We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Ikeda and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lauren, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?

From a young age I aspired to be a business owner like my father. He has owned several businesses and always instilled the value of hard work and dedication. Even though he ran a very successful business he never missed the important moments in life. He was always in the crowd at my basketball games, home in time to make our family dinner, and took us camping on the weekends. To me that is the definition of balance and what I aspire to create in my life.

As I transitioned from working in the fast-paced fashion industry to teaching yoga and creating my business I knew I had to work from the ground up. So naturally, I said “yes” to every opportunity that can up. I did this for the first couple of years until I hit a wall. At this point I was teaching over 15 classes a week, was extremely burned out, got sick all the time, and injured my shoulder. It was a hard lesson, but ultimately taught me that I needed to create healthy boundaries and be an ambassador for my wellbeing. This required me to say “no” from time to time and only take opportunities that aligned with my worth. After doing this for a couple of years I felt as though I was on the right track to success and balance.

Yet, Covid-19 had different plans. This year has been very challenging to say the least, but it has also reminded me that we don’t need to be constantly busy or get caught up in the “grind culture” in order to feel worthy or productive. It has also reminded me that there are no guarantees so matter how much planning, strategizing, and controlling we do. After allowing myself to grieve pre-Covid life, I picked myself up and started leaning into the unknown, which has become a motto of mine.

I took some time to reflect on what is truly important to me and re-evaluate once again how to create a better system of balance in my life. I meditated daily, journaled, began gardening, and practiced my yoga both on and off the mat. The best part was that I did all of it for me.

I realized that in order to be successful in my business I needed to figure out how to teach what I value. I wrote down my values such as family, community, authenticity, love, and sustainability. From that point I decided to not return to teaching yoga in person for the health and safety of my family, friends, and community. Instead, I created my virtual yoga studio called THE STUDIO by Lauren and began teaching the key values of the yoga practice from home.

What should our readers know about your business?

My business has evolved quite a bit over the 7 years that I have been teaching yoga. I first began by teaching private yoga classes and later added my yoga retreats. I created and led retreats to unforgettable destinations such as Maui, Italy, Greece, Bali, and Central California.

Obviously due to Covid-19, that all looks very different now. As much as I miss teaching classes in person and leading retreats all over the world, I am hopeful that we will be able to get back to that in the future.  In the meantime, my students and I have found lots of benefits to learning yoga through THE STUDIO by Lauren, my virtual yoga studio. I offer live group classes three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8am. I also offer virtual private classes and unlimited access to on-demand videos. I created a structure similar to the traditional yoga studio by offering drop-in rates, packages, and memberships which gives each student the power to decide which options works best for their budget, availability, and learning preferences. You can also try your first class for only $5.

My mission is to create a platform that would support people to find freedom in being authentic and the power to carry that out in their lives and community no matter how near or far. Through my virtual yoga studio, I emphasize teaching yoga for daily living- a practice that allows you to reflect on important topics and principles, the mind, body, breath, and human experience.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My husband and I just moved to Long Beach, California bought our first home. Unfortunately, due to Covid we haven’t explored much of our new city. However, we have some favorite outdoor spots. We love to take our dog running along Bluff Park and hang out at Rosie’s Dog Beach. We also love to go Stand Up Paddle boarding in Naples. For the first time in 6 months we decided to try eating out on Pine Street and explored some of the restaurants that have outdoor seating.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Here are some of my close friends and family businesses who I would also love for you to support.

– My husband, Xavier Pincay who owns Pincay Bookkeeping. (https://www.pincaybookkeeping.com/)

– My friend, Lisa Mecham who is a brilliant writer. (https://lisamecham.com/)

– My friend, Tyler Townsend who owns Prey for Prey Clothing (https://prayforpreyclothing.com/)

– My friend, Nick Jones who is a real estate agent for 3 Leaf Realty (https://www.3leafrealty.com/?aios_agent=nick-jones)

Website: www.laurenikeda.com
Instagram: @laurenikeda
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-ikeda-18ab0616/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestudiobylaurenikeda
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-studio-by-lauren-long-beach-3?osq=lauren+ikeda+yoga
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYolWuOmNDUyigemAj62SLg?view_as=subscriber

Image Credits
Hana Asano

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