Yoga studios are ubiquitous in Minneapolis, but DharmaCycle — a new studio in the North Loop — has a unique niche.
It offers a variety of yoga and spin classes in a studio in the neighborhood’s Fisher Building, 221 1st St. N.
Here are highlights of an interview with Jackie Gladney, co-owner and founder of DharmaCycle.
Q: What inspired you to start DharmaCycle Yoga?
Gladney: I come from an entrepreneurial family and I found my calling when I started teaching in 2010 so it was natural for me to want to open a studio. I was inspired to create a program that served the whole person — body, mind and soul — and addressed all the systems of the body and that supported long-term health.
Q: How does it differ from other fitness places in the neighborhood and city?
We are a local, family owned ethically and environmentally responsible business that offers smart group fitness.
Our intention is to serve our clients in the long term can be felt in every aspect of the client experience from when they walk in the door, to what they do in the classroom. Our class types are unique to us, are safe and challenging and support students of all fitness levels.
We are an inclusive community committed to mindfulness and empowering our students. DharmaCycle is the only indoor cycling class that I know of in the Midwest that offers students shoe rentals, uses hand weights for a full body workout and exercises the mind through breath work and the practice of mindfulness. We are the only studio in the Midwest that I know of that offers Manduka Pro mat (they have a lifetime guarantee) and Yogitoes rentals for our yoga classes.
We only use green cleaning products and don’t sell plastic water bottles. We partner with local charities to raise money and offer donation based classes every week.
Q: How many people work at DharmaCycle Yoga?
We have eight teachers. Twenty DharmaFamily members work at the studio for four hours each week in exchange for unlimited membership.
Q: What are your favorite aspects of launching a small business?
Intending to create a community founded in loving kindness that empowers people, putting my heart, my knowledge and my beliefs into it and seeing it land and resonate with them. I’m eternally grateful to know that satisfaction.
Q: What are some of the challenges?
Navigating the new and unexpected for me. A few examples: water leaks and vendors not delivering product on time. My partners and I have set the intention to expect the unexpected.
Q: What are your hopes for the business?
I would like to work out any kinks and open a few more and franchise DCY so that yogis may open one in their home neighborhoods. I hope to open a school of yoga that supports teachers in ways I haven’t seen them supported in this industry yet. I have big plans for this but those are just plans.
What it’s really all about and what I desire is for DCY to support positive change for people and for their communities. I hope for less suffering and more joy.
Q: Do you have any tips for people looking to launch a small business?
It’s your job to want it and to believe in yourself. No one will ever believe in you more than you or want it to happen as bad as you. Practice gratitude and persistence and hold faith that the path will be presented.
Q: Do you know anything about the history of your building?
Our building is historic and was the Fisher Paper Box Company. The first floor where DCY is was manufacturing and some of the equipment is still there. The Cycling Stable was a horse stable and we’ve reused the wood from the mezzanine where they kept the horses hay. We repurposed the old elevator door as signage in our entry way.
At a glance: Dharma Cycle Yoga
Overview: Locally owned indoor cycling and yoga studio.
Where: 221 1st St. N. #150