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Mastering the Business of Yoga

Mastering the Business of Yoga (M.B.Om for short) is a podcast was designed for yoga teachers who want to create a successful and sustainable career in yoga, but don't know where to start, or how to take their career to the next level. Each episode features different, successful and inspiring yoga teachers who share their experiences in the yoga world, and the business lessons they have learned throughout their careers. Guests range from full-time yoga teachers, yoga studio owners, teachers who have branched off to create their own businesses, teachers who have developed their own teacher training, and much more.
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Jun 27, 2022

This week on the podcast I am joined by Ashley Sondergaard. Ashley is a self-care coach, yoga teacher, astrologer, and host of the Yoga Magic podcast. For over 10 years, she has studied yoga, meditation, astrology and mindfulness practices that prioritize self-care and self-discovery. In this week's episode of the show, Ashley shares how we can use our astrological birth charts to help us add an aligned self-care practice to our lives, choose what we do in our businesses based on who we truly are, and start leaning into trusting our intuition in all things that we do.

Enjoy!

In this episode:

  • Ashley’s Yoga journey
  • Crafting the cosmic self-care niche
  • How to tell when it’s time to pivot your business
  • How does cosmic self-care work?
  • Applying astrology and self-knowledge to your business
  • Using astrology and personality research for collaboration
  • Ashely’s top business lessons

Guest Links:

Website: https://www.ashleysondergaard.com

Cosmic Self-Care Mini-Course: https://tremendous-leader-9896.ck.page/33dadd138f

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ashley.sondergaard/?hl=en

References:

Chani Nicholas Astrology: https://chaninicholas.com

Jun 20, 2022

This week on the podcast I am rejoined by Alex Haley. Alex is the co-founder of OfferingTree and in this episode, we are talking all about the OfferingTree platform. Alex shares OfferingTree's origin story, how the platform started out as a simple website tool for yoga teachers and how it's expanded to be a one-stop-shop for all things yoga business, including website, scheduling, payments, video on demand, courses, memberships and more. Alex shares the additions that they made to the platform to help yoga teachers take their yoga businesses online, as well as the recent additions for yoga studio owners. If you've been considering OfferingTree or want to hear more about the company, this episode is for you!

Enjoy!

In this episode:

  • The origin story of OfferingTree
  • The first iteration of OfferingTree
  • Growing your business by listening to customers and solving problems
  • OfferingTree’s features
  • OfferingTree’s support for online yoga studios
  • Growing OfferingTree’s features to support larger studios
  • OfferingTree pricing
  • Comparable platforms
  • OfferingTree’s community support options

Guest Links:

OfferingTree Course: https://www.offeringtree.com/how-to-scale-your-business-with-video-on-demand/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfferingTree/

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/305313347560398/about/

Jun 13, 2022

This week on the podcast I am joined by Iszabel, an Ecstatic Dance DJ, Movement Medicine Teacher, Sound Technician and Sound Therapist. She holds classes, workshops, retreats and ceremonies around the world and hosts a monthly radio show on OpenLab, ‘Music Medicine’, and runs an online DJ course – ‘DJ Mystery To Mastery’ is a heart-based approach to the art of mixing music. In this episode, we are talking about the power of music and how to use music effectively in your yoga classes. Music can help your students get deeper into their yoga practice when used effectively and Iszabel has some great tips for how to get started with this, what to consider when making a playlist, and much more.

Enjoy!

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

This episode is also brought to you by Magic Mind, the little magical elixir which makes your body humm. Magic Mind is the world’s first productivity drink that not only gives you the alertness that coffee and other energy drinks do, but also has ingredients to support memory, increase creativity and boost focus.

Magic Mind contains minimal caffeine, and the caffeine it does have comes from the matcha tea. It also has all natural ingredients, adaptogens to help decrease stress and nootropics to boost blood flow and cognition.

Magic Mind has all natural ingredients, including ceremonial grade Matcha and Lion’s Mane mushrooms to extend your morning energy. It also contains turmeric, ashwagandha, vitamin C, Echinacea and much more.

It helps me with procrastination and brain fog, but doesn’t give me the jitters and crashes the way that coffee does.

Since having a baby, my mind has been all over the place. That’s why I love starting my day with Magic Mind!

Magic Mind gave me a 20% off code to share with you guys! It’s YOGA. Go to magicmind.co/yoga  and use the code YOGA to get 20% off your first order. With Magic Mind’s money-back guarantee, any first purchase will be refunded no questions asked if it doesn’t meet your expectations.

In this episode:

  • Iszabel’s journey with yoga and music
  • The healing power of music
  • Music’s relationship to yoga
  • Tips for creating beautiful music experiences for your yoga students
  • Using music to change the atmosphere and set the vibe for your class
  • Tips for incorporating music into online classes
  • Iszabel’s top business lessons

Guest Links:

Website: https://www.djmysterytomastery.com

Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/Riseinmovement/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iszabel.x/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iszabel.x/

Music Medicine Radio Show: https://openlab.fm/radio/shows/music-medicine

References:

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.: https://www.amazon.com/Body-Keeps-Score-Healing-Trauma/dp/0143127748

DJ Software: https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/traktor/dj-software/traktor-pro-3/

Browser BPM/Key Finder Site: https://tunebat.com

Jun 6, 2022

This week on the podcast I am joined by Brit Kolo from Marketing Personalities. Brit first joined me on the podcast back in 2019 to talk about how to use your Myers Briggs personality type to decide what type of marketing to do in your business. In this episode, we're taking it one step further to talk about how to make strategic business decisions that feel aligned. Often times when we're not making decisions that feel aligned, we can feel burnout or resentful towards our work and our business and we share tools and strategies to fall back in love with your business and feel aligned with the work you're doing and the clients that you're working with. 

