We had the good fortune of connecting with Lola Scarborough, Ph.D and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lola, how does your business help the community or world?
We live in a constantly changing, ever-anxious world, over which we exercise very little real control. Illness, job loss, heartbreak, death, random shootings, unstable financial markets and chaotic politics are a part of our daily landscape now. It’s hard to find a safe place to relax and experience a feeling of health and wellness in a relaxed manner. And we laugh. A lot!
The environment at Yoga Lola provides a safe haven to everyone who enters. It is a peace and love-filled environment. Not only does the yoga and meditation provide health and relaxation, it allows participants to enter into a community that is in harmony with itself. The energy healing work (Reiki and crystals) also helps participants heal from car accidents, surgeries, and other physical injuries, as well as emotional conditions such as divorce, emotional trauma, and anxiety.
At Yoga Lola we encourage those in our community to practice SEVA, or selfless service, by helping others in need. We message that charitable giving and acts of charity are an essential part of self-development and that gratitude is the attitude of prosperity. This is how we help participants lift themselves and others up in this increasingly heavy world. The impact is significant – over the 12 years we’ve been in business, we’ve touched more than 6,000 lives.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I worked in Corporate America from the time I was 17 until I was 48 and we opened Yoga Lola Studios. In many of the roles, I was a writer and a project manager. My favorite kind of project were what I called the “impossibles,” i.e., projects that big, tough, and dirty. I also loved and still love real estate. My favorite kind is, of course, the ‘”impossibles,” i.e., homes that strike terror in the average person’s heart when they look at it. I am a healer and a creative, and in both instances, these personality traits draw me to heal the broken. Although I’m no longer in corporate life, I am still rehabbing real estate when I can get my hands on it. Our yoga studio is another one of my real estate rehab successes. I took a broken down, beat-up, ugly little farm house and transformed it into a beautiful and simple-but-elegant yoga studio. It took years, it took money, it took time, but it was so worth it. My last big real estate project was two years ago when we bought our home, which was in “impossibles” shape. Now it is gorgeous and serene and people are blown away by its beauty. I have been writing poetry since I was 10 years old; it is a very powerful mode of personal expression. I’m also a poetess and a writer. I recently published a book of poems, “Molten Woman”. I also spent years researching breast care and recently published a book sharing my findings in “Fighting for Our Tits.” I plan to publish a few more books in the future. All of the qualities above have been rolled into my business, Yoga Lola Studios. It is a marriage between my business skills and creativity. We welcome everyone into our warm, creative and loving environment. There is no such thing as an “impossibles” in our book – we’re here to uncover the beauty in all things.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Day 1: I’d take my friend to our studio first, to do a little yoga. Then, I’d hook them up with a hands on healing and aromatherapy session with me! Afterwards, we’d head out to Chelsea’s Wine Bar for a snack and some wine, and catch up on news. Day 2: Weather permitting, we’d head to my house and take the kayak out for a dip in the bayou and visit Tom Hopkins park in Dickinson. Day 3: Galveston, of course! We’d hang out on the beach until lunch and then drive over the Mosquito Cafe for lunch. Next up would be acupuncture with Clint at Hooked on Acupuncture on the Strand for a little healing. Then a quick visit to the Witchery of course! Day 4: Head out of League City and into Houston to check out the different museums and parks, and find a yoga studio to pop into and do a little evening yoga! In the evening, find a play to attend. Day 5; Chill out in Dickinson and League City. Barbeque up some veggie burgers and roast some corn, and finish it off with some Key Lime pie from Main Street Bistro. Watch a movie or two and talk about the next time we get together!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I shoutout to my husband, Kevin Post, for his unwavering support over the last 12 years of business. Any time it is needed, Kevin digs into his own pockets to keep the Studio afloat … he did it through Harvey and now again through COVID. His faith in our mission is unshakeable. I also shoutout to the extraordinary circle of individuals in our community who have supported us through thick and thin and who make Yoga Lola unsinkable in even the worst of times. It is the faith and loyalty of our community that makes every struggle Kevin and I have undergone worth it!