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.
The feedback was really positive. The team got a lot from the Corporate Yoga session. Please pass on our thanks to the teacher.
So glad we have you in our lives, Mitch - you do wonderful things for the earth and the people in it x
Don''t ever feel that your efforts are not appreciated - you positively influence more people than you can imagine!
Congratulations on your 10th Birthday.
I have enjoyed every class I have attended over the years. I wish you and your team all the very best and many more successful years.
Thanks for the lovely welcome back this morning. I had such great time and loved the class.
Thank you so much for a wonderful term! I''ve found the Corporate Yoga sessions so relaxing and look forward to the next term.
Thank you for providing this source of nurturing, or to quote you, "self cafe" which is profoundly important to our ongoing health & wellbeing.
Thank you so much to you and Mary for the beautiful Restorative workshop. I really appreciate the love and support you provided to Mum - she absolutely loved it and I got so much more out of the class knowing she was well looked after.
You have given me so much support and spiritual guidance in my yoga journey. I am truly going to miss you and I really hope our paths cross again.
You touch people''s lives every day. The way that you care for your students, encourage them to grow, be with themselves, know themselves, and be kind to themselves makes a huge difference to people''s lives. It has made a huge difference to me. And I''m so glad that I know you.