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Starting an Independent Yoga Studio

You probably started your yoga practice about five years ago, and now you want more. It is not uncommon that yogis go through a phase where they desire to share their experiences. Sharing of yoga is a big part of the community, and wanting to be involved in that is very natural. It certainly does work out for a few people who venture out with an independent studio. Here are some things to think about before you take the jump:

This is a Business

It starts with love and passion for yoga, and it is somewhat unfortunate that it can’t stay that way if you run a studio. You might also need to get a loan, which means you are going to need a solid business plan to get approved. That business plan is going to be a good idea, even if you are not looking at getting a business loan. It is a roadmap for what you are looking to accomplish in the short, medium, and long-term, and is a great tool in gauging your success.

Building Your Business Takes Time

It is expected that most businesses won’t start making profits for the first two years, and you need to be prepared for that. However, during those first years, you are going to be incredibly busy. Trying to build up a solid client base takes effort, time, and money. You are going to have to figure out how to market your studio, and that can get exhausting and expensive. Introducing your brand to large numbers of people will be your entire life when you first start out. Plan on having to run classes with a low number of students until your client base grows. It may seem like a waste of time, but until you can get more people involved you still need to be providing your services.

Your Practice May Take a Back Burner

Running a studio is a lot of work. There are classes to teach, and teaching yoga is a lot different than practicing it. You need to be paying great attention to what your students are doing, and that means you are not going to be able to focus on your practice during class. Add on to your teaching schedule all the administrative tasks that come with owning a business, and all of a sudden it can seem like there is no time for your own practice.

Opening a yoga studio is hard work, but it is a completely achievable goal. Take it from people who successfully run their own business, yoga studio or any other type. There are some things that are common across all industries. A solid and detailed plan to keep you on track and measure your success is something that you are going to need. Perseverance to get through the first year or two when you are just growing your business is a must as well. Finally, make sure you still keep up with your own yoga practice; you are going to need mindfulness and patience more than ever.

The Benefits of Fruits & Vegetables

There was a time when organic food was the most important source of nutrition for man. As time went by and the world became fast, our food also changed. Today, ‘fast’ and processed food is the most common way of satisfying our needs. Yet, we must understand that without natural foods, our bodies become a hub of potential diseases and toxins. The ‘balance’ of life is disturbed.

So, what is balance? We learnt in chemistry class about the importance of pH. Our bodies react to the food we eat and the environment created is either acidic or alkaline. An acidic environment is created by animal products and processed, sugary and fast foods whereas an alkaline environment is provided by foods such as fruits and vegetables. It is essential to balance the treated food we eat by countering it with fruits and vegetable, otherwise the body becomes prone to illness by being in a condition where too much acid accumulates in the body.

Therefore it is not a surprise that fruits and vegetable are super-foods that aid in fighting several important ailments. Diseases such as heart disease, cancers, high cholesterol, high blood pressure are a few of those risks that can be prevented and fought with fruits and vegetables. This food type encompasses vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals which help in fighting disease.

In addition to fighting and preventing diseases, fruits and vegetable are important for weight management. Obesity is the cause of many diseases and it is becoming increasingly important to maintain an equilibrium in our lives by countering high calorie foods with low calorie and high fiber foods. It is much easier to control weight with snacking on fruits or vegetables when one is hungry. Also, including a portion of fruits and vegetables as a part of your plate makes for a healthier and more beneficial meal.

Check out this interesting video about a workshop that teaches yoga lovers not only what to eat, but also how to eat.

Hence, to maintain a healthy lifestyle in today’s fast paced world, it is important to try to include as many fruits and vegetables in your diet as possible. We are faced with an increased number of challenges related to health
in this age. Therefore, It is recommended to consume a minimum of 400g of fruits and vegetables a day to keep heart disease and serious health related risks at par. After all, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. And so does a carrot probably? Thanks for reading!