Enjoy! 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

In this episode:

  • Catching up with Brit and Marketing Personalities
  • How to fall back in love with your business after taking time off
  • Eliminating and delegating the parts of your business that don’t align with your personality
  • Building a business that prioritizes both stability and flexibility
  • Giving yourself and your business permission to change and evolve
  • Dealing with the fear that comes with pursuing alignment
  • Giving yourself permission to lean into business practices that align with your personality
  • Giving yourself permission to pause and reflect

Guest Links:

Website: https://www.marketingpersonalities.com/ideal-client-avatar/

May 30, 2022
This week on the podcast we are talking about burnout, boundaries, and the importance of rest in your yoga business. Burnout often happens when we aren't setting boundaries and aren't making time for rest, so in this episode, we talk about how to identify burnout and how to elevate it by setting boundaries, making time for daily self-care practices and adding in more rest to our days. I share some of my favorite ways to get more rest in each day and how resting more and making more time for rest has benefited me personally and in my business. 

Enjoy! 

In this episode:

  • Why hustle culture and mentality isn’t working for me 
  • Checking in with ourselves and our business and identifying what’s working and what isn’t before we hit burnout 
  • Acknowledging when we’ve hit burnout and making changes 
  • Setting boundaries in our businesses that allow us to take time for ourselves 
  • Self-care vs. rest
  • Definition of rest: cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength
  • Why rest is important for ourselves and our businesses and ways that we can add in moments of rest to our days 
  • What truly resting is - ie. disconnecting from screens, social media and truly giving ourselves time to rejuvenating physically, mentally and emotionally 
  • How I add a few minutes of rest to my days 

 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

This episode is also brought to you by MagicMind.

As yoga teachers and business owners, we are often juggling a million things at once so productivity and efficiency are super important! That’s why I am very excited to be partnering with MagicMind. 

MagicMind is a productivity drink that is made of all-natural ingredients and has adaptogens to help decrease stress, nootropics that boost blood flow, and Matcha to help keep you focused. 

I am super sensitive to caffeine, which means that I can’t pound coffee all day to stay energized and productive and that’s one of the reasons that I love MagicMind. There is minimal caffeine so you can get energized without getting the caffeine jitters and then the caffeine crash. 

Whether you are someone that needs a boost of productivity in the mornings or the afternoons, MagicMind is the perfect drink! I love to use MagicMind for a quick pick-me-up during the afternoon lag and I love to make it as a Matcha Latte! It’s healthy, it tastes great, and it helps me get into my flow state.

If you’d like to experience the benefits of increased productivity and mental energy, you can get MagicMind at www.magicmind.co/yoga and use code yoga20 for 20% off. 

May 23, 2022

This week on the podcast, I am joined by Joanna Sapir. Joanna is a sales expert who works with entrepreneurs to help them with their businesses. This episode originally aired on M.B.Om: Behind the Scenes, and in it, Joanna is teaching us how to get out of the mindset of freelancer or contractor and start considering ourselves business owners and entrepreneurs. As yoga teachers who work for themselves, this can be a super challenging shift to make and Joanna has some awesome tips for how to do that. 

Enjoy! 

In this episode: 

- Come back to your why as a yoga teacher

- Is offering people a class going to create the transformation that you want it to?

- You want to set your prices so that you can be profitable

- How many client facing hours do you want to have in your life?

- What is my ideal schedule?

- You take that number against how much money you want to make per month and that gives you a "base hourly rate"

- This can shift you from trading time for dollars, which makes it really hard to make a sustainable living

- Clients feel good when they invest in themselves and in a program vs. just purchasing a one-off class

- Talking about your pricing and your packages will become more comfortable the more that you do it

- When you feel uncomfortable, it means that you are growing!

 

Learn more about Joanna at joannasapir.com!
Join Joanna’s Practictioner Business Roundtable here: https://joannasapir.com/roundtable/

 

Join MBOM: Behind the Scenes! 

Each week you will get bonus content from the weekly guest or me diving deeper into how you can take the teachings and apply them to your business. This podcast is designed for yoga teachers & studio owners who are ready to take it to the next level. 

If you enjoy M.B.Om, and have been looking for an affordable way to learn more, this is it! For less than the cost of 2 lattes per month, you will get never before heard content that you can't access anywhere else that will give you tangible ways to dive deeper into your yoga business.

