The Indiana Small Business Development Center recently honored Bodyworks Studio with its Community Impact Award.
According to an Indiana SBDC press release: Bodyworks Studio, founded by Natasha Walters in 2011, is a yoga studio that offers programs and services aimed at boosting Hoosiers’ physical, emotional and spiritual health. At its two locations in Logansport and Monticello, the company provides yoga classes for all body types and fitness levels and nutrition programs emphasizing locally-grown products.
Walters says she discovered the path of holistic health after feeling helpless during her grandparents’ battle with cancer. During that time, she spent countless hours by their side at doctors’ appointments and hospital stays where she noticed that only one thing was being addressed: symptoms.
“I started this because my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer,” Walters said. “I began doing research and that’s what took me on the path of starting to understand food and nutrition.”
Walters said that healing symptoms is just the tip of the iceberg – for true healing to occur, one must get to the root of the disease which includes a close look at nutrition, as well as addressing the whole person and their stress levels, emotional imbalances and spiritual fitness.
According to Walters, this new awareness led her to leave her corporate job and study yoga and holistic nutrition.
Walters would go on to complete her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program through Corepower Yoga in Denver, Colorado and at Yogaview in Chicago, Illinois. She administered an Affiliate 200-Hour Teacher Training Program with Rolf Gates, world-renowned yoga teacher and author of “Mediations from the Mat” and “Meditations on Intention and Being” at Bodyworks Studio.
Walters said a main goal of hers is to be of service to those who feel confused and frightened by lack of knowledge about true health. Her research into the subject shined light upon just how little access to fresh food that even she had.
“What we found in Eat Fresh Cass County [a Cass County Resource Network task force] is that there’s a lack of it – we don’t have it here, we don’t have enough growers here, we don’t have a system that’s working together to provide food in this area … there’s a major deficit.”
For Earth Day, Bodyworks Studio, along with two other local companies – Rabble Rousers Farm to Truck and Black Dog Coffee – teamed up to bring a special screening of the documentary “Sustainable: A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America” to the State Theatre in downtown Logansport.
Along with Bodyworks Studio’s local food initiatives, Walters volunteers at the Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility, teaching young offenders through the facility’s Insight Garden Program, which combines permaculture gardening principles with mediation and mindfulness techniques to support their acclimation back into society.
Bodyworks Studio was one of 14 small businesses to be honored yesterday for their work to help grow Indiana’s economy and strengthen local communities across the state.
“With more than 512,000 companies employing 1.2 million Hoosiers, small businesses play a critical role in maintaining long-term economic growth in Indiana and supporting good jobs in our communities,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the IEDC, in a press release. “As a state, we’re committed to building on the entrepreneurial climate that has helped launch companies like the ones being honored today and equipping Hoosier innovators with the tools they need to start and grow their dream businesses.”
Each award winner will receive business counseling from the Indiana SBDC.
The Small Business Impact Awards annually honor small businesses that received assistance form the organization’s 10 regional offices.
Reach Quentin Blount at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-732-5130.