My journey into entrepreneurship and the land of teaching yoga
In 2004 I stepped into my first yoga class and walked out thinking, huh…well that was strange. Luckily for me, the practice kept calling my name and I found myself in downward facing dog time and time again. A few years later, when my life became so busy I hardly recognized myself, yoga became my saving grace. I was juggling a job, an internship, and I was in my senior year of college. My mind was a mess and my body a wreck, but yoga gave me a chance to heal and think clearly. At the time, I was practicing at a donation-based studio called Yoga To The People, and when I stepped out of that studio and onto the streets of Berkeley, California, I was no longer tense in my shoulders, mad at my boyfriend, or worried about my job performance and finances. I felt peace, and my life was forever changed.
Fast forward a few years, I found myself once again at a point where my worklife was running my whole life. I was tired of competing in a saturated job market and working for other people. In fact I was so tired of it, that one day I woke up and said f*@# it! I’m going into business for myself and I’m opening a yoga studio! A donation-based one of course, because I had to give back what yoga (and Yoga To The People) had given me. So, in 2013 I opened the doors to Be The Change Yoga & Wellness in San Jose, CA.
Immersing myself in the practice, study and business of yoga, I heard my calling to teach and enrolled in a 200 hour training with one of the best teachers in the world, Mark Stephens at Santa Cruz Yoga. Nearing the end of the course, I had already begun to miss it and that’s when the idea of Love Teaching Yoga came to me. If you’re a yoga teacher too, then you know the learning never ends, so I wanted to create a nurturing environment for teachers to learn, grow and support one another just as teacher trainings do.
As simple as it may seem to outsiders, teaching yoga is actually a very complex practice to teach, and just like any profession, there’s always emerging trends, ideas, technologies and advancements in our understanding of the practice and profession themselves. Being in the midst of the internet changing how we exchange and receive information, I knew that an online platform would enable us to reach more teachers while making resources more affordable and accessible. I believe in the power of numbers, and that the love and support of a passionate tribe is what determines the success of any yoga teacher and thus, the impact that we make on the world as whole. It is my purest intention to provide value, inspiration, quality information and a place for yoga teachers to come together from around the globe. Together, we will make this world a brighter place. Namaste!