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Sky Yoga and Fitness

Shantel Kristian started her journey with yoga to help manage anxiety and depression. Now, she looks to spread the peace that she found through yoga to clients at her own studio. 
Sky Yoga and Fitness is a yoga studio offering a variety of classes for any experience level, and was created with the intention of providing a safe space for people to go to relax. Shantel remarks on the positive influence of her business, stating , “Whatever our clients have going on in their life, they’re coming to us and seeking peace from whatever they’re dealing with in the outside world.” As well, as a single mother, Shantel sought to create a future for her sons and herself through starting her own business. 
One of the challenges that Shantel faced in starting Sky Yoga was sticking to her goal despite people telling her she couldn’t do it. She maintained focus and was ultimately able to achieve her goal in part due to the help of the Business Development Specialists at the Women’s Business Center. Shantel stated, “The biggest thing that helped me was the support that I had from them.” Furthermore, she added, “You can tell that they’ve definitely done this before, and worked with women and entrepreneurs.” Shantel worked with the Business Development Specialists to create a successful business plan, which won her the Honorable Mentions Award for start-up capital in the Eau Claire Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition. 
Celebrating their one year anniversary this year, Sky Yoga and Fitness has already made a great impact. In addition to having won the Western Dairyland Women’s Business Center New Business of the Year Award, Shantel has taught over four hundred classes and has come in contact with over 1300 people through her business. 

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