 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

May 16, 2022

This week on the podcast I am joined by Katie Arnold. Katie is an RYT-200 vinyasa and restorative-based yoga and meditation instructor helping women reconnect with themselves and stress less through movement and mindset practices. After years of burning the candle at both ends, she discovered the five habits that helped her reconnect with herself every single time. These 5 components of connection are mindful movement. meditation, self-care, journaling, and community. In this episode of the podcast, we are diving into these 5 components of connection, and talking practically about how to apply them to life and business. 

Enjoy! 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

This episode is also brought to you by MagicMind.

As yoga teachers and business owners, we are often juggling a million things at once so productivity and efficiency are super important! That’s why I am very excited to be partnering with MagicMind. 

MagicMind is a productivity drink that is made of all-natural ingredients and has adaptogens to help decrease stress, nootropics that boost blood flow, and Matcha to help keep you focused. 

I am super sensitive to caffeine, which means that I can’t pound coffee all day to stay energized and productive and that’s one of the reasons that I love MagicMind. There is minimal caffeine so you can get energized without getting the caffeine jitters and then the caffeine crash. 

Whether you are someone that needs a boost of productivity in the mornings or the afternoons, MagicMind is the perfect drink! I love to use MagicMind for a quick pick-me-up during the afternoon lag and I love to make it as a Matcha Latte! It’s healthy, it tastes great, and it helps me get into my flow state.

If you’d like to experience the benefits of increased productivity and mental energy, you can get MagicMind at www.magicmind.co/yoga and use code yoga20 for 20% off. 

In this episode:

  • Katie’s Yoga journey; burning out in the music industry
  • Finding the balance between working, Yoga teaching, and personal/professional boundaries
  • Practicing mindful movement, meditation, self-care, journaling, and community
  • Starting small and building positive routines
  • Katie’s favorite self-care practices
  • Practical tips for journaling as an adult
  • Katie’s top yoga business lessons

Guest Links:

Website: https://iamkatiearnold.com

Podcast: https://iamkatiearnold.com/category/podcast/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamkatiearnold/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/KatieArnoldTLSM

Episode References: 

Setting Boundaries in Your Yoga Business: https://traffic.libsyn.com/mbomyoga/MBOm_Boundries_Solo_Episode.mp3

May 9, 2022

This week on the podcast I am joined by Patti Montella. Patti is a yoga and meditation teacher and a best-selling author of the book "Becoming Unshakeable: Wisdom Learned on the Journey to Inner Freedom". In this episode, we talk about Patti's journey and career with yoga over the last 3 decades, what her own practice has taught her about being unshakeable, and how we can use our practice to be unshakeable in life and business (even during hard times). Patti also shares what it was like to write and publish a book, as well as some of the business lessons that she's learned throughout her career.

Enjoy!

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

In this episode:

  • Patti’s Yoga journey; corporate executive to yoga teacher
  • Evolving perspectives on Yoga. 90s vs today
  • What does it mean to become unshakeable?
  • The power of your breath 
  • The power of human connection
  • Patti’s tips for practicing the discipline of Yoga
  • Patti’s book writing and publishing process
  • Business lessons from Patti’s career

Guest Links:

Website: https://pattimontella.com

Book: https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Unshakeable-Learned-Journey-Freedom-ebook/dp/B07SQH1CW3



May 2, 2022

This week on the podcast I am joined by Joy Ravelli. Joy is a yoga teacher, as well as the owner of an accredited IAYT Yoga Therapy School called Purusha Yoga School where they run 200 and 300-hour yoga teacher training programs. Joy also runs her own online business offering yoga therapy, mentoring and more. In this episode of the podcast, Joy shares her journey and career with yoga, including what it's been like to run a yoga school during the pandemic and how they've pivoted. She also shares what it means to find your dharma and allow that to truly help you lead a heart-centered and aligned yoga business. 

Enjoy! 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

This episode is also brought to you by Magic Mind, the little magical elixir which makes your body humm. Magic Mind is the world’s first productivity drink that not only gives you the alertness that coffee and other energy drinks do, but also has ingredients to support memory, increase creativity and boost focus. 

 

Magic Mind contains minimal caffeine, and the caffeine it does have comes from the matcha tea. It also has all natural ingredients, adaptogens to help decrease stress and nootropics to boost blood flow and cognition. 

 

Magic Mind has all natural ingredients, including ceremonial grade Matcha and Lion’s Mane mushrooms to extend your morning energy. It also contains turmeric, ashwagandha, vitamin C, Echinacea and much more. 

It helps me with procrastination and brain fog, but doesn’t give me the jitters and crashes the way that coffee does. 

Since having a baby, my mind has been all over the place. That’s why I love starting my day with Magic Mind! 

Magic Mind gave me a 20% off code to share with you guys! It’s YOGA. Go to magicmind.co/yoga  and use the code YOGA to get 20% off your first order. With Magic Mind’s money-back guarantee, any first purchase will be refunded no questions asked if it doesn’t meet your expectations.


