The only way to do great work is to love what you do. — Steve Jobs
This Yoga journey is quite the rollercoaster. I intended to blog regularly (looking back you can see that I clearly haven't made time for that). I have been running myself ragged working a full time job and working to get the studio set up, marketing it and trying to publicise within my limited budget and very limited time. I often find myself awake at 2am thinking about how to promote the studio and my services...it's exhausting.
It's easy to lose sight of how far I have come since this time last year, because it has been such a whirlwind. I'm going to be a bit self indulgent now, because once again, awake at 2am I have had a moment to take stock.
In the 12 months, I have moved house (again...there's a story there!), started teaching Adult Yoga classes at the school where I work, moved on to offer Yoga classes at Riley-Smith Hall in Tadcaster and found the wonderful venue at Hornington Manor where I started another class in September.
I did my Reiki II qualification last July with the amazing Tanja Schmeer, and starting working with Jo at Core Beauty in October offering Reiki treatments, before I had a dedicated space of my own.
For several months, I studied theory and practical skills of Sports Massage, and finally completed an L3 Sports Massage qualification in December through York Holistic Training, all whilst working full time in my 'day job'.
Fate or the Universe stepped in, and I found this wonderful space at East Keswick Village Hall (or maybe the space found me) and I decided to take the plunge and open my own studio...this was all before Christmas.
Fast forward to February, the Studio opened and I began marketing small, bespoke yoga classes for a maximum of 6 people, ideally suited to beginners and improvers.
I booked a sports massage in February at The Health Barn in Askham, Cumbria and the SMT used Wavestone hot stones during the massage, which I thought was amazing; the stones are made of white jade and transmit far infra-red rays, which then penetrate deeper into the soft tissue. I attended a course in March and can now offer hot stones and advanced massage as well.
Like I said, it's been a rollercoaster, a complete whirlwind and just simply extremely busy. But I love it, I love all of it. The classes, sports massage, the 1:1 yoga classes that are becoming more popular. I've started combining Yoga with massage as I can see when clients start to open up about their aches and pains that the lengthening and mobilising that we start with yoga can be enhanced by adding some massage at the end.
My next course is on Guided Meditation, which starts soon. I am looking forward to including elements in my Yoga classes as well as adding some meditation and mindfulness to the studio timetable.
The potential of yoga is infinite, I see so many benefits to all walks of life, ages, levels of fitness and mobility, and to improve the health of people suffering from many different medical conditions and ailments.
Employers are now seeing the benefits of investing time and money into their employees, and more are offering Yoga at lunchtimes or before/after working hours; some employers will subsidise staff massage sessions as well. Please contact me if you'd like me to come set this up for you!
Yoga at Endure24 Leeds 28-30 June 2019
Yoga Retreat at Hornington Manor 2 - 4 July 2019
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