Owner: Hilary Steinberg
Year founded: 2011
Street address: 320 S. State St., Clarks Summit
Hours of operation: Open seven days a week. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Main telephone number: 570-319-1726
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
What are some of the specialized services you offer to customers?
Yoga; Pilates; Kids Yoga; Adaptive Yoga; Teen Yoga; Meditation; Specialized Workshops, including Acro Yoga Workshops; Chakra Workshops; Essential Oil Workshops, Yoga for Athletes; and Yoga for Runners.
What is the best part of owning your own business?
The best part about owning my own business is getting to know people and having the opportunity to be a part of something meaningful. I can’t put into words what the Jaya Yoga community means to me. Jaya has built a community of people who support each other, laugh together and encourage one other. At the end of each yoga class, the word “Namaste” is exchanged between teacher and student. “Namaste” means, “I bow to the divine in you.” Essentially, the word acknowledges the soul that makes us each unique and similar at the same time. Ray Charles said it better than me, “What is a soul? It’s like electricity — we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.” The light from Jaya can light northeastern Pennsylvania and then some.
What are some ways your business serves the community?
A large part of yoga is “seva” or “service,” and we try as a studio to be of service to our community as much as possible. Jaya coordinates many yoga fundraisers, such as the annual Yoga on the Roof to benefit the NEPA Philharmonic; DownDog Days of Summer, where all proceeds benefit the Sgt. Jan Argonish Ride; Vinyasa and Vibrations, where all proceeds went to a local family where two minor children were suddenly left without parents; Yoga for a Broken Heart, a grief yoga class where all proceeds benefit suicide prevention awareness; Yoga for Nepal, where all proceeds went to UNICEF; and The Longest Day, an all-day yoga marathon where proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Several of our instructors participate in after-school programs to teach yoga, breath and mediation techniques to children. As well as being a presence at local health fairs, we participate in running programs and wellness events to raise awareness and offer tips for a healthy lifestyle.
What does owning a business mean to you?
Owning a business gives me the opportunity to do something meaningful with my life, my way. It affords me the opportunity to share something I love and something that inspires me with others. Jaya reminds me everyday of everything I have to be grateful for.
What is the number one thing you want your customers to know about your business?
As we say at Jaya, “life is all about choices,” and if you choose Jaya you become a part of a very special and unique community.
— Stephanie Longo