Happy Friday friends!
I have some fantastic news, I have finally launched my new business!
Home Sweet Yoga - Build a unique yoga practice, so you can feel confident, calm & comfortable in your own skin.
Home Sweet Yoga connects you with experienced, highly qualified yoga teachers to practice in the comfort of your own home. You can set up a group class with your friends and family, or benefit from one on one attention and focus. Alternatively, for those of you who aren’t located in Sydney, you can set up an online consultation with one of our experts online!
We’re on a mission to reframe the way we approach yoga – you are unique, your practice should be too.
So excited and happy to be able to share this with you, I do hope you’ll join the growing tribe over on Facebook.
This business is the result of months of work brainstorming, writing, long discussions with friends and family. There were many chats over coffee, tea and the occasional wine about how I wanted to make a difference, and what I found frustrating about the current yoga teaching model.
I love yoga and the amazing things the practice has done for me, but there is no one style/brand/teacher who suits me to a T. I have to mix it up depending on my current health, stress levels and lifestyle. I enjoy teaching general hatha vinyasa classes and yin classes, but I still felt that what these students need is something more…. Something tailored, a practice that suits them and their unique needs.
I started teaching privately. Just a couple of groups at first, friends, family, colleagues.
It was clear – I had found my niche! No one session is the same with my private clients, no one approach to asana will work for all of them and each person needs a different blend of the yoga practices for their body/mind. The idea for Home Sweet Yoga was born.
Home Sweet Yoga can help you build a personalised practice that’s uniquely tailored for your needs. We offer group classes and private classes here in Sydney, with highly qualified and experienced yoga teachers. Alternatively, we will consult with you over Skype to help you solve any yoga problems or to help you take the practice deeper. Our signature package is the Build Your Home Practice – 6 sessions either face to face or over Skype to build your home practice, customised to help you experience yoga using the methods that are right for you.
I’m on a mission – I want to change the way we approach yoga. Let’s move away from a reliance on certain styles and types of classes, to take ownership of our practice and make sure it works for us.
You wouldn’t take your Mum’s prescriptions, you wouldn’t follow your partner’s personal training regime – why should you practice yoga exactly as someone else has had it work for them?
It’s time the industry matured – away from competing with the aerobics classes, towards a professional personalised approach. Ironically, this requires us to remember how yoga was initially taught by one of the Grandfathers of yoga, Sri Krishnamacharya.
“He always taught what was appropriate for each individual. The purpose and the capability of the person determined the practice. He always designed the practice depending on the person and the purpose.” ~ From this article on the legacy of Krishnamacharya.
This is why an Iyengar class is so different from an ashtanga session – Krishnamacharya gave BKS Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois different practices to suit each of their individual needs! They then took their routines out to the world, teaching students yoga as they knew it, based on what worked for them.
While this brought yoga to the rest of us, it set the trend for yogis to claim that their way of practicing is THE next way for students to follow – think anasura, jivamukti, shiva’s flow, baron’s power. Is it any wonder that my body/mind doesn’t fit with any of these approaches exactly? Why should it, given that this is not the way yoga was ever intended to be taught?
Home Sweet Yoga will focus on connecting experienced teachers with students who want an individualised approach, a yoga practice that is designed just for them. I suppose the one slight exception would be the private group classes that we offer, but even then with a small group I feel it is easier to modify for each individual student. These classes are perfect for groups such as mothers groups, or close friends who are of a similar age and fitness level.
So far the other yogis I have on board are incredible, with a yoga therapy background and a committment to working with students from all backgrounds and abilities.
Above all I want to help more people establish their OWN practice. Something they feel at home and comfortable with, and confident practicing. These days the question “Do you practice yoga” is usually followed by “oh, what style?”. I think it would be amazing if we could replace this with “Do you have a yoga practice” then “What does that include at the moment for you?”.
Your practice will grow with you over time, shift and deepen and consistently offer you the chance to experience yoga, even if the precise methods you use vary as the years pass.
“The spirit of viniyoga is starting from where one finds oneself. As everybody is different and changes from time to time, there can be no common starting point, and ready made answers are useless. The present condition must be examined and the habitually established status must be re-examined.”
- TKV Desikachar
All of this exciting news and discussion brings me back to this blog, and to you lovely reader. I have decided to end my Happy Tree Pose journey, so that I can focus on Home Sweet Yoga and pour my energy into growing this business and vision.
This will be my last blog post here.
Some of the content from here will move over the the HSY blog in the new year (I’m currently developing the full website, this current one is just the first iteration!) and when I do that, I will be redirecting happytreepose.com to my new blog.
I want to thank you for reading and supporting me over the past couple of years. Blogging has introduced me to so many fabulous people, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey Happy Tree Pose started me on! From law school to entrepreneurship, yoga and blogging have supported me the whole way through.
I do hope you’ll join me on this next phase of the adventure, and feel free to get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org – with any questions, support, just want to say hello etc!
All the best, have a beautiful weekend and I’ll see you over on the other site xxxx