13 minutes | May 5th 2020

Lisa and Sean Kehoe with Vivify Hot Yoga

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Transcript:Kevin M.: Mixing It Up With The Fitness Community is a podcast created by Fit Mix that introduces you to local health and fitness individuals along with their stories.Kevin M.: Episode four. Sean and Lisa Kehoe with Vivify Hot Yoga. On today's episode, Sara talks with the owners of Vivify. Sean and Lisa Kehoe. They talk about how they got into Yoga, what made them decide to open up the studio, their work with first responders, and more.Sara Y.: Hi, Lisa. Hi, Sean. How are you guys doing today?Sean K.: Doing pretty good, Sara. How are you?Sara Y.: Good thanks. Thanks for being on this podcast with us. We appreciate it.Sean K.: Well, thank you, guys.Sara Y.: All right. So give us a little bit of introduction about you and talk about your yoga studio.Lisa K.: My husband and I started Yoga some time ago, about five years ago when we opened up to the public here in Rio Rancho and kind of an interesting little back story without getting into too much of a deep story, is that we actually started as students and became teachers later. We wanted to open something from a student perspective and bring it to Rio Rancho. Yoga did a lot of change for us both. Sean can attest to that. We want to be able to have a place that would be able to provide the same opportunities for people like ourselves.Sara Y.: Wonderful. Are you able to talk about maybe what got you into Yoga in the first place?Lisa K.: Yes, I'll start with myself. I have been a dispatcher for police, Fire, and EMS for quite some time, and it was actually another dispatcher that got me to go. It was basically work-related stress. I didn't really have much of an interest in it, to be completely honest, at first. And she coerced me into it with the hope that it would help fix my hip issues. I learned real quick that it was a massive stress reliever since we were both police dispatchers. This was something that pulled me in pretty fast. Then I kind of drug Sean into it and he figured it out for himself, too.Sean K.: So I'm a construction worker guy. And Lisa had taken that class and drug me with her. I had always been looking for something to help ease my stresses as well and find something that helped me with my lifting too. My flexibility was always real tight. My hips were always real bad. I went to that class with her and I just took a liking to it. It was something different. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the people and everything about it. I instantly became attracted to it and I didn't want to stop doing it. So that's how I got into it too; it was really because of that. It's become a lifelong thing now, I really enjoy doing it.Sara Y.: So Lisa, I want to go back to the dispatcher thing. You do a lot of work with the community, right? Like with helping other kind of like first responders and people in that kind of position where they're faced with a lot of stress. Is that correct?Lisa K.: That has been a very, very passionate thing about getting involved. It first started this for myself and then I realize that so many people need it. The first responders, especially, have been amazing to work with; from firefighters to law enforcement. And just the stress. The job related stress. I can't emphasize that enough. So it's been fantastic to work with cadets that are brand new and getting into the field and giving them wonderful coping mechanisms to get through their jobs. And for the veterans that have been doing everything they can to put everyone else first and forgetting to put themselves as a priority as well and helping them to reconnect to that so they can relieve the stress and do not just good at their jobs but to be able to go back home to their families and leave work at work, which is really hard for first responders.Sara Y.: Yeah, definitely. And Sean, you said you did this to help with pain. Has it made your job easier, including Yoga, into your life?Sean K.: Absolutely. You can try plenty of other options, chiropractors, you know, shots, things, all of that stuff I've tried. To be honest, the only thing that really ever has worked now up until this point is keeping up with my practice. So back issues, plantar fasciitis. I just got over some of that just by doing some yoga. And amazingly enough, it helps your insides as well. I had really high cholesterol and my levels are down after taking Yoga for the last five years. It's just happened naturally. It's pretty amazing stuff. Your body knows how to fix itself. It just needs a route to get there. So, yeah, it's worked really well for me as well.Sara Y.: So what is something unique about Vivify that people don't know?Sean K.: Well, I guess I'll hop in on this one first. A lot of people really thought that Lisa I we're already instructors, but just maybe had been laying low in the scene. But, no, we were both students. I didn't finish my yoga training until after we had opened. And then Lisa just recently finished hers not too long ago as