We are FOUR today!
We officially opened our website on 14th October 2017. I was three weeks away from my due date—we were busy!
I felt like I'd closed a circle. I played two games as a child - answering a calculator (pretending I ran a company) and pretending to be a Mum.
How did I get here?
Eight years ago - I was at Uni. I wasn't looking for a job but opened my computer at the right time. There was a receptionist vacancy at a yoga studio around the corner from my flat - the job description was brief, posted 60 seconds earlier, and described me. I had an interview the next day - and got the job (it was a lousy interview, I was so under-confident, but the dog liked me - thank you 🐶.) The studio was owned by Bruce, co-founder of Yoga Alliance Professionals and owner of The Yoga Shop.
I was so pleased to have a job (I'd been too ill to work for five years, but that's another story), and I may have gone a little OTT 🤣. If you're paying me for my time: No clock watching, no taking it easy, not even a tea break - my mind is yours. I wasn't 'just a receptionist'; I was the best receptionist I could be.
Within around 9 months, I was doing more with my innate nerd skills, working for Yoga Alliance Professionals (YAP) on their website. Within 18 months, I was managing the Yoga Shop plus a bit more for YAP. I put everything into it, and I received knowledge in return. I worked with some brilliant people, who are now lifelong friends. Within four years of starting my reception role, I'd grown from an under-confident girl to a woman buying the business from her boss, with the confidence to know I could make something wonderful, on my own terms with my own vision. 🙏🏼 It was never planned. But I guess it was meant to be.
A few things helped me on the way.
- Luck/The Universe!
- Yoga. It matured me emotionally. It taught me lessons in attachment, pain, discomfort. It taught me how to be present and how to let things go.
- The people. Someone saw my potential. Let me make mistakes, allowed me to succeed, and let me go off on my own.
Coming full circle
Another four years on - Ekotex Yoga looks very different. I love it, and it's now more than me. We genuinely give people a more sustainable choice. We are coming round again, and we've partnered up with Yoga Alliance Professionals to give their members a discount on our products to support their teachers and studios in their growth and with their income. I'm talking to old friends and new collaborators - and it's a joy to see how much they have developed in the past four years too. To witness how they've supported and advised their community through such a difficult time.
You can learn more about Yoga Alliance Professionals here.
I wonder where we will be in another four years time?
If you are a Yoga Alliance Professionals Member, you can find out more about our partnership here.