Age || 30
Company Name || Sky Ting Yoga
Job Title || Co-Founder
Company Start Date || July 2015
Years Living In New York || 8
Social Handles || @skytingyoga @krassyjones
Website || Sky Ting Yoga
What did you want to be while growing up?
I wanted to own my own dance studio, be a dolphin trainer or an archeologist.
What’s the best piece of advice you were given when you were starting Sky Ting?
The best piece of advice I got was to take care of our most loyal students. Those are the people bringing friends to our studios, buying our merch, are the core of our community, and are the best representations of our brand.
How do you define success?
Living authentically, with ease, grace, and joy.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned since starting out?
I’ve learned to trust my instincts. We’ve made so many mistakes early on that now I can sniff out a bad deal or trust myself when a collaboration doesn’t feel on brand.
What is your go-to motivational quote?
Imagine no limitations on what you can be, have, or do.
Where did the idea of Sky Ting Yoga come from and how did you approach your partnership when starting it?
SKY TING was my dream. I wanted to build a yoga space that was designed well, build a community, and start a studio by teachers to support other teachers. I knew Chloe and I worked well together and asked her to build it with me — having Chloe join was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. We’re such great business partners and friends, and working together is a thousand times more fun.
Do you have a personal motto?
Be gracious, graceful, grateful.
Which women inspire you?
So many. My family, friends, Nevine Michaan (my mentor), Diane Von Furstenberg, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Beyonce of course.
How do you handle situations where you feel overwhelmed?
I have a lot of self soothing techniques. I do yoga, meditate, bathe, and surround myself with my counsel of incredible girlfriends.
How do you overcome moments of self-doubt?
My yoga practice really comes in handy in times of self-doubt. I try to zoom out, think big picture, and see a new angle. I also crack open my books and notes to find inspiration to keep going.
What is the hardest part about being your own boss?
The hardest part and the most rewarding part is having to be self-motivated. Chloe and I are really the ones coming up with the ideas to push forward and progress. If we hang back then our growth is stunted. So I’m always pushing forward and that drive comes from within me and not a boss.
What has been the most rewarding thing since starting Sky Ting?
The community that we’ve built inspires me everyday and gives me fuel to keep building. Our students, teaching staff, mangers, and front desk staff are the most meaningful part of our business.
What advice would you give to other women trying to break into the wellness field?
Be authentic and make sure you have a product or business that helps people and the environment, instead of building something because you think it’s going to make you rich.
What are some of your goals moving forward for Sky Ting?
I am focused on making our online subscription based videos beautiful and useful. They’ll be launching very soon.
This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.