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Meet Amber Villanueva of 721 Yoga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amber Villanueva.

Amber, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I had a botched surgery when I was 20 that left me with a ton of complications including my weight skyrocketing to 267 lbs and my daughter’s birth to be premature. I started doing Zumba and running to lose weight which led me to start teaching Zumba some and I started to manage and organize national touring running events (Firefly Run, The Rave Run, Color Fun Fest, Trinity River Run, The Lantern Run, Hawaiian Falls 5k, Rhythm and Blues Half Marathon.) It was a blast but I was still in so much pain from the surgery. I had a slew of doctors throwing pain pills and muscle relaxers at me, I knew it was a terrible path to live and I couldn’t manage the companies or be the mom I wanted to be so I knew I had to go back to my holistic roots. Growing up my mom instilled the importance of turning to the earth for healing. I changed my diet and lifestyle. I started doing yoga as physical therapy and not only was my pain gone, but I was happier! Yoga started to change my life in ways I never imagined! Wanting to deepen my practice, I applied for a scholarship at Soul Motivation with Joseph Stingley. Little did I know where it would take me! I opened my private yoga practice, 721 Yoga, at the beginning of 2017.

Has it been a smooth road since?
I think it’s easier to work for someone else. Knowing when you’ll work and having a stopping time, knowing how much money you’ll make; it’s comfortable. Honestly though, starting your own company is easy as well. I think the hardest part for me was deciding on a name, the real challenge is having enough self-control. Self-control to realize your goals, set them and achieve them each and every day. Your business will not work if you don’t. But also, setting boundaries. I sometimes find myself answering emails really late at night or working multiple days without giving myself time for self-care. Finding balance and setting your boundaries is key! I’ve been doing everything on my own and I’m really not tech savvy. Creating and designing a website was probably the most challenging. I had a few people offer to do it for me but I knew I had to teach myself because I wanted to be able to make changes as I wanted. Making it mobile and desktop friendly was a huge challenge.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
721 Yoga has a few different meanings but one of my favorites is 7 letters, 2 words, 1 meaning- Love You. Love You Yoga. I wanted to share love with others but also, I wanted others to remember to love themselves first. How do you do that? Self-care! I teach a few different types of yoga classes including a Baron Baptiste style power yoga and a relaxing restorative yoga, I do health coaching and workshops (check out Those Healthy Yoga Girls on Instagram,) meditation coaching, aromatherapy, I offer massage with one of the BEST therapists in Dallas, Jose Morales. I also do virtual privates- teaching via Facetime or Skype to clients around the country. In addition to my private practice, I teach at a few local gyms and I do donation based Yoga in The Park events, mostly in DFW but I also host them wherever I travel. With my background in the running events, specifically night events, I’m carrying that over to yoga. I’m working on having monthly Glowga (glow yoga) events. Basically, yoga under black lights with glow in the dark body paint and LED accessories set to EDM music.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Dallas is great! I think it’s the best state to have a start up in tax wise and Dallas is growing so much! The economy is booming. At any time you look at our skyline, you’ll see a handful of cranes. Buildings going up, people moving here, large corporations relocating their headquarters here. All those people need yoga! The sky is the limit! Yoga is really popular in many large cities and there are even more registered teachers but you do have to think outside of the box to survive.

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Jessica Zachary Ibarra & Robert Lawrence

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