Holly Cipriani of Downtown Yoga 419 invites us to slooooow dooooown! If you have become a busy bee, you can take Yoga classes to support a more peaceful and balanced life! They have classes classes Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday morning and, as they’re name says it, they’re located right in downtown Toledo! For more information, you can visit their website. Receive $5 off your first class at the studio with the code HERHUB!

Tell us about yourself! What makes you, “you”?

Hi! My name is Holly. I am a certified yoga instructor and running coach currently working on a master’s in clinical mental health therapy to be a licensed professional counselor. I have a 10 month old baby and my husband and I LOVE spending time at the Toledo area metroparks. We are both passionate about movement, the outdoors, and community. We also have two dogs, two cats, and I have two step-sons. I specialize in yoga for mental health and wellness, pre/post natal yoga, women’s health, yoga for runners, and SUP yoga (anything on the water is my absolute jam!). I am a firm believer in the accessibility of yoga practices, adapting for all individuals. The connection of the mind, body, and spirit is a practice that should be afforded to all.

Describe your business/services and then tell us about what brought you to creating this business and why you’re passionate about it.

I am the owner of Downtown Yoga 419 in the beautiful downtown Toledo! We offer weekly group classes, specialty workshops, 1:1 yoga sessions, and private group sessions. I have seen first hand the endless benefits of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and connection. We live in a fast-paced, overbooked society where so many of us forget to pause and just simply be. I am passionate about creating a space where individuals can find their center, find their moment of calm, and reconnect to their purpose so they can keep showing up each day for themselves and the people around them. When we feel good, we feel good. It is our goal at Downtown Yoga 419 to meet our students where they are and offer a practice focused on self-love and understanding.

What goals do you have for your business in the future?

I would like to develop yoga for workplace wellness and yoga for service provider programs that are offered through DY419. This may include one of our instructors doing monthly/weekly sessions on site with businesses, organizations, or agencies to help prevent workplace burnout and promote overall wellness. Often times, we feel burnt out from the work we do and then mistake that for no longer being passionate about something we used to love. I have plans to develop programs that will help people find balance in their working lives and reconnect to the reasons they started in their field in the first place.

What is your proudest achievement?

Ah! So many things I’m proud of but starting this business is at the top of the list right now!! I still have moments where I forget this is real. Regardless of the future of the studio, I am just incredibly proud of myself for taking this risk. I come from 14 years of working an 8am-5pm professional job, so making the switch to non-traditional employment has been a scary one, but so rewarding. I am living a life aligned with my passions and values.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a business owner and how did you overcome it?

Fighting Imposter Syndrome! So I have faced a lot of logistic challenges (how to do a website, are these the right forms with the State?, where did I save my EIN?, things like that). But my biggest challenge has been myself. I regularly question if I “belong” in this space or have the right knowledge to be successful. In those moments, I stop and pause. I remind myself that I am pursuing something I am passionate about and have worked towards. I have years of experience that bring transferrable skills and have hundreds of hours of training in yoga! But all of that aside, I belong in this space because I want to! I remind myself that if I am pursuing something for the right reasons, then I belong in that space. I can’t say I’ve totally overcome this challenge, but I continue to practice believing in myself, just as I practice moving my body on the mat.

What advice would you give to a woman looking to start a business or get into a leadership role? Is there one thing that has helped you specifically?

Trust in yourself, and surround yourself with people who will build you up! Having the right support in place can make you feel like you can do anything (because you can!). Don’t be afraid to go after something you are passionate about…or if you are afraid, be willing to go after it anyways. 🙂

What made you want to join HerHub?

To connect with like-minded women! I draw so much inspiration and energy from being around other driven women. I love hearing the successes of others and learning their stories. I am super excited to learn from the community of women in HerHub and hoping to make new connections and build new relationships.

Why do you feel it’s important to collaborate and empower other women?

Because we are better together. Period. Women face a great deal of challenge in society so we should be there to support each other, lift each other up, be each other’s cheerleaders. When one woman is successful, we create space for others to be as well! I have had many women support, inspire, and encourage me in my life and I am eager to do the same for others.

If you could recommend one resource (book, podcast, quote, class, website, etc.), that has helped you in life or in business, what would it be and why?

I LOVED “Strong Women Lift Each Other Up” by Molly Galbraith. It is all about women supporting women and overcoming many of the challenges we are all so familiar with.

We love spreading love to other woman-owned businesses and we bet you do too.  Give a shout out here to your favorite, local, woman-owned business (besides your own)!

I have lots of favorites! But one I’d like to give a shoutout to is Maddie and Bella’s! I offer 6:30am yoga classes and brew a pot of coffee for students to take a cup with them after class and I love getting coffee beans at Maddie and Bella’s to brew at the studio. Plus the coffee shop atmosphere is so cozy and welcoming.