Jessica Laudati, along with Emily Lawrence are realizing wishes as they open the doors to Seaside Yoga studio in Portsmouth, RI this weekend. We are proud to have these energetic and motivated young women as part of the Mind Key community. More importantly, we are impressed with how Jessica finally decided it was time to achieve her dream, and through intention and a little bit of manifestation, the stars aligned in only a few short weeks to make her dream come true.
Here is Jessica Laudati’s story:
Opening this studio gives my life such a stronger sense of purpose. I want to share this gift with others and create a space that everyone can revel in together! What makes me more than just an instructor is that I want people to experience something when they leave my classroom—to walk out of the studio feeling shifted in one way or another. By the same token, Seaside is more than just a yoga studio! There are so many possibilities for what the space can hold, and I genuinely want to do it all, while at the same time offering other instructors and wellness workers the opportunity to share their unique gifts with the community.
How did you first know that this was your life path/career?
Growing up, I have always been drawn to helping others, it has always made me feel so good inside to see others lifted up, growing, and learning. There was a time in my life where I most certainly was lost, trying to discover who I was and where I was going, who I wanted to surround myself with and what I wanted for a future. I was caught up in a whirlwind lifestyle that was detrimental to all of the above….Drugs and partying and genuinely no sense of direction. Yet I was always still drawn to helping others.
I went to college for Elementary and Special Education. Then I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Holistic Health Practitioner. This program teaches you how to build a life coaching business from the ground up, encompassing nutrition within other areas of life like education, spirituality, individualism, family, relationships, etc. When I was first introduced to yoga, dead smack in the middle of this time frame, it was like this little flame was ignited that said, “Wow, there is so much more to this life; so much more to myself and my being, so much potential for my future.”
I guess looking back at it now, I was always on the right path, it was just a little blurry at the time. While it was a long transition out of that phase to where I am now, the flame that was always there now burns so bright that I cannot wait to share my yoga experience with the world.
What are your greatest talents/strengths? Weaknesses? How do you (or plan to) balance your strengths and weaknesses in your work?
My weaknesses are self doubt, uncertainty and anxiety. Also seeing myself as an authoritative figure, and standing my ground in that respect. I tend to get caught up in my mind and get in my own way more than anything. There is a constant battle of how I will be perceived as a person, if what I am doing is right, if people will accept me, etc. That is why I am so thankful for this tremendous gift of yoga which has helped me manage all of these weaknesses.
My strengths are drive, passion, love, and a strong desire to help others on their journeys. And I firmly believe that all of those things are what propels me forward, makes me who I am, and will help me significantly in this business.
Tell us about Seaside
I absolutely adore the yoga community on Aquidneck Island, and being a part of it has helped me grow tremendously as a person. The yoga studio that was previously in this space (Shunya Studio) welcomed me into their group of teachers. I remember the day so clearly, I was so excited to be a part of it and the space and the people… That was that flame I felt inside.
At the beginning of 2017, I wrote a list of my goals. The last one of my intentions was Business Design. On my birthday this year (July 15th), I told myself I was going to take the next 30 days to really figure out what I wanted to do with my life. A little less than two weeks after I made that commitment to myself, Emily and I collided serendipitously, and this opportunity fell right into our laps.
My mom always says, “let the universe roll out its red carpet for you,” and I could not have felt that more than in the moment Emily mentioned the idea of starting our own yoga studio. Next thing we knew, it was happening! The power of manifestation damn near knocked me over—that jaw dropping realization that the universe had presented this opportunity to us, and not only that, but with an amazing partner who gets it. The entire experience literally brought me to tears.
Now that Seaside Yoga is yours, and doors are opening, what are your plans for it?
Our number one goal with this yoga studio is to provide more than just a space to take a yoga class. We want everyone who walks through those doors to experience something… To walk out feeling something: happy, empowered, shifted physically and/or emotionally, a sense of relief, letting go, strength, etc. We also wish to create a strong sense of community where people can come to revel in the gift of yoga, to share their journeys with others, and simultaneously share this beautiful space together. We want people to feel welcomed wholeheartedly. This is a community space for all of us, from all walks of life… this is a studio for us as human beings to share.
Not only that, we want to show that everyone can do yoga! I always joke and say “if you can breathe, you can do yoga.” There will be classes for all ages, all skill levels, fun and unique classes, discounts for students and military, community events and workshops galore. One thing we want to do is make sure we are giving back. We will be having monthly classes where we will dedicate all the funds to local foundations, fundraisers, world tragedies, etc.
I look at this business in the same way I do as my actual yoga practice….ever evolving, never ending potential for learning and growth, and an expanding community with no roof.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In addition to yoga, I am a long distance runner, I have a passion cooking, and love being outside and with friends. I am also a lover of music, and I love to dance. My hobbies are all things that lift me up and make me feel more alive, connected, grateful. I think that if you can find things in your life that make you feel that way, don’t let them go!
What’s up next for you?
I think the most beautiful thing in life is not knowing exactly what’s coming next. Now that Seaside has become a primary focus in my life, I still plan on doing what I do on a daily basis. Really just enjoying the ride and embracing whatever comes my way!
Doing what I love today is helping to propel me forward in life; moving me in the direction towards creating the life I have always dreamed of for myself. To say that it has been fulfilling would be an understatement. I cannot wait to see how my life goals unfold from here on out.
What’s your advice for others pursuing their dream?
My biggest piece of advice that I can give to anyone is to listen to your heart…. listen to that intuition inside, and don’t be afraid to take risks. The fear may be there, of course, but trust your heart and go for it!
Two of my favorite quotes are…..
“What if I fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?”
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”
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