In this episode:

  • Joy’s Yoga journey
  • Starting Parusha Yoga School
  • Pivoting a Yoga Therapy School online during a pandemic
  • How to find your people to serve
  • How to practically act on your vision and ideas
  • The relationship between Karma and Dharma
  • Practicing Yoga by serving your community
  • Joy’s top Yoga business lessons

 

Guest Links:

Website: https://purushayoga.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/purushayogaschool

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/purushayogaschool/

Email: joy@purushayoga.org

Apr 25, 2022

This week on the podcast I am joined by Renee Clair from the Productive Wellnesspreneur. Renee is a yoga and meditation teacher, as well as a project manager who supports yoga teachers with their productivity. This episode originally aired on MBOm: Behind the Scenes and is a short and sweet episode where we'll be talking about how to automate and batch in your business. Automation and batching are two huge productivity and time-saving tips that have been hugely helpful in my business! 

Enjoy! 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

In this episode:

  • Automation is used to set up systems in your business so that you don't have to do each individual piece of the task yourself
  • Use a scheduling software so that you can stop the back and forth for things like private yoga sessions, etc.
  • Schedule your social media! I recommend using Hootsuite to schedule everything.
  • Automate a freebie for your business so that you can get people on your email list!
  • You can even set up a sequence of emails to stay in touch with the people who sign up for your email list
  • Batching is doing a bunch of your work all in one sitting
  • Batch your social media!
  • Look at your business and see what you can sit down and do all at once! I love to batch my podcast episodes and production. :)

You can get free resources from Renee at renee-clair.com or find Renee on Instagram @theproductivewp!

Apr 18, 2022

This week on the podcast, I am joined by Dagmar Spremberg. Dagmar is a 500 hr E-RYT and the founder of Montezuma Yoga in Costa Rica. In this episode, Dagmar shares what brought her to Costa Rica 20 years ago, what it was like starting Montezuma Yoga, how she pivoted her business and her studio during the pandemic, and ultimately what has lead to closing down the studio. Dagmar also shares some of the biggest business lessons that she's learned through her career as a yoga teacher and studio owner. 

Enjoy! 

 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

This episode is also brought to you by Magic Mind, the little magical elixir which makes your body humm. Magic Mind is the world’s first productivity drink that not only gives you the alertness that coffee and other energy drinks do, but also has ingredients to support memory, increase creativity and boost focus. 

Magic Mind contains minimal caffeine, and the caffeine it does have comes from the matcha tea. It also has all natural ingredients, adaptogens to help decrease stress and nootropics to boost blood flow and cognition. 

Magic Mind has all natural ingredients, including ceremonial grade Matcha and Lion’s Mane mushrooms to extend your morning energy. It also contains turmeric, ashwagandha, vitamin C, Echinacea and much more. 

It helps me with procrastination and brain fog, but doesn’t give me the jitters and crashes the way that coffee does. 

Since having a baby, my mind has been all over the place. That’s why I love starting my day with Magic Mind! 

Magic Mind gave me a 20% off code to share with you guys! It’s YOGA. Go to magicmind.co/yoga  and use the code YOGA to get 20% off your first order. With Magic Mind’s money-back guarantee, any first purchase will be refunded no questions asked if it doesn’t meet your expectations.

In this episode:

  • Dagmar’s Yoga journey
  • Building a life in Costa Rica and bringing yoga to the community
  • Starting Montezuma Yoga and running a Yoga studio for 20 years
  • What’s special about teaching Yoga in Costa Rica?
  • Pivoting Montezuma Yoga and learning to take a break
  • What’s next for Dagmar?
  • Running a Yoga studio in Costa Rica during the pandemic
  • Lessons from Dagmar’s career

Guest Links:

Website: https://dagmarspremberg.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/montezumayoga/?hl=en

Links: https://linktr.ee/montezumayoga



Apr 11, 2022
This week on the podcast I am joined by Michael Toru. Michael is a 500-hour RYT, YouTuber, and videographer based in Victoria, British Colombia. In this episode, Michael shares his journey as a yoga teacher and how he's gone from teaching full-time in yoga studios to stepping back from teaching and working on his online presence, including his YouTube channel and his media business. We discuss how the pandemic has been a time to dig deep and be honest with ourselves about what is bringing us joy and making changes and pivots from there. Michael also shares what life has been like as a new dad, as well as the business lessons he's learned through his yoga business. 

Enjoy! 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

In this episode:

  • Michael’s Yoga story: Bodybuilder to yoga teacher
  • Finding balance and sustainability in your yoga practice
  • Adapting and pivoting during the pandemic
  • Starting and growing a media business in the health and wellness space
  • How to take a break from something that you love
  • Stepping into fatherhood as an entrepreneur
  • Lessons from a lifestyle consistent content creation
  • The relationship between building a team and organizing your systems

Guest Links:

Website: https://michaeltoru.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/MichaelToru/playlists?app=desktop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michaeltoru/?hl=en

 

Episode References: 

When & How to Hire Freelancers in Your Yoga Business with Emily Perron

How to Hire Great People for Your Yoga Business with Renee Clair

Matcha Mornings Podcast

Apr 4, 2022
This week on the podcast we are talking about boundaries! Setting boundaries and sticking to them can be so challenging as yoga teachers and yoga business owners, but it's also one of the most important things that we need to do to create sustainable yoga businesses. In this episode, we discuss what a boundary is, what types of boundaries show up in our businesses, how to go about setting boundaries and sticking to them, why they are important for us, and much more. 

