Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Alix Long, Founder and Owner of Grace Pilates+Yoga, located in New Orleans, LA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Grace Pilates+Yoga is a Pilates and yoga studio with a focus on teaching our clients how to pay attention to their body through Pilates, yoga, and mindfulness practices. We focus on private instruction to have a deeper understanding of your body. Our customers range in all ages and shapes we can help anyone get healthier.

Tell us about yourself

I began my journey with Pilates shortly after my late husband was diagnosed with cancer. It struck me that we were not paying attention to our bodies and lives. Simultaneously I fell in love with teaching Pilates. This was my very first mindfulness practice. I am motivated daily by my students, both instructors and clients. I love watching them practice mindfulness, learn to understand their bodies, and love teaching teachers to build a mindful career to help make our community healthy.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I am becoming a lead trainer for Alycea Ungaro, a second-generation Joseph Pilates-trained teacher of teachers. I have been a host for her training program, and after nearly ten years, I will be creating teachers on a global scale. I will be honored to teach and pass the classical Pilates method to my students.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

The hardest thing about owning a business is that there are no off days.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Always pay yourself first.
  2. Set healthy boundaries and allow your staff to do the same to create a healthy work culture.
  3. Keep educating— remain centered on your passion surrounding your craft.

Where can people find you and your business?


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