One year ago today, May 30, I taught the first official class at Syracuse Yoga. It was a Tuesday. We started the day with Yang Yin. This morning, I started out the day with Vinyasa Flow, 365 days later. So much happens in one year. It's exciting and remarkable and exhausting and rewarding and everything in between, this whole self-employment-running your own business-small business gig. Today I am taking a few minutes to reflect back, so that I can focus on where Syracuse Yoga is heading.
You can learn a lot in a year, that's for sure. Who to trust. Who will stand by you, who will bail. How much you can handle, when to know you are doing too much. The importance of meditation and quiet space and movement and relationships and eating enough calories to keep you going. The value of time away from the business.
The rest of that day one year ago we had Mid-Day Flow followed by Yoga for Seniors, and Gentle Flow and Anatomical Vinyasa rounded out the day. Some of those classes are still on the schedule, and some are not. Some of the teachers we started with are still with us, and some are not. Some of the clients we started with are still with us, and some are not. One thing is for sure, change is constant. We wouldn't be where we are today without all that have walked through our doors, even if it was just one time. I am grateful for all who have supported this business in any capacity (and if you haven't been here in a while, why not come back?!).
With all that change the most important thing I learned was to let some things go. In 365 days there were definitely some tough times. When certain events happened, I would beat myself up, worry, feel awful. Looking back, I realize that nothing is worth making yourself crazy over. It's all business, not personal. I used to say it all the time in my old pharma gig "This isn't personal, this is a business decision". When the business is your personal baby, it's hard to separate the two. It's still true though, and an important lesson for anyone owning their own business to learn. Syracuse Yoga is a business I run, it is not my entire life. I am passionate about making sure Syracuse Yoga is the best it can be, and I am also passionate about my life outside of the studio, my family and my relationship, my pets, friends, and hobbies (like Soflea!).
You have to put in the time in the beginning of any new venture, and I certainly did. A lot of time. It takes time to build a client base, to understand new software and the subtle nuances of client retention in correlation with Syracuse's weather patterns (LOL). Weather might be my biggest enemy in running a Yoga studio.
Do I sit back and put my heels up and let things coast now? Nope. Not even close. To see how far we have come in a year is so motivating and makes me so excited to see what is in store for 2018-2019. I can't wait to share some of the things we have been working on at Syracuse Yoga to enhance the client experience. More to come.
Thank you to every human that supports Syracuse Yoga. We cannot teach without students.
Come celebrate our One Year Anniversary this weekend with FREE classes on Saturday and Sunday. Sign up through Mindbody to reserve your spots! We'll have special treats from Glazed and Confused, special discounts on packages and you'll be the first to see our new tank top and sweatshirt design. I hope to see you there.