well. The fact that we did open it from a student's perspective was really different from everything else that we had encountered thus far.Sara Y.: Lisa, do you want to add anything?Lisa K.: Yeah, just kind of reiterating what he said. Teachers have inspired us to what really got us moving in that direction. We had all these wonderful teachers getting it going and then we became teachers after the fact. So it was just kind of a backwards way of going about it. But I think it's also giving it a unique flair.Sean K.: One other thing, Vivify originally was going to be a tanning salon.Sara Y.: Oh, really!?Sean K.: Yeah! We were trying to branch out and we've always wanted to open our own business in something that helped people. Amazingly enough, it was originally going to be a tanning salon. We went for a hike and came down from the hike with a totally different view and came up with the name on the way down and said, we're going to do Yoga instead. And here we are five years later.Sean K.: Speaking of a name, what does Vivify means to you guys?Lisa K.: Vivify means to make something better. It's enlightened. So literally, it's what Yoga has done for ourselves and our life. We want to try to summarize that in a quick, simple word, that just summarize it.Sara Y.: What kind of classes do you all offer up by?Lisa K.: A little of everything. It started off as being a just hot. So we are for everything from heat to no heat to room temperature just because there's all walks of life and as all walks of Yoga as well. So there's something literally for everybody.Sara Y.: And how long have you guys been open again?Lisa K.: Five years. We just hit our five year mark. To the public on March 23rd.Sara Y.: Wow. Congrats! Lisa K.: Thank you.Sara Y.: What were some of the growing pains or hurdles that you guys had to get over along the way to reach that five year mark?Sean K.: Oh my goodness. What did we not go through? Anywhere from, you know, the typical running out of capital to building a studio from scratch. You know, building your own brand from the bottom up is extremely hard to do. Especially in, 1) Rio Rancho and, 2) the yoga industry, which is pretty niche. The whole process has just been learning and growing from day one. Plus, not to mention, like Lisa and I had said earlier that we weren't Yogis. We were just taking classes before this. We jumped into this not really having a tremendous background in Yoga or anything else like that. It was just strictly from the love of how it made us feel. So we know with riding on that if we stay true to that, you know, something would come of it. And here we are.Sara Y.: Any advice for people getting into this? I mean, I guess it's kind of just like sticking through the rough spots, because in the end, hopefully, it'll turn out to be like what you wanted it to be.Lisa K.: Let's say trust in the process is the biggest thing and to not be intimidated. Just one step at a time, really, that's the biggest thing.Sean K.: And then there's a lot of those motivational videos out there. You know? People hear a lot of stuff, but really, you have to jump in with both feet. You have to give it your all. There's no going halfway in and halfway out. And tenacity. When things get tough you can't give in. You have to keep going through it. There's always some better on the other side. A lot of people tend to give up way too early when there's always something good on the other end. You just got to have that perseverance to continue moving forward even when things are bad.Sara Y.: Yea. That's a great mindset going forward, what does the future look like for Vivify? I know we're in a little bit of a tough patch right now, but let's pretend that that's not happening and that life is going on as usual. Do you guys see yourself expanding, adding more classes, anything along those lines?Sean K.: Like a lot of other businesses right now, we are building our online platform as we speak. That's going to be an option now from here on out. Which is pretty cool because we didn't have that before. So the circumstances have led us to coming up with something. We had to come up with something to continue to give our clients some, I don't know,Lisa K.: Peace of mind.Sean K.: I wouldn't say peace of mind, but a piece of us. Right? Because everybody's fiending for the hot room. So we may not know to give them the heat, but we can still give them some classes. And then there's a few other pretty cool things in the works that we can't really talk about yet. Hopefully when all this stuff boils down, there'll be some really cool things that vivify is going to be pushing through here in the next two months. But the online thing is really is our biggest change right now.Sara Y.: It just seems that what's going on now has been a blessing in disguise in some way, because, I mean, we've talked to a few other yoga studio owners who are talking about how they've had to adapt. And, add these online classes or Facebook live classes. Members are loving it and wanting
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