ARCHDALE, N.C. -- It helps with breathing, walking, sleep, arthritis and overall mobility, and one Piedmont woman is making it available for everyone, even if they can't pay for it.
"I just felt in my heart that yoga was so life changing that everyone needed access to it," said Yoga Mindset owner Kelle Yokeley. "I would tell everyone how incredible yoga was and I always heard from people that they just couldn't afford a $15 or $20 class. The idea came to me during meditation one day; why not make yoga available to everyone, with loving, open arms, even if they couldn't pay for it?"
That was her inspiration for Yoga Mindset, her 3-year-old yoga studio in Archdale. Another location is set to open in High Point on Neal Place on May 15.
"I had no idea how it would go, but within six months, we had students writing checks for other students and local mom and pop businesses were donating. It goes into a scholarship fund. If someone can't pay, they go to class on scholarship. No one knows who pays and doesn't. This is our path and we stay true to it. We are able to keep the lights on and the instructors well-paid. It just works and I'm so grateful to be able to do this for our community," Yokeley said.
Yoga Mindset also offers a $3 class for seniors and people with physical limitations.
Paula Hightower has multiple sclerosis. "I was strung up like a bow; I could hardly move and could barely turn my head when crossing the street. Now I have so much more confidence in my balance. It helps counter the rigidity, flexibility, mobility, everything."
"She makes it accessible for people who might not be able to have yoga because of financial reasons, older age, physical reasons. But you come here and you feel like you're safe," said Hightower.