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Career Story: Yoga Teacher And Entrepreneur

Yoga Teacher And Entrepreneur

Job Title: CEO Of Small Business And An Educator

Type of Company: I run a business and also teach children and adults both yoga and dance. I also run a teacher training program called "Creative Kids Yoga", which focuses on the value of integrating the body and mind both in school and at home.

Education: BS, Education, Tufts University •• educational certification, Eliot Pearson Department of Early Childhood •• teaching fellow, Harvard University Graduate School of Education •• certificate in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy •• 500+ hours, professional-level registered yoga teacher, Yoga Alliance •• 500+ hours, professional-level Kripalu Yoga teacher, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

Previous Experience: I taught at Harvard University's pre-school while a teaching fellow in the Graduate School of Education. Following that I taught in the Newton Public Schools. I then became director of an Arts & Science Center in Nashua, New Hampshire. Currently, I am the owner of a business called "Moving Spirit, the Center for Yoga, Dance & Wellness" and run a teacher training program called "Creative Kids Yoga", which I teach internationally.

Job Tasks: My key responsibilities are to support the teachers and staff who work for me, to make sure that my business meets the needs of all who come through the door and to develop a supportive community. I also teach daily classes to children and adults of all ages. Classes are an hour or an hour and a half. The idea is to stimulate people's creativity, to strengthen their bodies, create physical flexibility and help them build confidence. All of these activities support learning in all aspects of their lives.

In addition, I work individually as a mind/body therapist with people who may be having emotional or physical problems. I meet with them for an hour a session.

I also have created a teacher training program for parents, teachers and healthcare providers called "Creative Kids Yoga", a program of yoga, movement concepts and a brain dance, which helps to stimulate brain development. This program I teach internationally. With this program I have created and trademarked "Yoga Dots" to support the learning. Yoga Dots are a fun product to support learning and give kids a sense of their own personal space as well as of movement possibilities. The Yoga Dots can be used for games, stories, math activities, yoga postures.

In between classes and clients I help support the office staff, answering the phone, writing letters, checking finances, marketing and creating workshops. As a member of Business Network International, I meet with them once a week for one and a half hours.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts of my work are seeing the growth and development of all my students and clients. It is extremely satisfying.

The most difficult parts are trying to keep things balanced in all aspects of my life.

Job Tips: Make sure that you take a business course to understand what is necessary to run a business. You want a solid foundation on which to grow. Also, keep learning and growing.

Additional Thoughts: If I could change one thing, it would be to have more of the business/financial data available to me when I started my business.

The most important qualities to have are to feel passionate about your work, keep growing, learning and understand that the ups and downs are all part of the process of living life to the fullest. These lessons can be our greatest gifts, if we can see them clearly, and learn from them.

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