We had the good fortune of connecting with Griselda Ramirez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Griselda, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted something flexible that would allow me to go back to school. I completed my yoga teacher training years ago, but had not submitted paper work nor had started teaching since my job was great at the moment. Once my job at the time was no longer fulfilling, I decided to put my training into practice and completed the paper work and started teaching yoga. I began teaching as a volunteer for a senior center in the City of North Hollywood and shortly after I was hired as yoga instructor. It is very satisfying as a teacher to see how your students grow in their practice and further their interest in physical and mind fitness. In 2020 I decided to start my own yoga space (online at the moment) to give myself that flexibility to attend classes and still be able to make a living. I am still doing what I love daily and I get to help others reach their goals during their practice.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What I think sets me apart, is that I am trying to bring yoga classes to under served communities. I am teaching in a community that did not have yoga classes offered ever. Many people didn’t know what yoga was and were not sure about trying it, The few students from that community that were brave enough to try something new really enjoyed the classes and thanked me for bringing yoga to their community. They are the ones bringing in new students almost daily, it is very rewarding to see this group grow. It was challenging at first, I really had to put myself out there, I drove around neighborhoods and asked if I could teach yoga at their community centers, passed out flyers by foot and asked many local business to please post my flyer at their locations. this slowly paid off as I believe I have lifetime students now. Now that is is all via zoom there was a new challenge created, not all the people that I had in person continued, so I had to again start advertising and asking the few students that I kept to help me bring more people in. I constantly post on social media and offer classes for free and run specials on holidays to help bring more people in. It continues to be a challenge, but I am still pushing through in hopes this to shall pass. I want the world to know that yoga can be whatever you want it to be for you, everyone’s experience is different and I want everyone to feel comfortable when doing yoga. I want to continue to bring yoga to communities that are undeserved and teach them what yoga is.
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?
Monday- Would be a downtown LA day, but first yoga in the morning, then breakfast would be at Bottega Louie, then I would take my friend to Chinatown to walk around and eat lunch at one of the local restaurants there, then at night we would move more into downtown Los Angeles, walking around by the museums, by the library, the music center it is beautiful, peaceful at night. and then end the day at urth cafe for some delicious coffee and pie. Tuesday- Would be a Pasadena day, Breakfast at Russell’s, then I would take my friend to one of the many hiking trails that are just north of there in Altadena. Real Food Daily or veggie grill for lunch. At night I would take my friend to get some good Indian food in old town Pasadena and walk around the hidden alleys that are there. Wednesday- Breakfast would be at Home restaurant in Los Feliz, then I would take my friend to the observatory for a hike and to view the beautiful city from above. For lunch we would head towards Glendale and eat at Buen gusto, some delicious pupusas. Then I would take my friend to the Americana to walk around and show her the new mall. and then take a short drive to Burbank and walk around there. For Dinner head back towards Glendale and go to golden road brewery to eat and drink Thursday – Yoga in the morning, then breakfast would be at Antigua bread for some Guatemalan cuisine. Then we head to the original farmers market and probably grab lunch there from one of the many vendors. Then drive over to sunset blvd and see the sites there. Lastly, we head back to downtown LA to eat dinner at Shojin in little Tokyo, best vegan sushi ever. Friday – Would be rest day for working out and we head out to Long Beach, eat breakfast at the omelette inn then walk by the board walk and go the Aquarium,for lunch we would go to the Grain Cafe. Lastly head to San Pedro, but first pass by the Queen Mary and walk around there. Lastly once in San Pedro eat dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant J. Tranis Ristorante. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Eric Paskel and Rina Jakubowics, they both helped me in many ways, not just trained me to become the yoga teacher I am today, but also helped me push through my shyness and come out of my shell. I also want to thank my mom for always encouraging me to do whatever makes me happy, supporting all my decisions, being proud of all I have done and for always being my number one fan.
Some of the pictures were taken by Jennifer Piskel