Enjoy! 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

This episode is also brought to you by Magic Mind, the little magical elixir which makes your body humm. Magic Mind is the world’s first productivity drink that not only gives you the alertness that coffee and other energy drinks do, but also has ingredients to support memory, increase creativity and boost focus. 

Magic Mind contains minimal caffeine, and the caffeine it does have comes from the matcha tea. It also has all natural ingredients, adaptogens to help decrease stress and nootropics to boost blood flow and cognition. 

Magic Mind has all-natural ingredients, including ceremonial grade Matcha and Lion’s Mane mushrooms to extend your morning energy. It also contains turmeric, ashwagandha, vitamin C, Echinacea and much more. 

It helps me with procrastination and brain fog, but doesn’t give me the jitters and crashes the way that coffee does. 

Since having a baby, my mind has been all over the place. That’s why I love starting my day with Magic Mind! 

Magic Mind gave me a 20% off code to share with you guys! It’s YOGA. Go to magicmind.co/yoga  and use the code YOGA to get 20% off your first order. With Magic Mind’s money-back guarantee, any first purchase will be refunded no questions asked if it doesn’t meet your expectations.

In this episode:

  • Boundary is defined as: a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line or a limit of a subject or sphere of activity.
  • A boundary can be thought of kind of like a door or a fence. It gives us space and privacy and even if we love our roommate or we love our neighbor, we still want to create this. 
  • What is a boundary in your business? 
    • Setting work days 
    • Setting work hours 
    • Giving yourself time away from work where you do not answer messages from students or check emails 
    • Setting minimum prices that you will work for and honoring that 
  • How do you set up a schedule with days off when you don’t work a Mon - Friday job? 
  • How do you set hours in your business when you don’t work 9-5 
  • How an email autoresponder can be beneficial to you in your business because it sets clear expectations 
  • Knowing your limits and when it’s time to say no to something 
  • Honoring yourself, your practice, and your self care - setting up non-negotiables in your life 

 

References:

Time Management & Productivity 101 with Renee Clair

Mar 28, 2022

This week on the podcast I am joined by Allison Rissell. Allison is a yoga teacher and the founder of the Yoga Teacher Conf. This episode originally aired on MBOm: Behind the Scenes, and we are talking about how to cultivate community online! When the pandemic hit, Allison was forced to transition all of her events online and so she has learned a ton about how to cultivate a thriving online community and she is sharing her top tips with you today! 

Enjoy! 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

In this episode:

  • We have to be good listeners to cultivate community online
  • Listen, ask questions, and start a dialogue from audience responses
  • A great way to get people to engage is to ask them questions about themselves (like where they went on vacation last or what’s their favorite color)
  • When you ask a question, wait 6 seconds for a response! Someone will usually respond and kick off the discussion!
  • Just because someone isn't engaging back with you in the online space doesn't mean they aren't watching and listening
  • You don't need a massive following to have a successful, engaged community or a successful business

Guest Links: 

Website: yogateacherconf.com

Yogatearcherconf Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yogateacherconf/?hl=en

Allison’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allisonrissel/

Referenced Links: Join the BTS Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mbomyoga

Mar 21, 2022

This week on the podcast I am joined by Pamela Seelig. Pamela is a yoga teacher and the author of Threads of Yoga: Themes, Reflections, and Meditations to Weave into Your Practice. In this episode of the podcast, we talk about how yoga studios and yoga teachers can begin to expand their offerings from just the physical asana and bring in more meditation, breathwork, and yoga philosophy to their classes and offerings, and how to do it in a way that feels accessible and interesting to students. Enjoy!

In this episode:

  • Pamela’s Yoga journey through Bell’s palsy
  • Studying Yoga, becoming a teacher, and starting a studio
  • Communicating the value of Yoga philosophy beyond physical postures
  • Weaving themes from Yoga philosophy into regular Yoga classes
  • The benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone as a Yoga teacher
  • The inspiration behind Pamela’s book Threads of Yoga
  • Yoga business tips from Pamela’s career

Guest Links:

Website:https://pamelaseelig.com

Threads of Yoga (Book): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1611808790

Pamela’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pamseelig/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pamelaseeligauthor

Mar 14, 2022

This week on the podcast I am re-joined by Angela Sealy. Angela is a yoga teacher, web designer and the founder of Good Karma Works. Angela came on the podcast in August 2021 to share tips for creating a DIY website and how to know when to hire someone to help you with your website. In this episode, we build off of that to discuss the steps that come next in your business after you have a website. Once you've put all of the hardwork into creating your website, what comes next? Angela shares her top tips for branding and marketing yourself and your business once you've created your website and how to utilize your website to the best of your ability to help you drive clients, and much more. 

