New shop on Jay Street in Schenectady hopes to guide, ground locals on their spiritual journey

Grounded Goddess' owner Christina Maisonette is seen conversing inside her shop on Jay Street in Schenectady.

Grounded Goddess' owner Christina Maisonette is seen conversing inside her shop on Jay Street in Schenectady.

Schenectady’s Jay Street is known for its artistic shops and cafes, as well as being open only to pedestrian traffic. The quaint, tranquil oasis downtown recently welcomed a new member — Grounded Goddess, a metaphysical supply store.

The shop, founded and owned by Schenectady native Christina Maisonette, started with the intention of creating an open space for her community — in line with the street’s history for bring Schenectadians together. Maisonette hopes her shop will be a place to come together, heal, and feel comfortable starting the spiritual journey.

“There are businesses online that sell crystals and sage, but do not offer a platform for individuals to gain more information. We constantly get messages from people asking how to start their journey. I figured the best way to help was to offer a physical presence where people could come not only to obtain the tools but gain a safe community in the process,” she said.

The shop, which held its ribbon cutting in mid-September, offers a variety of services, including monthly classes in yoga, meditation, journaling and soul sessions. Individuals can purchase a multitude of empirical supplies including therapeutic-grade essential oils, crystals, journals, books, candles, smudges and tarot decks. Grounded Goddess also maintains an herb station where individuals can find over 30 different herbs for their personal use.

“Jay Street was the perfect location and is deeply special to me,” Maisonette said. “As a kid, my grandmother would come up from Brooklyn every summer and take me to the Open Door Bookstore, across the street from our location. We would buy and read books while she drank coffee, it became a tradition for us. The ability to open this business here means everything to me.”

Grounded Goddess offers classes at a variety of time slots so people can schedule according to their personal life. The meditation classes are facilitated by Maisonette herself, while other classes are run by contracted specialists. Registration for each class is done online to ensure space and implement necessary COVID-19 protocols.

“I am a certified meditation teacher, so I lead all meditation courses and enjoy doing so. The instructors for other classes are outsourced,” she said. “We also wanted to open this space to aid other individuals in getting their business off the ground. Other entrepreneurs are able to work with us so they are able to gain exposure themselves.”

Maisonette attempts to make Grounded Goddess’ classes as unique as possible. The primary goal of each class is to facilitate healing that is central to the individual.

The courses range from traditional yoga to more unconventional practices such as Japanese reiki.

“Within journaling circles, we all gather, bring a journal, wear comfortable clothing, and then write on a different prompt each session, she said. “You can share your journaling with the class or keep it to yourself. Sharing is totally up to the person, but the journaling process itself helps people let go of things that they are holding in. Each class is different in soul sessions, though the core theme is trying to mix fun with healing. One class that we have in a couple of weeks starts with a light meditation, and then the class will engage in painting on canvases, in an effort to release inner creativity.”

Maisonette began her own spiritual journey approximately six years ago, with the passing of her father. About six months after she suffered this loss, she also lost her grandmother. Maisonette turned to spirituality wishing to keep their memories alive and overcome her devastation.

“I had spiritual grandmothers growing up as a child. My grandmother used to bring me crystals from Brooklyn and teach me a few things about the practice,” she said. “As I got older, I didn’t feel a need to seek spirituality so it dissipated from my mind. When I lost both my father and grandmother, my grandmother’s teaching came back to me. My dad was my best friend, I wanted to keep his presence strong with me. This began my journey into meditation, crystals, and journaling.”

As Maisonette progressed in her personal life, she understood that many people would be able to benefit from her experience. Sharing her knowledge and aiding others with their pain, became a goal she set out to achieve.

“This just expanded into this beautiful journey,” said a thankful Maisonette. “We are very grateful to have this space, not just for us, but for others as well. This is something that I never thought would happen for me. I want to show people that there are outlets and ways that you can properly manage the things you go through in life.”

Maisonette operates her business while also raising her three sons and, in between being a mother and an entrepreneur, she still makes time to practice healing strategies herself, meditating twice a day.

“I meditate in the morning for fifteen minutes and then at night for an hour. Evening meditation helps me relieve my day and show gratitude, so it’s a longer process. My sons are aged 19, 18 and 11. I wouldn’t know how to deal with them without meditation,” she laughed.

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