The “Native Business Top 50 Entrepreneurs” list serves to elevate awareness of the innovation, professionalism, competence and tenacity demonstrated by Native entrepreneurs across Indian Country. Native Business is rolling out profiles of these 50 Native entrepreneurs online, in no particular hierarchy, to document and memorialize their innovation and self-determination. The inaugural class of the Native Business Top 50 Entrepreneurs recognizes leaders across 13 business sectors, demonstrating the diversity of industries where Natives are making an impact. Among the entrepreneurs recognized in our Beauty & Wellness sector is Haley Laughter.
Haley Laughter’s yoga studio is Mother Nature and conference venues. “Giving Natives access to yoga means that I have to be mobile. I’m bringing yoga to our people,” says Laughter (Navajo), founder and CEO of Hozho Total Wellness.
Laughter launched Hozho Total Wellness in 2015 to help Natives release stress and historical trauma through yoga, a practice intended to heal the mind, body and spirit. Today, she travels to host energizing yoga classes and brief breaks of stretching and movement at business conferences across Indian Country.
This year, Hozho Total Wellness will begin offering 200-Hour Registered Indigenous Yoga Teacher Training. Laughter is also in the process of formalizing an Indigenous Yoga Instructors Association, launching a YouTube channel, and creating a crowdfunding platform to build an Indigenous Yoga app — ”so every reservation has access to yoga,” she says. A Hozho Total Wellness t-shirt line is coming soon.