We had the good fortune of connecting with Lacey Calvert Shelton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lacey, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
When I moved from Southern California to Petaluma, I noticed a lack of outdoor organized yoga. We have such a beautiful place full of rolling hills, hiking trails, and the Petaluma River. When the pandemic hit and all yoga studios closed, I decided to start Petaluma Park Yoga. It was a fully outdoor studio that partnered with Petaluma Parks and Rec department. It abided by the social distancing rules, and allowed people to practice yoga and meditation together as early as June 2020. It was also a great community factor, as our classes were donation based. So, it encouraged all people to come to yoga regardless of skill, finances, etc. It was amazing to see the community come together through this time, and ultimately grow enough to open an actual yoga studio in January 2022 called The Yoga Post! We still have park yoga, and even expanded to having Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga on the Petaluma River. We hope to always highlight the gorgeous outdoor lifestyle that Petaluma has to offer.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Before the pandemic hit, I had worked for a huge corporate yoga company for 10 years. I also had the opportunity to travel and work with brands and athletes for years before that, and delivering yoga throughout the world is all I really know as a career. I am proud of where I am today, as I trusted my intuition to stick with a career that was a little off the beaten path. Working in the health and wellness world isn’t as glamorous as it sounds, and there is a few moments where you feel like you should step away and find what others call “a real job”. The support of my partner and my family has always kept me going. They see an innate passion and spark for teaching yoga, and agree that it is something that I will do until I am 100 years old. It will never be about making a million dollars or taking over the world; it will always be about spreading my passion for yoga and the community that comes with it. I can confidently say that my career aligns with my values and my family’s lifestyle, and to me…that’s equivalent to being the richest person in the world.
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.
Petaluma is a city that once was the best kept secret. But now, the secret is out and we are proud of our little city! The people and business owners of Petaluma provide a loving, friendly, and inclusive environment. We also have so much to do, that we couldn’t fit it all in one day. It’s a family-oriented, outdoor enthusiasts dream. I think starting off with sunrise yoga overlooking the river at The Yoga Post is a great way to kick off the day. Then, head to The Bagel Mill for coffee and breakfast, followed by a gorgeous hike at Helen Putnum. Stroll through our downtown area, play on Petaluma Pete’s pianos around Kentucky street, and grab happy hour at The Shuckery inside of Petaluma Hotel. Then, end with dinner at Table Culture Provisions and live music at Brewsters. I also enjoy bringing my family to watch the sunset on top of the private hike at Asombrosa Sonoma County, as it has 360 degree views of the entire city!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
To form a yoga studio space, I have collaborated with 3 other highly recognized yoga instructors. Amy Wolff, Bob Conover and Kathleen Barnette. The four of us came together to build this “home” for all of our yoga students. We have created a studio on the Petaluma River that truly invites yogis of all style, size, age, background etc, into a space that is welcoming, inclusive and clean. I am very grateful for these three partners. We support each other as business owners, teachers and friends. I have learned so much from each of them, and couldn’t have been so far in my journey without them.