Their Life's Work: Siblings now must run their yoga studio out of their Elgin and Streamwood homes, online

  • Evelyn Castro conducts a virtual yoga class using her laptop and the Zoom application in her Streamwood living room.

      Evelyn Castro conducts a virtual yoga class using her laptop and the Zoom application in her Streamwood living room. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
 
Posted4/8/2020 5:30 AM
Illinois has more than 1 million small businesses. Each proprietor has a story to tell about how things have changed dramatically for them with the onset of the coronavirus, how they’re adapting, how they’re trying to hold it together and how their life’s work hangs in the balance. Here is another profile of three suburban small business owners in the third part of a continuing series.

When siblings Evelyn and Kevin Castro were forced to close Vida Yoga and Fitness in Elgin, she transitioned her daily yoga classes from the physical mats in their storefront to the virtual mats of the internet.

Clients work out with them through the video meeting app Zoom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Kevin leads a cardio class from his apartment above the business each morning, while Evelyn leads at least one yoga class daily from her Streamwood living room.

"As Latinos we mainly want to bring diversity into the yoga industry," she said. "We want everyone to have the benefits of yoga. We are trying to stay connected for everybody's peace of mind. It's day by day for now."

• Do you know of a suburban small business with a compelling story to tell about working through the pandemic? Send photo director Jeff Knox a detailed email with LIFE'S WORK in the subject line at jknox@dailyherald.com, and we'll consider it.

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