Studio Name: Main Street Yoga
Owners Name(s): Carmen Champion
When did your studio open? January 1996
Why did you open your studio? I didn’t open the studio, but my predecessor began yoga as a hobby and it eventually turned into a business. I purchased the studio in January of 2015, because I love working with people and felt as though my drive and marketing experience would be beneficial to the space-enriching what it already contained.
Does your studio have a mission or vision statement? ‘Committed to creating a safe and sacred community moving together through the journey of self.’
How many classes a week do you offer at your studio? At the studio we have ~25 classes a week, but we are also contracted out to local corporations for on-site fitness and teach between 10-14 class a week off-site.
What types of classes do you offer? We offer gentle, yin, restorative, prenatal, moderate, Men’s, 101, Vinyasa, Flow,AcroYoga, Ashtanga and Nidra.
Is there anything unique or special that your studio offers (promotions, good-will etc.) For the area, we have the only Ashtanga yoga teacher in town. We regularly do donation based classes to benefit local charities, we offer free meditation twice a week and a free AcroYoga class once a month. We have an organized basket of items we donate to benefits for silent auctions (We try not to turn anyone local away). Last year we did a canned food drive for the local Food Pantry. We are always open to donating time or classes to various organizations and try to be as generous as possible.
Anything else you’d like our teachers to know about your studio? Our studio has a clientele who is invested in the space. That was something that was made incredibly clear when I bought the studio. We have a family who all come and really want to work, they are curious and energetic and make teaching so incredibly rewarding. In December, we added requirements for pre-registration, implementing mandatory minimums for regular classes. What we thought could possibly create a slew of complaints-turned into one of the best things we’ve done since the shift in ownership. Now everyone feels like they can participate and be responsible. It has also created a new type of conversation where the teachers get to interact with the students more often.
Do you have a “guest housing” program for teachers who might like to attend a training at your studio? We open our home to guests and there are hotels and BnBs within walking distance of the studio.
Address: 418 N. Main St. Bloomington, IL 61701