Exhale Yoga Life: in the spotlight
Today I went to a business networking event with Exhale to talk about what I do. I’m used to promoting business on behalf of clients but it felt alien to be doing it for myself. The event sort of matched what I imagine speed dating is like! You pick one of the small tables, then wait for people to come and talk to you, or walk round and approach people directly.
I’ve always been quite bold. I have hopped on planes knowing where I was landing but with no idea where I was going to lay my head that night. I’ve chased dreams. I’ve left jobs and lives behind. I have frequently gone against advice even without having a blinking clue what I was doing, because my gut told me I was doing the right thing.
Today was a leap of faith, laying open what I do and what I am developing for all to critique. At first I wondered why these 100 businesses would be interested in what I have to offer; I don’t do commercial printing, I don’t give financial advice for SMEs, I don’t provide a product that helps businesses make better business.
But – and I’m not ashamed to admit that I considered it – I thought it’d look really flaky if I left, so I got my big girl pants on and started networking my yoga business.
Networking a Yoga Business
I had a wander around and found a business with a friendly face, ‘So, what do you do?’. The man’s eyes lit up, relieved that someone wanted to talk to him and was actually really engaging. As it turns out his product might be really useful for one of my clients.
Then it was my turn. Spotlight on me. (Errrr, can’t we just talk about your business some more?)
“I teach yoga…” (big pause)
“Oh, I used to do yoga. It was amazing.” (I’m not going to argue!)
And the conversation went on from there; he knows someone that is looking for private yoga lessons. Someone was looking for a yoga teacher to teach as part of her corporate mental health business package. A lady asked me to record a bespoke breathing and relaxation track for her, to aid her journey towards better health.
Putting Yourself ‘Out There’
I don’t really ‘do’ advice – either offer it or listen to it. I’m not going to end with a twee tie-in about starting a journey with a single step or doing one thing each day that scares you (as much as that is great advice, you should really do those two).
I don’t have all the answers and I never will. All I do know is that if you don’t try something then you won’t know if it’s right for you. And you also won’t know what opportunities you’re going to find or who you’re going to meet, including at business networking events!
So, what do I do? I teach yoga, I have weekly classes that are suitable for literally everyone – my classes are friendly and relaxed. You don’t need to look like an Instagrammer (I don’t), you don’t need to know what you’re doing at all.
My other services:
- Bespoke one:one sessions in people’s homes, in hospitals, care homes or even at work.
- Breathing and relaxation tracks tailored to help you relax, quieten your thoughts, and sleep better.
- Corporate yoga – for those people lucky enough to have a boss who realises that a happy workforce is a productive and committed workforce, I teach classes in businesses.
- And the last thing I do is declutter and organise (my absolute guilty pleasure). Using yoga techniques, I help people understand why they are hoarding 27 black t-shirts (but only really wear two) and gifts they have never liked or used, trying to ignore them at the back of their wardrobe. I help them to let go, creating calm and contentment in their homes, in their lives, and within themselves.
I didn’t realise how far yoga had permeated into my life and my business until I started to set out my intentions. It really is fascinating how the practice can positively impact upon many aspects of life.
So, if you happen to bump into someone that might be interested in Exhale, I’d be hugely grateful if you’d point them in my direction. I promise I’ll look after them.