Enjoy! 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

In this episode:

  • When do you need a website and what to figure out before you get started
  • What’s the next step after building your website?
  • Spreading the word and collecting client testimonials
  • How to plan out your website growth in stages
  • Being mindful of momentum and sustainability as you grow your website with content production
  • Growing your online presence with collaborations
  • Best approach to Search Engine Optimization
  • Best approach to web analytics
  • Staying organized and working web maintenance into your “CEO time”
  • The benefits of a business accountability partner

Guest Links:

Website: https://www.goodkarmaworks.com/about/

GoodKarmaWorks Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goodkarmaworksagency/?hl=en

Angela’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lilayogamassage/?hl=en

 

References:

MBOM Episode - How to Create an Amazing DIY Yoga Website & Brand with Angela Sealy

https://traffic.libsyn.com/mbomyoga/MBOM_-_Angela_Sealy.mp3

Mar 7, 2022
This week on the podcast we are talking about values and why they are important in our yoga businesses. We discuss what values are, how they relate to our "why" as yoga teachers, and why it is so important to have clear values. We also work through an exercise where we outline our top 5 core values so at the end of this episode, you will not only be clear on why having values that you stick to is important for your business, but you will also be clear on what yours are.  Enjoy! 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom

In this episode:

  • Value is defined as: A person's principles or standards of behavior; one's judgment of what is important in life.
  • The key to heart-centered business is to have values in your life and business that you stick to no matter what! 
  • Determine your core values 
  • Before we can do that, we have to understand our “why” as a yoga teacher 
    • Why did you start practicing yoga? 
    • Why did you decide to take teacher training? 
    • What is your reason for teaching yoga? 
    • Why do you show up for classes and for your students?
    • What gets you up in the morning to do the work that you do?
  • When you are clear on your why and you understand why is that you do what you do, you can dive into your core values
  • Start by writing down all of the words that come to mind for you when you think about what you value
  • Once you’ve got a long list of values, start to group them together and put like values with like values - create 5 groups of values at the maximum
  • Once you’ve got your groups of values look at the list and decide which word stands out most to you. This will help you identify your top 5 values. These are your core values.
  • Core values will help guide you when it comes to deciding how to run your business, big decisions, setting prices, who to work with, whether or not you want to say yes to a new partnership 
  • You should pass each business decision through your heart space and also make sure that they align with your values 
Feb 28, 2022

This week on the podcast I am joined by my dear friend Chelsey Breta Orth. Breta and I met in our first yoga teacher training program in Bali back in 2015 and she was one of my very first podcast guests. Since then I have watched her discover her niche and create a business that she loves called Moon Rise Ritual. In this episode, Breta shares her journey of teaching at yoga studios, stepping back to work on her own practices, discovering her passion for moon cycles and syncing to the rhythms of nature and our bodies, and how this has led her to develop a business that helps others connect to their own rhythms and moon cycles, as well as all the business lessons she's learned along the way. 

Enjoy! 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

In this episode:

  • Catching up with Breta
  • Learning to manage your life according to cycles
  • Starting Moonrise Ritual and building a niched down yoga practice
  • Cycle-based living in contrast to the modern grind
  • Practical ways to find cycle-honoring work/life balance
  • Making space for creativity
  • Fighting the social media scarcity mindset
  • Practicing what you preach

Guest Links:

Website: https://www.yogamoonrise.com/a-b-o-u-t

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yogamoonrise/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moonrise.ritual/

Conscious Uplevel Summit (March) - https://www.consciousuplevelsummit.com/coming-soon/

 

References:

Matcha Mornings Episode - Moon Cycles & Menstrual Cycles with Chelsey Beta: https://www.spreaker.com/user/11468954/chelsey-breta-matcha-mornings?utm_campaign=episode-title&utm_medium=app&utm_source=widget

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060881909/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

Woman Code by Alisa Vitti: https://www.amazon.com/WomanCode-Perfect-Amplify-Fertility-Supercharge/dp/006213079X

In the Flo by Alisa Vitti: https://www.amazon.com/Female-Advantage-Biochemistry-Productivity-Happiness-ebook/dp/B07CRKXNQC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=153ZQXGH9THRW&keywords=in+the+flow+alisa+vitti&qid=1645734552&s=books&sprefix=in+the+flow+%2Cstripbooks%2C78&sr=1-1

Wild Power: Discover the Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Feminine Path to Power by AlexandraPope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer - https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Power-Discover-Menstrual-Feminine/dp/1781807582/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1645734622&sr=8-1



Feb 21, 2022
This week on the podcast, I am joined by Jen Corley. Jen heads the Wellness Travel division at WeTravel, and she is also the mom of two little boys. In this episode, Jen shares how she prepared for both of her maternity leaves including, how much time she took off, how she prepared to be covered when she works on a small team, how she's transitioned back into working, childcare, and more. Jen shares some great tips for motherhood and maternity leave in this episode! 

Enjoy! 

 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

 

In this episode

  • Catching up with Jen
  • Planning for a maternity leave when working for a company
  • Mapping out responsibilities for pausing and delegating
  • Communicating with coworkers and team members
  • Financially planning for maternity leave
  • Working mom’s perspective on child care
  • How to actually go offline
  • Getting back into work and everyday life with baby
  • Reaching out to your community for mothering wisdom

 

Guest Links

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/retreatleaderhub/

Email: mailto:jen@wetravel.com

Website: wetravel.com

 

References

The First Forty Days by Heng Ou

Feb 14, 2022
This week on the podcast I am joined on the podcast by Kelly Smith. Kelly is an E-RYT 500 / YACEP yoga and meditation teacher, founder of Yoga For You, and host of the iTunes chart-topping podcasts, Mindful in Minutes and Meditation Mama. Kelly is also mom to a beautiful little boy, and in this episode, we are discussing all things motherhood and maternity leave! As a yoga teacher and solopreneur, it can be hard to navigate planning for a maternity leave so I picked Kelly's brain on how she planned her time off, how long she took off, what the transition coming back to work was like, and much more.

