Ten years ago today. “Isn’t that amazing,” Scotta Brady asks of her Butterfly Yoga studio in Fondren, celebrating an anniversary. Started with no loans and $1,000, Brady and one student began practicing out of Gallery 119 at 119 South President Street in downtown Jackson. “The key was to never stretch beyond my means. Baby steps,” she says. A year later, Brady moved to Baubles and Beads which was in the place where Bank Plus’ parking lot is now. Two and half years later, she was in her current location across the road at 3025 North State.

Brady says there weren’t many options for yoga in Jackson at the time. She said there were studios in Ridgeland and Clinton, but she wanted to offer something here. A decade later, the practice has grown exponentially, with dozens of clients, a staff of instructors and the use of her space for other fitness related classes and workshops.

The approach at Butterfly is a “heart centered, biomechanically precise flow” Brady tells us. And she is proud of her practitioners, students and teachers. “We’ve trained great teachers in their own rights and gained a following of dedicated students.” Brady is also an in-demand clinician all over the Southeast. “It’s a great honor to do that,” she tells us.

Brady is philosophical – and practical in her advice for new business owners to help them look toward a ten year anniversary of their own: “If you have a dream and follow it; you can be successful.”