Back in 2005, I was demonstrating Yoga on stage as part of a large Fitness Convention held in Darling Harbour. I’d spotted a former Fitness Industry colleague and Lane Cove legend; Brenda McCartney, out there in the audience.
We made eye contact, and connected to chat after the session.
Brenda: “What are you doing with yourself?”
Me: “I’ve been teaching Yoga for 3 years, and am looking to start my own Yoga studio. What about you?”
Brenda: “I run a small Yoga school in Lane Cove and am currently looking to sell it. We should talk.”
The rest is history.
I bought her database, rebranded it as YOGABOWL - and I was off and running.
My strategy was always wanting to bring safe, do-able Yoga classes to real people like you. Like me. Like us.
I knew how to teach Yoga, though had NOT A CLUE about business, on any level. I kind of expected things would somehow just fall info place.
If I’d have been offered a look into the crystal ball back then, I’d honestly have been really surprised at how things would turn out.
How hard I’d have to work. Running a small business is like a brand new baby. It always needs attention, is a constant worry, and costs a lot of money and stress when you can’t be around to care for it.
Another part I wasn’t expecting was the warmth that the local Lane Cove Community offered me. I was made to feel at home, and really supported from day one.
Many of you have been with me from the start and are still going strong.
You wonderful souls know who you are, though may not know how grateful I am for you.
I was thrilled to celebrate Yogabowl’s 10th Birthday in October 2015.
We’ve survived the “small business curse”, and a GFC.
More importantly, we’ve formed a wonderful local community of like-minded souls who care - about their wellbeing, their community, and about making the world a better place.
In October 2016, we happily relocated Yogabowl literally next door, to (upstairs, in) Lane Cove Tennis Club. With windows and trees all around us, the fresh new space brings a wonderful renewed energy and feel to our Yoga space. We look forward to welcoming you there soon.
I am so glad we have you at Yoga Bowl and I''m really looking forward to another term of energising Yoga. I always feel great after a yoga practise with you.
I truly loved the Restorative Workshop, and still feeling it after three days. Please book me in for the next one!
John and I can''t tell you how much your yoga classes have made a difference in our life, while we often do different classes which mean different teachers, we love the variation this brings to our session...we can''t imagine how we have lived without Yoga for so long...and the weekend or the week for that matter is not the same unless we have gone to Yoga!!!..our bodies thank you!!...see you on Saturday and keep on doing what you do so well...we are yoga groupies now!
We love the workshops. They give you greater information, which is very beneficial in managing our wellbeing overall, and we love your holisitic approach in making these possible.
Thought you might appreciate some feedback after your instructions on the Sciatica stretch last week.
I have been practicing this stretch everyday x 2 and have noticed a considerable decrease in the pain.
I''ve had ongoing Sciatica pain since January, though since doing that stretch at home, the pain has mostly gone.
Of course my practice is not as precise as your instructions but it''s really helping. Thanks once again.
I just wanted to say thanks for yesterday’s partner class. I really enjoyed it. It was a really fun, interactive class that added another dimension to yoga.
Love my (corporate) yoga and remind myself (and friends) how privileged we are to have such a great instructor.
The free trial class this morning was WONDERFUL, and your customer service is spot on. We look forward to dealing with you.
I am really enjoying yoga and looking forward to each lesson of the new term. I feel it is doing me much good.
Thank you for your assistance earlier today.
I''m happy to say my daughter really enjoyed tonight''s Teens Yoga class. At pick up she was telling me how relaxing and peaceful the class was and how great she felt. She would love to continue with the classes.
So glad I discovered you today.