Enjoy! 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

In this episode:

  • Catching up with Kelly. Running a business and being pregnant during a pandemic
  • Trying to find balance as a mom and a business owner
  • Grief and gratitude. Experiencing simultaneous conflicting emotions
  • Creating a maternity leave as an entrepreneur
  • Building and managing a maternity to-do list
  • What’s the right amount of maternity leave?
  • Fielding and processing parenting advice

Guest Links

Podcasts:

mindfulinminutes - https://www.yogaforyouonline.com/podcast

Meditationmomma - https://www.yogaforyouonline.com/meditation-mama

Website: https://www.yogaforyouonline.com

Feb 7, 2022

This week on the podcast we are talking about software! When you start teaching yoga, you may not realize how much software you need to run your yoga business and it can be overwhelming with all of the different options out there. In this week's episode, I walk you through some of my favorite software programs, what they are used for, and why I like them. We discuss everything from websites, to design, to batching, automation and organization, to the best platforms for running livestream classes, memberships, video-on-demand, and more. 

Enjoy!

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

In this episode: 

  • Favorite website designing, hosting, and management software
  • Favorite software for live-streaming 
  • Favorite design software
  • Favorite booking, payment, and scheduling software
  • The benefits of simplicity and using all-in-one software 
  • Favorite video-on-demand software platforms
  • Favorite online course software
  • Favorite email newsletter software
  • Favorite social media batching and automation software
  • Favorite organization business tool software
  • Favorite analog organization tools
  • Favorite tax/accounting software

Website: 

  • Wordpress 
  • Wix 
  • OfferingTree 

 

Livestreaming: 

 

  •  Zoom 

Design: 

  • Canva 

Booking/Payments/Scheduling: 

  • Acuity 
  • OfferingTree - offeringtree.com/mbom  
  • Schedulicity 

Live Classes/Video on Demand/Memberships/Studios: 

Courses: 

  • OfferingTree 
  • Teachable
  • Thinkific 
  • Kajabi 

Email Newsletter Software:

  • Mailchimp
  • ConvertKit 
  • If you use Wix or OfferingTree, this stuff is built right in 

Batching & Automation: 

  • Facebook Business Suite
  • Hootsuite

Organization: 

  • Trello/Asana/Todist 
  • Passion Planner 
  • Gmail/Google Workspace 
  • Google Drive 

Taxes/Accounting: 

  • QuickBooks
  • TurboTax 
Jan 31, 2022

This week on the podcast I am joined by Tim Green. Tim is the Head of Marketing for TeamUp, the most recommended fitness management system for gyms, studios, and personal trainers. With over 20 years of experience in marketing and helping fitness business owners run their businesses, he has a unique perspective on how to achieve success and thrive in the ever-evolving fitness industry. In this episode, Tim and I discuss best marketing practices for yoga studios and yoga teachers, as well as trends he is seeing for 2022. Enjoy!

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

In this episode:

  • Tim’s story; transitioning from the cosmetics industry to starting a business helping fitness studio owners.
  • Joining TeamUp as an early-stage startup.
  • Top admin responsibilities that studio owners need help with
  • Tracing the yoga business client journey
  • Using administration to attract and cultivate great students
  • Studio admin trends over the last two years during the pandemic
  • Hybrid studios and the future of yoga/fitness classes

Guest Links:

Website: https://goteamup.com



Jan 24, 2022
This week on the podcast, I am joined by Kristie Nichol. Kristie is a 500-hour RYT and a registered CPA based in Canmore, Alberta. In this week's episode of the show, Kristie talks about how to get prepared for this year's tax season, as well as some of her top tips for getting organized and staying on top of your financials to help make tax season less of a burden. She also shares the importance of having a relationship with your finances and how working with an accountant, a bookkeeper, or using software can help you with this. 

Enjoy! 

 

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

This episode is also brought to you by MagicMind.

As yoga teachers and business owners, we are often juggling a million things at once so productivity and efficiency are super important! That’s why I am very excited to be partnering with MagicMind. 

MagicMind is a productivity drink that is made of all-natural ingredients and has adaptogens to help decrease stress, nootropics that boost blood flow, and Matcha to help keep you focused. 

I am super sensitive to caffeine, which means that I can’t pound coffee all day to stay energized and productive and that’s one of the reasons that I love MagicMind. There is minimal caffeine so you can get energized without getting the caffeine jitters and then the caffeine crash. 

Whether you are someone that needs a boost of productivity in the mornings or the afternoons, MagicMind is the perfect drink! I love to use MagicMind for a quick pick-me-up during the afternoon lag and I love to make it as a Matcha Latte! It’s healthy, it tastes great, and it helps me get into my flow state.

