Off-the-Mat Practice for Yoga Preneurs: Embrace Niyamas in Your Biz

Dear yoga preneurs friends, today, I’d like to bring a bit of inspiration and motivation for those of you who feel overwhelmed in your day-to-day life as a yoga & wellness entrepreneurs. I’ve been inspired by the subject of ‘Philosophy on the Mat,’ a book I am currently reading.

If you feel lost and doubtful at times, wondering if this path into entrepreneurship will lead you to your goal of becoming a successful biz owner (for whatever ‘success’ means to you), this blog post is for you. 🧡


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You might be dreaming about having more freedom in your life by working independently, but feel frustrated because you are ‘not there yet’…

Despite living your Dharma as a yoga preneur, your day-to-day feels uncharted and chaotic, as you rush from one class to the next, without achieving the impact or income that you desire and deserve

You may feel tired, unmotivated, or even considering the idea of giving up on your dream. You might be close to making the decision to abandon the purpose of making a good living doing what you absolutely love and are meant to do… Your life’s work, your craft, your healing… call it what you will.

Does it sound like you? If so, stay here my friend. 


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I captured this mesmerizing photo in Thailand shortly after a storm had passed. My time in Thailand was incredibly transformative, deepening my connection with yoga philosophy. Thailand holds a special place in my heart – it’s a country I call home. From 2015 to 2020, I lived there. Even now, when I’m not travelling, you’ll likely find me nestled in Bangkok.

[I recorded a Facebook live session in our private Facebook community discussing this topic. If you prefer video content over reading, you can watch the 20-ish minute video corresponding to this blog post below. 👇👇👇]

 

 


In This Blog Post, I Am Infusing The Wisdom Of Yoga Philosophy, -In Particularly The Niyamas- With Your Day-To-Day As A Yoga Preneur.

…The psychic in me can read your thoughts right now…

But Manu, can you mix both? I mean, yoga philosophy is about spirituality, while running a business is about making money…right? Is it not, in some way, ‘disrespectful’ to yoga?

Can you mix both? YES, Absolutely, you can!

I already wrote about how to apply the principle of Seva (selfless service) in your yoga business, how you can integrate Yamas & Niyamas into your online social media marketing message, and how to bring together yogic wisdom and your yoga business.

As a business, marketing, and retreats mentor for yoga and wellness preneurs, I am indeed inspired and excited about bringing together yoga philosophy and business for yoga preneurs

Is it disrespectful? I don’t think so.

I deeply believe that the wisdom and teachings of yoga philosophy are timeless, they are very much needed in today’s world, and they shouldn’t be ungraspable and complicated for yoga preneurs like you. While running a yoga & wellness business is about making an impact, making money and thriving in a ‘materialistic world’, do never forget that the foundation of a business is to help people. Got it? It is time to ditch the making money as a yoga teacher is unethical and unspiritual mentality, which will only lead you to undermine your life dream of becoming a recognized and fearless yoga & wellness preneur and an expert in your field.

Are you ready and excited to learn about it?

Let´s go!

 

So, How Can You Embrace & Integrate The Niyamas In Your Yoga & Wellness Biz? Yoga Preneurs, Let’s Dive In!



Saucha (Purity/Cleanliness)

Start your day with a clear intention and purpose. Early morning is a great moment to do your daily practice (whatever this might be). Your connection to your practice shows in the DNA of your business. If you are using yoga or wellness as a tool to help your clients, you need to ‘walk the talk’, by having that integrated into your day-to-day.

Ways to embrace saucha outside of your practice includes cleaning and organizing your workspace or decluttering your desk and surroundings to create a conducive environment for productivity and focus. Cleaning and organizing your digital files and emails will promote clarity and efficiency in your work as well.

Finally, practice personal hygiene and grooming to maintain cleanliness of the body. This will give you clarity as well, and it will allow you to show up as the professional that you are.


Santosha (Contentment)

The daily practice of gratitude can shift your mind greatly. Try to embrace it by acknowledging and appreciating the successes and blessings in your life, no matter how small they are. Cultivate a positive mindset by reframing challenges as opportunities for growth and learning. As you focus on external achievements, do not compromise. Neglecting your sense of internal fulfillment and contentment can hinder your overall well-being and satisfaction. Set realistic goals for you and your biz, and enjoy and celebrate your progress along the way, rather than constantly striving for more.


Tapas (Discipline)

Establish a daily working routine and try to stick to it, even when faced with distractions or temptations. Ditch the ‘go with the flow’ mentality when it comes to planning and running your biz. Instead, create a clear plan for the next few weeks or months, including your milestones and goals.

Having a structured approach to biz planning will lead to greater clarity and effectiveness in achieving your goals. So get ready to set boundaries around your working hours and prioritize tasks based on importance and urgency, and embrace discomfort and challenges as opportunities for personal and professional growth.


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I captured this image right at the heart of Bangkok, a vibrant metropolis that surprisingly contains pockets of tranquility amidst the lively chaos.

Svadhyaya (Self-Study)

Set aside time for self-reflection and introspection each day/week, such as journaling or quiet contemplation. Reflect on past experiences and lessons learned to gain insights into strengths, weaknesses, and areas for growth for yourself and for your business. For example, I maintain a weekly voice-recorded diary where I reflect on insights, challenges, and accomplishments for the week.

Invest in personal and biz development resources, such as books, courses, or workshops, to deepen your self-awareness, and seek help and feedback from mentors, peers, or trusted teachers to gain different perspectives and insights into your business and personal journey.



Ishvara Pranidhana (Surrender to a Higher Power)

Cultivate a sense of trust and surrender in the greater purpose or plan of the universe, especially during challenging times or setbacks in your biz. Let go of the need to control every aspect and instead trust in the process and the journey.

Keeping a connection with your spiritual beliefs or practices, whether through prayer, meditation, or contemplation will help you foster a sense of connection to something greater than yourself. I would tell you that prayer has helped me significantly while dealing with uncertainty in my biz. Pranayama was my saving grace during stressful times at work during my former role as Retreats Director at Six Senses Ibiza. 


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This image was captured at an old temple in the Land of Smiles (Thailand).

I hope this was helpful, if it was, please share it with other yoga entrepreneurs like yourself. As always, remember to be gentle on yourself and don’t push yourself too hard! And never hesitate to seek guidance when needed.

…By the way, if you’re eager to integrate yoga philosophy into your entrepreneurial journey even deeper, stay tuned for my upcoming Biz Bootcamp at Samahita Retreat in Thailand in April 2025… More details coming soon! 😉

Thank you for reading!

Manu


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¡Hola! I am Manu,

I am on a mission to help yoga and wellness professionals like YOU to radically transform their marketing & biz game, so that they can navigate the industry fearlessly and achieve a thriving success!✨ Having said that, I don’t like to use manipulative or coercive techniques.

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