As I shared in a previous post, I have been getting back into my yoga practice and it’s been awesome rediscovering my love for yoga as well as the studios here in Providence.
Today, I have the pleasure of bringing you an interview with the Owner of Wayland Square Power Yoga, Sharon Marie. One very, very early Sunday morning I arrived at Sharon’s beautiful lofty studio in the heart of Wayland Square. She welcomed me into her studio, as if it were her home, with so much grace. We talked about yoga, Providence, our pets, it made me feel as though we had been friends for a long time. When you meet her, Sharon welcomes you with a big smile looks you right in the eyes and makes you feel present. It was quite beautiful being in her yoga studio getting to know her, the business, and what she’s learned over the years.
I hope that you are able to walk away from today’s interview feeling inspired and ready to take on another challenge in your life whatever that may be.
Ladies and gentlemen, without further adieu…. Sharon Marie.
where are you from and where do you live now?
“I was born and raised right here in Rhode Island. I speak the native tongue.”
describe Providence in a few words.
“Providence is a smart, eclectic, charming, and amazing little-big city. It has EVERYTHING a fit, foodie, spa-shopaholic, nature lover could want.”
when do you feel the most creative?
“All the time.”
what is one thing you can’t leave your house without?
when do you feel your best?
“After my morning coffee.”
what is the best place you’ve ever traveled to?
what kind of yoga do you practice?
“I practice Ashtanga and Hot Power Vinyasa Yoga”
when did you realize you loved yoga?
“2008, I introduced myself to Baptiste Power Vinyasa. It was love at first breath.”
what inspired you to have a yoga studio?
“My entrepreneurial spirit! I wanted to create a simple space, a sanctuary for yoga practice, for yoga teachers, a space for transformation and healing for myself and the community.”
why did you decide to open a studio in Providence?
“I almost didn’t! I was prepared to sign another lease elsewhere, but something didn’t feel right about it. My mentor, Joan Dwyer, was the one who pointed me to the East Side. The space we thought that was available was already taken by Alex and Ani! So, my husband and I were walking around, had lunch at L’Artisian, saw that a space was available right across the street, called Ken Dulgarian, and things just happened really fast from there! It felt like a perfect fit.”
where in Providence are you located?
“We are in the heart of Wayland Square on the East Side at 13 S. Angel St, Providence, RI 02906.”
what would you say is your big vision for WSPY?
“My vision for WSPY is to grow our teaching staff, which begins this September with our RYT 200 hour training program, expand services to students and clients with my reflexology practice, create life changing opportunities for students and teachers, create some exciting yoga retreats, and be in service to our community always.”
what would you say is the best business advice you’ve received?
“Delegate. Delegate. Delegate.”
what have you learned from having a business?
“The failures are the lessons. There isn’t any room for fear. There isn’t any other way to be but kind. Trust your gut, always.”
besides practicing yoga, what else do you enjoy on your time off?
“I enjoy spending time with my family, my friends, and just as much, I love my solitude. I love to read anything that will expand my mind, to write, and to ride my Harley any chance I get. I love being outdoors.”
“Love came first. ~ Michael Eigen, Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis”
Us gals here at winter moon live our lives by inspiration; tell us, who or what inspires you?
“Wow, how to answer that? It’s limitless for me. Yoga, my practice, inspires me every day. Spiritual studies inspires me. My husband, Bob, my daughters, Katie and Christy, my rescued fur children (Rudy, the dachshund, Rebel, the shepherd-husky, and Skipper, the cat-lion. They are the truest yogis, living in the day and in the moment). My friends, teachers, mentors inspire me. I love them all dearly. I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today without them. Teaching yoga, helping others find serenity in their lives inspires me. Positive, successful people inspire me. If I had to sum it up, Life inspires me!”
any words of advice would you give to our readers wanting to start a yoga studio or wanting to become a yoga instructor—or even start yoga?!
1. Follow your heart.
2. Practice yoga.
3. Fall in love with the practice.
4. Share the practice with others, become a teacher.
5. Hold space for others, open a studio, maybe.
6. Do your homework.
7. Ask for help.
8. Make mistakes.
9. Practice yoga.
10. Be kind to yourself.
Thank you Sharon for being so honest and transparent with us about your life and journey of owning a business in Providence. I wish you so much success!
// photography & interview by Olivia //