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May 21, 2015

Healthy Living Takes a Look art Yoga and Technology

No time to get to the gym, no babysitter to watch the kids while you squeeze in some exercise. Then, this segment of Healthy Living is just for you. Tonight we feature entrepreneur and yoga instructor Ashanti Garcia who’s offering a solution for people who feel they never have the time to exercise.

 

Marleni Cuellar reporting

It was just over two years ago when this young entrepreneur, Ashanti Garcia, took a leap of faith and opened her own yoga studio in Belize City.

 

Ashanti Garcia, Owner Airbender Yoga

Ashanti Garcia

“It has grown tremendously, when I first started to teach yoga an I wanted to make it as a way of income people thought it was a ridiculous idea. That there weren’t enough people who want to do you yoga but now you have more yoga teachers spread out throughout the country and even concentrated in Belize City so that shows that there more studios & teachers that the interest has definitely grown.”

 

Ashanti says that people seek yoga classes for many different reasons but the primary referral actually comes from doctors.

 

Ashanti Garcia

“There are many reasons why many people reach out to yoga but I would say one of the first is that people have certain health conditions that cannot be treated by regular gym exercises. And a lot of doctors recommend that they do yoga. Another reason is that some people just want something that is different than from what is out there. You have machines you have fitness classes you have aerobics but they want to try something that will give them flexibility, peace of mind and stress relief is definitely a big reason why people try yoga. You’re not only getting a physical workout but you are also really improving your mind; you are accessing parts of yourself spiritually that maybe you never access before. To me that’s what’s addictive about yoga and why I continue practicing and clients say it’s very life changing and that they want to continue practicing more and more.”

 

And that’s a demand that as a business woman, Ashanti is only too happy to oblige. So, in addition to her studio classes & in order to reach a market of people who cannot leave their home for a class….Ashanti took her yoga online.

 

Ashanti Garcia

“There were people from all over who wanted to take my yoga classes; people in Belmopan, people in San Ignacio, even had people in Toledo as me for my classes and at that time was I was just like well I’m only in Belize City but then I thought about offering live online yoga class which is actually very different from what are offered on YouTube or Google. These videos are set videos and the person teaching the class cannot correct you and I started to test out this idea by offering free for clients and those who tried it actually enjoyed it and now I’m very happy to say that anyone anywhere in Belize or even outside of Belize can do live online yoga classes with me. Online training is very popular in other places especially the US. It’s such a growing trend that now people everyday can practice or train or online and what is very popular in other places is that the cost of online training is much cheaper than having a personal trainer.”

 

For this emerging market of at home yogis, one live online session with Ashanti can cost them anywhere from 14 to 50 dollars; which for some is worth the price for convenience.

 

Ashanti Garcia

“All you need is a gmail account…good to go.”

 

For more details on the class schedules & prices you can find Airbender studio on Facebook.

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