Orange County Economic Development

Name of Business:  Jyotishmati Yoga Shala

Description:  “Shala” is the Sanskrit word for home. Jyotishmati Yoga Shala exists to help people feel more at home in developing a steady yoga practice; but equally, the Shala’s teachings promote the potential for the student of yoga to make this yoga practice of mindfulness more of a home in his or her own life. In this way, the Shala teaches the tradition of yoga as a daily practice of coming home to the truth of our own being. These practices are created through the challenging physical asana and vinyasa sequences which promote health and mindfulness in the body, the breath exercises of pranayama for a better understanding of the energy that sustains us, and the mindfulness of focus and concentration for a fuller realization of the mind/body connection. There are 8 limbs to the practices of yoga, and all are cultivated at the Yoga Shala as a daily part of practice.

What year was your business founded/established? 2016

What made you decide to open your business?   I’ve seen the yoga practice that I teach transform many lives in the time I’ve been privileged to practice and teach it. When something is observed to be profound, it’s hard not to want to share it as an offering available to anyone interested in nurturing their spiritual development, at any level.

What makes your business unique?  The method of yoga taught at Jyotishmati Yoga Shala is a proprietary method called Yogastha Sadhana, a practice that is only taught by one who is authorized in the method. This authorization requires a very high degree of training and commitment to the practice and its understanding, so offerings throughout the country are few. It is through this specific, focused method taught at the Yoga Shala that the student of yoga can advance in his or her practice with a true measure of transformation. I chose to open this authorized school in Carrboro because the uniqueness of Carrboro felt harmonious to the uniquenesses of the method that I teach.

What do you wish your local neighbors (potential customers) knew about your business? Because we tend to keep our heads down and focused without much hype, it is good for neighbors to know that they have a very special yoga offering in their back yard that students travel regionally to Carrboro to seek, that students have moved into Carrboro to practice, and all this surely adds grounded spiritual significance and a brightness to the vibrancy of the area.

What are your next goals for your business (any exciting expansion plans or new product/services)? We are still new to the area and are looking to double our student base by the end of 2017. From that place, special workshops, visiting teachers, community events and wholesome high-minded social events are what make a really great yoga school thrive.

If someone were to give you $100,000 to invest in your business, how would you spend it?   I’ve always dreamed of having a retreat space, where students could come, stay, rest and rejuvenate, be fed and nurtured in their  spirituality from the food to the practices to the space where they can call home for a few days, a few months, or even a few years.  $100,000 would create a true intensive yoga school: a large kitchen to cook gourmet farm-to-table vegan/gluten free meals, a yoga practice space, and bunk-style bedrooms.

What do you enjoy most about doing business in Orange County?   I enjoy the freedom that living and working in Orange County provides, the sense of community that the business atmosphere offers, and the standards by which our general demographic places upon themselves for health, vitality and service.

Contact Information:             
Owner:           Lyndsay Bahn         
Address:        309 West Weaver Street, Suite 300, Carrboro

Hours:            Class times vary; classes offered Monday-Saturday
Telephone #: (919) 704-5365