You are an artist and now you run a wellness business. Can you talk about how art and movement intersect? Or how you bring art into your business?
Both my former careers, as a dancer and in the NYC nightlife scene, directly influenced Chi Junky. Music has always played a huge part in my life in everything I do, in both experiences as a dancer and nightlife. Chi Junky is a music-forward studio where the music is equally weighted to the movement. I also work really hard to curate an incredible experience that touches on all 5 senses, from the signature tea bar, to a full service yoga experience where everything is provided and the room is curated with all the props you need for the class. Before Covid we gave a signature massage with essential oils to everyone at the end of every class.
More than anything working in nightlife was the best education in life experience, it taught me exceptional customer service, which I still use everyday in my business. For one, I actively get to know all my regular customers and address them by their first name when I see them. I make sure to know something special about them so they know they are important to the studio community and not just a number on a mat.
Chi Junky is known for curating an exceptional yoga experience, with profound attention to detail, everything we do big and small is done with intention, and that all stemmed from what I learned working in NYC nightlife.
What have you been telling yourself to help you persevere in this incredibly challenging year?
I really have to thank the incredible Chi Junky community for holding me up on the days I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. As an entrepreneur you have to be incredibly resilient and possess a strong ability to keep getting up every time you are thrown a curve ball, fire or failure.
I think back to every challenge I have overcome, where at the time it felt like it would be the end and I wouldn’t get through it. But every single time without fail I get through it and overcome it. The struggles I face today will be no different, it doesn’t make it any easier working my way through them but I know that eventually it will resolve and be okay. I have learned to trust with my whole being that everything works itself out and worrying only ages you, it doesn’t help the situation. Majority of the things we worry about never happen. Put all your worry into thinking of a positive outcome and believing it will be ok. Replace the worry with faith and trust, no matter what.