GREENWOOD, Ind. -- A Greenwood business is working to meet a need for people living south of Indianapolis.
Root 2 Rise is fairly new to the area, but it's already getting a lot of attention and new growth. Just like the name, the yoga studio and juice bar encourages clients to be rooted in something so you can rise up to be your best self.
The seeds of Root 2 Rise Wellness may have been planted long ago when two women started health journeys of their own. After seeing success with yoga and juicing in their own lives, the pair wanted to bring more options for holistic health to the south side.
Elaine Elliot is one of the owners of the new Root to Rise juice bar and yoga studio in Greenwood. The location opened up back in the Spring across from Sam's Club near Emerson Avenue and Main Street.
"There wasn't a juice bar at all in Greenwood or the south side," says Elliot. "We wanted to bring this to people living on the south side."
Elliot has been working in the health community for nearly ten years in a variety of positions, where she eventually connected with her now business partner, Cathie. The two noticed a gap in holistic care in Greenwood and parts of the south side.
"The south side is growing, and many healthier types of people don't have access to these types of options," says Elliot. "There are yoga studios more towards Center Grove and also down in Franklin, so we wanted to meet a need in other parts of Greenwood and also Franklin Township."
With yoga and juicing being new to many south side clients, Root 2 Rise works to make their classes and services beginner-friendly. They started slow, offering beginner workshops in yoga to help first-time yogis feel more comfortable and accepted.
"It's not your typical gym. This is not instagram. We aren't doing the splits."
Elliot says the instructors for the yoga class are very hands-on to help with alignment. And as far as the juice bar for newbies, they have been working the past few months to let people sample anything they want as an introduction to the different varieties available to customers.
They are also using the studio and juice bar as a wellness center, offering health consultations to clients looking to make healthy lifestyle changes.
"A lot of people are on a lot of medications and they aren't a lot of holistic health options in this area," says Elliot. "So this gives them more options."
In terms of pricing, Elliot says she knows that yoga and juicing can seem expensive at first. But she challenges people to look back on their monthly health care costs for medication and doctor visits to compare and put things into perspective.
Root 2 Rise is working to encourage people in the community to give them a try by offering more beginner workshops this fall, attending wellness festivals, and collaborating with other south side businesses.