Running the Folded Leaf over the past few years has not always been easy, Woody said. Some months, she had barely any money left over for her when the bills we're paid. She said she's lucky to have a husband with a steady income the couple can rely on.
"Someone else might have tucked tail had they needed a specific amount of income from it," she said.
For the most part, though, business is strong and growing, she said.
"My attendance for May 2012 beat the attendance for January 2011 by a lot," she said. "That's our busiest months -- January and February. [Summer] is typically the time of year when attendance wanes."
As a business owner, the prospect of having another yoga studio close by is a concern for her, Woody said.
"I absolutely want as much yoga to be available to as many people as possible.... As a business owner, there's a little bit of concern. I wish Emily well and I want to see her do well. So far I've not seen any negative consequences."
Woody, who seeks out a place to practice yoga any time she travels, said finding multiple yoga studios in one city typically isn't a problem. Yoga has become more mainstream in recent years, but Woody said the Charleston area and much of the South has been slow to embrace it.
"There seems to be a very southern thing -- the lack of progressive thought," she said. "At the same time other places I can find lots of places for yoga. Places like Louisville are a hot spot for yoga."
Jones said she doesn't think having two yoga studios in Charleston will be a problem.
"There's such a need," she said. "Everybody wants to feel good. Everyone wants to improve their health ... I feel like there is enough demand for everyone."
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