Sara Maloney’s passion for yoga is exceeded only by her enthusiasm and commitment to her crowd funding concept: Buddha Bus Yoga. Her idea is to bring a fully-equipped yoga studio to places that don’t have the space, equipment, or ability to run their own yoga classes—locations like offices, college campuses, and community centers.

“I really found a home in yoga,” she explains. “I want other people to feel that way, too.” A certified yoga instructor herself, Sara will show up at your locale with yoga mats, blocks, and music and take your group through a complete yoga class.

The goal is to make the experience as stress-free as possible for the people participating. In fact, she wants the organizations she’s contracting with to pay for the class and then offer it free as an HR perk to employees or an exam week stress-buster to students. “The most important part to me is that the people coming to the class are never going to pay for the class. All they need to do is show up and they’ll have their mats provided to them.”  

What’s interesting about Sara is that she’s majoring in Public Health, not Entrepreneurship. But combining the two has been a perfect fit for her. “I'm honestly blessed to be able to study public health at the same time that I'm studying how to make a living out of public health,” she says.

Like all the students in the Crowd Funding class, she’s tapped into other parts of the University for assistance; the Law School helped with her trademark and NESAD designed her logo. “To have those resources has been amazing,” she enthuses. “Everyone says, ‘Oh my god, I can't believe you're starting a company as a student.’ I can't imagine starting a company not as a student.”