We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Villanueva and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, how do you think about risk?
Every entrepreneur takes risks. For me, the biggest risk I took was quitting my full-time job to pursue my passion of sharing yoga with others and dedicating all my energy to building my own business. Most would not advise a single mom carrying debt and several financial responsibilities to quit their comfortable job with great benefits to chase their dreams. In fact, I was discouraged when I told my idea to some. There’s lots of unknowns and uncertainties when you’re self-employed (especially during a pandemic!) It takes grit to overcome challenges and not throw in the towel when uncomfortable. I look back at my company’s growth in the short time I’ve been open (4 years in January) and I smile. I’m not just reaching for the stars but realms beyond! That takes risk …and maybe a little bit of rebellion.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
721 Yoga strives to make yoga accessible to all. When I started my business, I knew I wanted an online platform so that I could reach more people. I spent the last two years building that platform. It wasn’t easy, definitely a lot to learn but now you can practice yoga with me anywhere in the world, anytime! Best of all? It’s donation-based. From Meditation & Chair Yoga to full 80 minute, sweaty, Vinyasa Flows, there’s something for everyone! New content added regularly. www.721yoga.com/VirtualYogaStudio
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I almost don’t want to share ha, but it would involve bike rides, a tour of vegan/vegetarian spots and maybe mimosas on my favorite patio. A perfect ending would be napping at the Korean spa!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I give thanks to my mentor and teacher, Joseph Stingley, who has helped me learn to make decisions fearlessly and confidently.