A few years back I was only teaching a 5:45am class at a local yoga studio. Yes, early morning before the sun comes up yoga! I had a hard core group of about 5 yogi's that would come to class on a semi-regular basis, but it seemed like I didn't ever have more than three people at a time. Because I was paid by how many people came to class I tried to think of a way that I could get other people interested in taking my 5:45am class. I spoke with Watts at Revolution Cycles and he seemed pretty interested in me teaching a community class for cyclists at his space, but nothing came of it for awhile. In the mean time I was exhausted balancing the many things in my life and it seemed like maybe I just wasn't a good enough yoga teacher. I mean I only had 3 people coming to my classes on any given day. I stopped teaching yoga for a month or so and then Watts asked me if I would still do the bike shop class.
I'm not one to go back on a commitment so I said "sure" thinking I'd only teach at the bike shop for a month or so. But a funny thing happened, people came to class, not just 1 or 3, but many people came to class. They seemed to like my style, they seemed to actually like taking a class with me. I was astounded. I love teaching, but I didn't figure that meant I was any good at it. There are many things I love that I'm not very good at.
This began a year of teaching at the bike shop, I started working on my 500 hour certification and I decided it was time to get serious. By get serious, my only intention was to decide what I ultimately wanted to do with teaching yoga. The bike shop was the perfect place for this journey to begin, I developed a regular schedule with clients, I created a website, and I started to figure out what I ultimately wanted to do with teaching, I finally knew what direction I wanted to take my yoga. I wanted to open a studio. I began writing a business plan figuring it would be 3-5 years before I actually had my own brick and mortar studio.
A word to the wise, be very careful what you physically write out. Putting pen to paper is a powerful thing.
Another powerful thing is to share your plans with your friends and family. My fellow was very supportive and I had friends that sent me craig list adds of spaces for rent that looked right for a yoga studio. I didn't think I was ready until I went to visit a space that was beautiful and the landlord was completely on board with the idea of a yoga studio, they might have been more excited about the prospect than I was since I had a heathy dose of fear mixed in. I knew this was what I had to do, and why not do it now? It seemed like everything was heading in the right direction.
In the end that first promising space didn't work out, but by the time it didn't work out, I had the business plan, the website, the facebook page, the props (lots of props sitting in the way at my house taking up space) the drive, the clients, I was ready to go. We kept looking for the right space, when I found 219 Summit, Avenue.
219 summit is not perfect, but there is a lot right with it for a studio. Sometimes things don't need to be perfect to begin, you just need to do them. The time was right, I'm not having children so why not birth a yoga studio? This type of creation seems to cause as much stress, sleepless nights and time away from friends and family. Just like with having children, it's completely worth it. I'm confident the studio will do well. I spend no less than 15 hours a week physically in the studio and there are many more behind the scenes marketing and planning hours, but what else does one do with their life than pursue their passions?
Greensboro Community Yoga opened Dec. 5th of 2012 because teaching yoga is my passion. Sharing yoga with my community is a passion, helping people feel good about themselves and their bodies is very important to me. I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing with my time. Yes, I'm exhausted, yes the laundry is piled high, yes I don't get to run or ride as much as I'd like, or spend enough time with my fella and the dogs, but it's worth it. I know that I'm growing Greensboro Yoga Community, and maybe by the time I'm done I'll have built the type of studio that I want to be practicing in, with a wide variety of classes, and teachers, hard classes that will challenge me and beginner classes that will keep my practice grounded. That is what I'm building. If you are in the area, stop in we'd love to see you take a class.
I hope that my journey will inspire you to put pen to paper and follow your dreams too.