This week, Friday to be exact, marks the 14th anniversary of my ownership of Yoga West. (Same date as my youngest’s birthday!). I never would have figured myself as a small business owner. Too many unknowns, too much uncertainly, and no guarantee of a paycheck. I like certainty, plans and schedules. I have always been good at problem solving; cutting through the weeds and the chatter to identify issues and put processes in place to resolve them or making decisions that are tough but necessary to thrive. Small business ownership is certainly not for the faint of heart!
It’s interesting to look back and see how much has changed in our community and in what I like to call “Yogaland” in 14 years. While the practice itself is the same, the way we teach, the way we train, and the way we communicate are very different that even just a few short years ago. I have learned how to navigate through fear and uncertainty, how to ask for help from others when needed, and how to know when you are at the limits of your skill set/finances/time and reorganize.
Now that I’m 14 years into this whole studio ownership thing I feel confident in my ability to build a robust schedule with amazing teachers, and sprinkle in teacher trainings and workshops to allow those who want to grow in their practice to dig a bit deeper, and allow Yoga West to continue to be what I believe is the best yoga studio around. It is always perfect and make everyone happy? No, and that is OK. But even now, let me tell you there’s something new to learn every day about how we can improve.
Currently, I’m working on both our class schedule and our training schedule for the new year. I work diligently to strike the perfect balance between what our clients and teachers want and need, as well a what they will show up for, week after week. It isn’t easy, but at the end of the day, it is tremendously rewarding.
Over the years, I’ve learned that sometimes you must be flexible and creative in your approach to challenges, that perfection is the enemy of getting it done, and that being consistent matters. When stress is high, and my time on my mat becomes limited, my mood and decisions suffer. Consistency on my mat makes all the difference. Maybe it is a different class, or a shorter practice some days, but sticking with it is the key. Always.
And you know what? That’s okay! It doesn’t have to be perfect; we are all allowed to be a work in progress and beginning again is permitted.
Tell us — what’s your “work in progress?” Come see us this week and let us know! I’d love to hear from you.