Thriving cities depend on the adventurous among us, who alter the urban landscape when they forge their own successful paths.
Each month, we ask an influential Pittsburgher: What was it like for you in the beginning?
Live: Highland Park
How Long: 3 years
Projects: Yoga Hive has brought new and unique events to the Pittsburgh yoga community, like our October and February yoga challenges that we’ve been holding since we opened and our Yoga Basics Bootcamp. We also partner with some amazing teachers to bring unique workshops to our clientele, like an entire workshop based on the classic yoga poses chaturanga (low push-up) and down dog. This year we’re hosting “40 Days to a Personal Revolution” a program based on connecting meditation, yoga and diet into everyday living.
What was the defining moment that propelled you to start your own business? In May of 2009 I was in Mexico at a vipassana meditation retreat that included ten days of silence and about ten hours a day of meditation with no reading, writing or eye contact. By day eight, I had an epiphany and knew that I absolutely had to leave my corporate job to open a yoga studio. I don’t think most people have such specific realizations, but that was definitely a divine defining moment.
What struggles did you face when starting your own business? Where to begin? For one, the Yoga Hive went on and off of the shelf because I couldn’t find the right location, rent, etc. And I decided to buy a house so that took over my life for awhile. Dealing with commercial contractors was challenging, the landlord was going into bankruptcy and there were rarely any straight answers, deciding how much money to spend on marketing and how to market a yoga studio and how to find really strong and well-trained yoga instructors were all difficult.
What was the riskiest move you ever made? Leaving a well-paying job for the pursuit of a dream.
If you could change the past, is there anything involving your career that you would do differently? Surely, but the past will always taunt us with “should’ve, would’ve and could’ve.” I’ve learned so many lessons that I’m grateful to still be kicking.
Could you ever go back to a “normal job,” working for someone else? Yes.
What personality traits must someone possess in order to do what you do and be successful? Tenacity, perseverance and gratitude for each person who arrives at yoga. While not a personality trait, the unwavering support of my friends and family must not be overlooked.
In the beginning, if you could have had a glimpse into where your work is today, what 3 words describe how you might have felt? Surprise, joy, gratitude.