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.
Thank you so much for the wonderful experience I had in the Restorative Workshop last Sunday! I felt the nurturing, lightness of my being & the lovely energy in the room. Mary was such a wonderful presence, she looked after me! I am looking forward to next month''s workshop.
Thank you, thank you, thank you … I am re-focussed, re-purposed, re-born because of your wonderful Yoga classes. :)
Thank you for the warm welcome today - first time I''ve felt so welcomed at a yoga class. I thoroughly enjoyed the deep stretching.
Thank you for running an excellent Yoga school.
Don''t ever feel that your efforts are not appreciated - you positively influence more people than you can imagine!
I''m writing to say how much I loved the Restorative Workshop yesterday. It was beyond fabulous.
Thank you (and Jo) for your generosity and talents – it was divine to be on the receiving end of such love and skill.
What a delicious journey Yoga has been this year under your guidance. Your precise attention to details (but yet with a sense of humor), sandwiched between the warmth and the caring nature that you exhibit as an insightful instructor have led us to appreciate and enjoy our yoga practice in ways we could only have dreamt of when we started our yoga journey back in March this year - and for that we have You to thank for.
I found the Restorative session absolutely wonderful! It was relaxing and I definitely felt pampered. Highly recommend it to others. Your soothing voice nearly lulled me to sleep!!
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.
Thank you for a beautiful Restorative workshop last night. Friday evenings are a great way to finish the week and calm down before the weekend kids sport / activities kick in. 2 hours seemed like 40 minutes! Many thanks to you & Anne.