Describe your business:
I run a couple of small businesses in Redmond, WA. Aham Yoga is a full-service yoga studio with everything from yoga classes, beginners’ yoga to yoga teacher training’s and retreats. BollyWorks, is my Bollywood dance school that trains adults how to dance and have fun. We recently launched BollyWorks Fitness which is a Bollywood dance style workout and instructor certifications that we are super jazzed about.
What is the most important piece of your business:
My tribe…Being an immigrant I knew no one here 5 years ago. And slowly but surely, a yoga and dance community started forming. The whole thing was very organic and genuine. And grew stronger with time. This is undoubtedly the best and most valued part of my businesses. We still have people with us who started 4 plus years ago when our doors first opened.
Give some recommendations to moms from your perspective:
I am not a mom unless you count my 6-month-old German Shepard pup. But I am constantly surrounded by moms at the studios. Even though I do not fully get the struggles and joys of being a mom, I always encourage women to take a little time in their busy lives to focus on themselves for some time. And this doesn’t need to be something grand like spend the day at the spa but something simpler like mindfully enjoying your morning cup of tea for a few minutes or even listening to your favorite podcast while driving or doing laundry. Find what brings you joy and do more of it in small bits.
What’s mindset change you had after you began your practice:
I believe my entire being shifted. I moved from being shy, self-conscious, under confident and doubtful to being more comfortable in my own skin and loving myself even for my shortcomings. Yoga or movement is healing for the body and soul. And if you are looking to grow towards being stronger, happier and calmer, try any sort of movement. This could be yoga, dance, barre just anything to get out of the mind and into the body and notice how your perspective shifts.
How can people start this same journey?
I would like to answer this question in 2 parts – one as a wellness professional and two as an entrepreneur.
If you are looking to get healthier or fitter. Start small. Break down your big goal into small achievable bits. Depending on your lifestyle, you could get enrolled in a class once a week. Be consistent with it and give yourself time to get better at it. And don’t change that till you get really good at making it a part of your routine. Or if you are a busy mama unable to leave home then look online – so many options available nowadays to work out from home. Make it fun. Give yourself a reward for meeting your goals. I like to schedule things on my calendar and then it has to get done!
If you are looking to start your own small business, do your market research. See what people in similar fields are doing and take just one (simple) aspect of it and start chipping away at it. For me, this was building my Facebook presence a few years ago. You got to be authentic in what you do and people will often notice that. Don’t expect overnight success in anything you do. Keep your head down and do the work, things will manifest slowly. But you got to do the work and have fun doing it.
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