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Meet Juanita Monaghan of Fusion Mind Body Studio in Elgin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Juanita Monaghan.

Juanita, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In the Fall of 2006, my Yoga teacher suggested we open a Yoga studio. I prepared the business plan, I scouted for a location and talked to the chiropractor who owned the space in downtown Elgin. We each put the money required to incorporate. We held the open house in March of 2007. We both taught the classes and shared the responsibilities of running the business. A year later she left the company and I have been running it solo since.

I stayed in downtown Elgin until January of 2013 when I moved the studio to the basement of my home in the east of Elgin. The decision has been beneficial as I lowered my overhead, and attracted clientele who were more dedicated to the practice. I teach all classes and invite other teachers to hold workshops.

My husband handles the financial and technical aspects of the business. I deal with clients, marketing, and advertising.

Has it been a smooth road?
No, not smooth at all. The first year was especially rough. When the partner left, I did not know whether or not I should continue to myself or just close shop. My husband and I decided I should continue. Yet since I was the only one teaching it was harder to come up with the rent. It reached the point when I was working just to pay rent. Then another Yoga teacher friend advised me to just teach from my house because she does the same. Yje studio is now 10 years old.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Fusion Mind Body Studio story. Tell us more about the business.
We offer Yoga classes tailored to the abilities of students. The style of Yoga I teach is Flow or Vinyasa or breath-synchronized movement. I am proud that some of the students I have taught are now teachers themselves.

I have students still coming to me since the day the studio opened. Students get hands-on training since the class size is not that big

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Yes as technology advances, more and more practitioners will take to online classes. However, studios will still be here because of community-building. Also, there is no substitute for a teacher’s eye when learning this mind/body practice. Even I go to classes myself, A teacher is an always a student.

As research studies show, Yoga has tons of benefits. Right now it is used to help veterans with PTSD. Yoga is a good exercise to maintain health and wellness. Even teaching people to breathe deeply is huge.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Fusion Mind Body Studio
    1352 Longford Circle Elgin, Illinois 60120
  • Website: www.fusionmindbodystudio.com
  • Phone: 847-567-6913
  • Email: info@fusionmindbodystudio.com
  • Instagram: juanitayoga22
  • Facebook: fusionmindbodystudio


Image Credit:

Joyce Pizarro Kessler

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