovered. I wanted to contribute to a better world by inspiring people to take good care of their bodies, find peace and mindfulness in their lives, and become responsible community members. The intention was easy figure out because it came from my heart and belief system, but developing the business was a bit of a struggle. I looked for help and support through various business organizations such as Self Leadership Global and Small Business Development Center and successful entrepreneurs. I learned that everything takes time and patience. It also takes a ton of work and commitment. But if we love what we do and believe in what we offer, each challenge feels like a new adventure. This philosophy can help us separate from the competition and become successful in our business endeavors. I teach my classes based on my belief that yoga is more than a form of exercise. Yoga is a healthy lifestyle; we can begin at any age and any condition and practice for the rest of our lives. My classes are healing, therapeutic, calming, and rejuvenating. I create a safe, friendly, and non-competitive environment where everyone can thrive. I invite people to “be” rather than “do” yoga and to let the benefits of practicing yoga come on their terms, at the right time and circumstances.
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.
Denver is one of the coolest cities in the United States! It is clean, friendly, well organized, and fun to explore. I usually take friends that visit Colorado to the Sixteenth Street Mall. With only pedestrian and free shuttle traffic, we can walk safely for about a mile starting at the Civic Center and ending at the historic Union Station. There is plenty to see and explore along the way: local shops and department stores, street performers, horse carriages, many cafes and restaurants, and during winter ice skating rink and Christmas German Market. For breakfast or quick lunch, I like Corner Bakery Cafe, and for dinner, I usually recommend The Kitchen. This restaurant offers many farm-to-table menu options with local and seasonal ingredients, a friendly atmosphere, and a convenient location. Union Station is a great place to end the sixteenth street mall journey. This train station is one of the cutest you can find anywhere around the world. It is a fully operating transportation facility, but also a place to grab a cup of coffee, a cocktail from the bar, shop for gifts in the authentic boutique, search for books in the local bookstore, or sit, relax, watch other people having fun, or trains going by. At the end of the day, it is easy to take the train or a bus to other parts of the city or the airport or stay overnight in the historic Crawford hotel right at the Union Station.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am very grateful for many people and organizations that helped me get to where I am right now. I started my journey as a yoga teacher 10 years ago in Fairbanks, Alaska, where I lived at that time. I couldn’t ask for a better support and learning environment. I am grateful for having the opportunity to teach at the local studio, the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, the University of Alaska Yoga Club, and the local Rehab Center and many people who became my mentors and my friends for life. More recently, I had an opportunity to teach yoga at Longmont United Hospital for five years until the fitness facility closed its doors for good. I met incredibly talented personal trainers, fitness instructors, physical therapists, students, and clients who inspired me to be the best yoga teacher I can be. For several years, I had a chance to contribute as a board member of the Colorado Learning Center of Human Anatomy, thanks to the founder and dear friend, Bev Boyer. I learned how to serve the community through a non-profit organization, and I become even more passionate about my calling as a yoga teacher. I joined Self Leadership Global to figure out how to run my business and to become a confident and successful entrepreneur. KellyAnne Zielinski, founder, and CEO, has played an essential role in building my business and gaining confidence. And last but not least, is my technical expert, Stacey Way. I could never keep up with the constantly moving target of new technological inventions and challenges without Stacey’s expertise, compassion, and readiness to fix what I mess up.
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