If you’d like to experience the benefits of increased productivity and mental energy, you can get MagicMind at www.magicmind.co/yoga and use code yoga20 for 20% off.

In this episode:

  • Transitioning from corporate finance to yoga instructing
  • Exercising a gift for accounting in the world of yoga
  • 2022 tax planning tips
  • Keeping track of deductibles and receipts
  • Using tax tech tools to automate your tax prep
  • The benefits of choosing to pay attention to how money works in your business
  • Keeping your business and personal accounts separate

Guest Links:

Website: knicholcpa.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shiftclarity/

 

Mentioned Links:

https://www.hubdoc.com

https://www.xero.com/us/

Jan 17, 2022

This week on the podcast I am re-joined on the podcast by Renee Clair. Renee is a yoga and meditation teacher, as well as the founder of the Productive Wellnesspreneur. In this week's episode of the show, Renee and I are diving into how to set SMART goals for the year, how to break them down by quarter, and then how to schedule time in to actually achieve them. Renee also shares some of her top tips for sticking to your timeblocks, dealing with unexpected situations that come up in life and business and throw off our schedules, how to get back to your schedule after that happens, and much more. Enjoy!

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

This episode is also brought to you by MagicMind.

As yoga teachers and business owners, we are often juggling a million things at once so productivity and efficiency are super important! That’s why I am very excited to be partnering with MagicMind. 

MagicMind is a productivity drink that is made of all-natural ingredients and has adaptogens to help decrease stress, nootropics that boost blood flow, and Matcha to help keep you focused. 

I am super sensitive to caffeine, which means that I can’t pound coffee all day to stay energized and productive and that’s one of the reasons that I love MagicMind. There is minimal caffeine so you can get energized without getting the caffeine jitters and then the caffeine crash. 

Whether you are someone that needs a boost of productivity in the mornings or the afternoons, MagicMind is the perfect drink! I love to use MagicMind for a quick pick-me-up during the afternoon lag and I love to make it as a Matcha Latte! It’s healthy, it tastes great, and it helps me get into my flow state.

If you’d like to experience the benefits of increased productivity and mental energy, you can get MagicMind at www.magicmind.co/yoga and use code yoga20 for 20% off. Once again, that’s magicmind.co/yoga and use the code yoga20 for 20%. 

In this episode:

  • How to navigate cycles of life in your business
  • What is energy management and how do we utilize it?
  • How to manage your energy when coming out of a busy season
  • Breaking down goals by quarter
  • How to set goals for the year
  • How to sharpen your goals from vague to specific smart goals
  • Learning the difference between annual goals, quarterly goals, projects, and tasks
  • How to block your time and stick to your time blocks
  • Remember the why behind your schedule
  • Giving yourself permission to ease back into your routine after time off

Guest Links:

Website: https://www.renee-clair.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theproductivewp/?hl=en



Jan 10, 2022

Hello, 2022! Happy New Year, everyone! I am so excited to be kicking off 2022 by diving into goal setting. Setting goals for both my year and each quarter has been such a beneficial practice for me and I am excited to share with you some of the tips and techniques that I use to decide on my goals, break them down quarterly, and make them tangible and actionable. You'll come away with a framework for setting your own Q1 and 2022 goals!

Enjoy!

This episode is brought to you by OfferingTree. If you're interested in finding an all-in-one platform for online or in-person teaching, then you should check out OfferingTree. OfferingTree has been supporting M.B.Om for over a year now and I not only love the product but I also love the people. OfferingTree is providing special pricing for M.B.Om listeners, so be sure to visit offeringtree.com/mbom.

This episode is also brought to you by MagicMind.

As yoga teachers and business owners, we are often juggling a million things at once so productivity and efficiency are super important! That’s why I am very excited to be partnering with MagicMind. 

MagicMind is a productivity drink that is made of all-natural ingredients and has adaptogens to help decrease stress, nootropics that boost blood flow, and Matcha to help keep you focused. 

I am super sensitive to caffeine, which means that I can’t pound coffee all day to stay energized and productive and that’s one of the reasons that I love MagicMind. There is minimal caffeine so you can get energized without getting the caffeine jitters and then the caffeine crash. 

Whether you are someone that needs a boost of productivity in the mornings or the afternoons, MagicMind is the perfect drink! I love to use MagicMind for a quick pick-me-up during the afternoon lag and I love to make it as a Matcha Latte! It’s healthy, it tastes great, and it helps me get into my flow state.

If you’d like to experience the benefits of increased productivity and mental energy, you can get MagicMind at www.magicmind.co/yoga and use code yoga20 for 20% off. Once again, that’s magicmind.co/yoga and use the code yoga20 for 20%. 

 

In this episode:

  • Self-grounding exercise 
  • Reflecting on 2021 overview
  • What are you letting go of from 2021? What are you carrying forward into 2022?
  • What do you want to accomplish this year?
  • Reflecting on 2021 goals
  • What went well in 2021? What didn’t go well?
  • What is one word that you want to use to define 2022?
  • What is the biggest goal that you’d like to achieve for 2022?
  • Planning out Q1 of 2022
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