The photo above was taken a few weeks ago, here at Arctic Hive in Alaska.
This photo below was me as a brand new yoga studio owner in 2015:
Same smile and yet, so much has changed.
At the age of 28, I opened my first yoga studio in Montana. Hearing the business name for the first time was an aha-moment. Our last name is Busby (pronounced buzz-bee)… and I was not interested in naming the studio after myself but I knew I wanted “yoga” in the name.
My husband, Sean casually offered: Why don’t you just call it Yoga Hive?
The rest is history.
Bees — and thus, hives — are not only a beautiful symbol of community and sweetness and many other things, but also near and dear to our family’s heart and name.
So I found a local space to rent in Whitefish, and got to work on a business plan. I acquired some yoga props from a friend, invested in the business basics, and decorated my back alleyway studio (which had a concrete floor!) with droopy Christmas lights, prayer flags and a few tapestries. It was… eclectic, as you can see. But I loved it. The space felt cozy, and magical, and REAL.
Back in 2015, the studio was just as much a space for me to practice as it was for the yogis who showed up. I practiced, I taught, I worked on myself and searched for my authentic voice as a teacher, as an entrepreneur, and as a woman.
And search, I did.
It was easy to get swept away in the dream of expansion. Between opening new locations, moving locations, and opening yoga retreats venues, I’ve launched a total of ten yoga studio locations in the past seven years.
...one of which is the fabulous Yoga Hive Wisconsin studio in Waupaca that is still humming along today. So many of you reading this are able to enjoy multiple times a week which makes me so happy.
I have such deep gratitude for everyone that’s been a part of this ongoing Yoga Hive journey — seriously, all of you (yes, you!) who are reading this, thank you.
I’ve learned so much. After teaching thousands of yoga classes, employing over 100 yoga instructors nationwide, training over 120 yogis, hosting 20+ retreats, and traveling across the world to deepen my knowledge of these ancient teachings, I finally feel like I’ve finally found myself, in a studio that feels just like the first one — but looks nothing like it.
It’s here, at home in our arctic Yoga Hive, surrounded by mountains and Black Spruce Trees:
A seven year journey that led me… to me.
And it's my genuine hope that however you interact with Yoga Hive, that is has the same impact on you. (And I'm being completely honest when I say I'd love for you to reply to this email and tell me how yoga has changed your life.)
One more little plug — if you've been wanting to dive deep into yoga in the arctic but the fall dates never work in your schedule, we just launched April 2023 dates for SHEWild! I features a shorter, 7-day immersion at Arctic Hive. If it speaks to you, please reach out. Spaces are filling already!
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Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Mollie is a cheesehead transplant to Northwest Montana, with degrees in Retail and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, she lives off the grid, half the year in a Tiny House & half the year in a yurt — both of which she and her husband, Sean, built by hand. Nonprofit Executive Director by day, Mollie also owns and teaches at Yoga Hive — a chain of community yoga studios in the valley.