Meet Christy Marsden from Yoga Blend!
Why did you open Yoga Blend?
When I started practicing yoga, I was a manager in the corporate world. I was learning the ins and outs of running a business while at the same time I was learning the ins and outs of running my body, mind and spirit.
I fell in the love with yoga and knew pretty early on that I wanted to teach this practice that was changing my life to others. Shortly after that, I also knew I wanted open a studio so that I could put my business skills to use and so that I would have the opportunity to treat employees really well. Let’s just say I was learning a lot of how NOT to run a business by working in the corporate world.
I always thought I would open a studio in Nashville, but a series of events lead me to the west coast and eventually to Los Angeles where I met my husband. We lived in Burbank and I loved the community feel as it reminded me of Nashville in a lot of ways. I knew when I opened a studio, I wanted it to be driven by community and connection, so I chose Burbank since that is where we lived and spent most of our time.
I wanted to open a studio where every day people could enjoy the benefits of yoga without feeling intimidated. My husband was really the catalyst and convinced me to go for it. He believed in me way more than I did in myself at the time, so with his encouragement, we opened the studio in March of 2005. It has truly been one of life’s greatest gifts for me…the people, the growth, the community, the practice, the work…it truly is my dream come true and I couldn’t be more grateful.
What do you love most about having a business in Magnolia Park?
I love being in Magnolia Park because it feels like its own little community within a community. Magnolia Park is alway doing something to engage the members and the community and I think that is really key in maintaining a sense of connection for all who work and reside in the area. There are also a lot of small and unique businesses which I love to support. And finally, it feels like home.
As a yoga expert what are 10 health benefits of doing yoga?
I always say yoga helps me to do everything else in my life better!
1-more focused mind
5-increased respiratory capacity
8-a more positive outlook and perspective on life
9-helps to set and maintain better boundaries, physically and in relationships
10-cultivates more kindness to self and other
11-(BONUS :) Helps us know ourselves better resulting in better decision making
What is the feel or aesthetic vibe of Yoga Blend?
The feel of Yoga Blend is uplifting, fun and connected. The space is colorful and homey with paintings from the past 10 years that were done by the community. The atmosphere is jubilant and welcoming and I will admit, we do tend to get a little rambunctious at times but it's all in the name of joy…so there are definitely worse things! It truly is a community where everyone is there to experience the numerous benefits of yoga but also to connect with other people who share a common interest. Community is a huge part of why I opened the studio so it is definitely the vibe of the place from the moment you walk in. We believe that anyone can do yoga and everyone is welcome at Yoga Blend!
1921 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506