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December Aviatra of the Month: Rachel Roberts, The Yoga Bar

Rachel Roberts discovered the importance and power of yoga over 20 years ago. Then, after traveling the world and studying with some of the most talented yogis, she knew she wanted to open her own yoga studio.

In October 2010, that dream came true, and Rachel Roberts opened The Yoga Bar in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. The Yoga is a traditional, non-hot yoga shala, offering a full menu of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative and mindfulness classes. Yoga Bar offers yoga retreats in places as exotic as Bali and as close to home as Hocking Hills, Ohio and is home to Northern Kentucky’s premier teacher training program, Bija Yoga School. The Yoga Bar has also been voted the best yoga in the region.

Rachel went through the Aviatra Accelerators program in 2015 and was awarded a $25,000 low-interest loan. In addition to receiving the capital she needed, Rachel also got the tools she needed to grow her business.

Since going through our program, Rachel has built The Yoga Bar into a thriving hub for community involvement and charitable fundraising. Her clients include partnerships with The Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, FC Cincinnati, Newport on the Levee, as well as some of the area’s most respected employers.

“When it came time to grow my business, I wanted to do so on the most solid footing I could. I attended the Aviatra program to develop my expanded business plan and learn to navigate the financial implications of growth. The course was like a mini-MBA and gave me the tools I needed to take the next step, including accessing the capital my businesses needed.” – Rachel Roberts, The Yoga Bar

Click here to make a donation in honor of Rachel.


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