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  1. In April I launched my online yoga membership ‘YOUR. Home Yoga Studio’ with Lisa Cuerden.  Now with well over 100 members and growing, yogi’s (and those new to beginner yoga) join me through the week for LIVE yoga classes, meditations, yoga tutorials and much more.  I'd love to share my journey with you...

    The main thing that has got me through this entire lockdown situation has been my yoga and meditation practice – without it I’ve no idea how I would have felt mentally and emotionally.
     
    Yoga is so much more than a way to stretch your body or make yourself physically stronger – it brings you to the present moment which is the moment where nothing else matters – all you have is that very moment, that breath – in that moment you have freedom and space physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically.
     
    People need this even if they don’t realise, that’s why there was no way I was going to stop teaching or giving people ‘the thing’ they needed the most in this challenging time.  I literally felt I had no choice but to put all my energy and efforts into creating something so that people could continue to practice with me.
     
     My skills lie in creating and teaching classes and definitely not in working out technology but I knew I had to. After many hours of planning and operational set up, on April 27 I was at last ready to launch my on-line yoga membership, something I’d always dreamt of but never had the time to do. And so ‘YOUR. home yoga studio’ was launched. 
     
    During the planning and launch period I worked closely with my good friend and marketing expert Victoria Branch of VB Marketing who has masses of experience in membership marketing, helping people pivot and grow businesses.  I am a creative type, I can teach great yoga but when it comes to launching something brand new in my business, I knew I needed help.   Victoria guided me through developing the structure and the branding of my new membership from the initial concept through to launching and selling my first 100 memberships.  She helped me plan the membership launch working through how operationally it would work and what messages to put out to my audience and how.   Victoria gave me the confidence to go out there and do it and then helping drive growth in the business in a sustainable way. Without Victoria I would never have been able to do all this.  I also invested in specialist lighting, microphones, internet upgrades, consistently changing my living room into a yoga studio each day, lots of tears, frustrations, sleepless nights… but I did it!   I created an online yoga studio giving people what they need each day in the most challenging of times.
     
    I wanted to make it as accessible to as many people as possible so chose the most popular platform – Facebook.
     
    By running my classes each day via Facebook live it means people can do it in their pjs as no-one can see them plus all the classes are saved so if people are not able to do it live they can do at a time to suit them.
     
    I wanted to give people a variety of classes, lengths, styles plus I add in a guest teacher each week offering something completely different from HIIT, Combat, Dance, Aerobics, Sound Baths, Meditations.
     
     YOUR. home yoga studio’ is growing day by day and I am loving putting my heart and soul into it.  Not only as it helped me through this challenging time and so many others it has continued to allow me to continue with my purpose in life and also not lose my business.
     
    If you are wanting to try out ‘YOUR. home yoga studio’ can try it for free I am offering a ‘7 day free trial’.

    Thank you for being part of my amazing journey and reading my story so far.

    Lots of love,

    Lisa xxxx

     

  2. Many of us are taking tiny steps to return back to “normal” life, and the thing I am thinking about the most right now is what my next chapter will look like.

    Like many of us, I have experienced a tremendous amount of change in my career over the past couple of months.

    •           Yoga classes: Cancelled

    •           Yoga 1 to 1: Not possible

    •           Presenting at events: Not happening

    Maybe you have experienced something like this too. It’s not a choice to reinvent yourself, sometimes life forces you to.  What a rollercoaster ride we’ve all been through and in fact continue to go through but also what an empowering life changing time if you allow it to be.

    Not only a time for the earth to heal but also the time for us to connect to ourselves, take the time to heal our bodies, minds, souls remembering healing is not easy - we have to sometimes go into the challenging places to create healing and change which is not fun.

    I want to also send out my deep love to those that have lost precious ones due to this pandemic my heart truly goes out to you.

    I’ve had both an incredible time and an incredibly challenging time through lockdown – I’ve started an online studio which if I’m honest I’ve been trying to create more of an online platform for years to reach out to more and more people to give them the gift of yoga - this has been for me a fantastic experience.  It brings me joy each day to connect online to people I used to see nearly every day to those that I’ve met at events and retreats in the past as well as people I’ve never met in person. This community of people are a huge part of my life right now and give me purpose each day - this is not going to stop even post COVID.  ‘YOUR. Home Yoga Studio’ is here to stay!

    I will go back as soon as I’m allowed to teach people in person as I love the connection and energy that a face to face class brings. Soon I’ll be able to run classes outside so if you’re Oxford based then keep an eye out for some pop-up classes in the Park, also if you’re one of my 1-1 clients or are interested in having 1-1s we can do that in your garden or in a park so please get in touch.

    As I mentioned above its not all been fun and games - I’ve been challenged with my living situation, the loss of control of knowing what’s happening moving forward both in my personal life and business has caused some old demons to come back but it also made me realise how far I have come when facing these inner demons, how much healing I have done through yoga and meditation, all my teacher trainings and time away to connect to myself on a deeper level has showed me what a powerful impact these have had on my life and the person I am now.

    I’ve heard from so many of my wonderful ‘YOUR. home yoga studio’ members encouraging me that what I’m doing is definitely the way forward and enjoyed.  I feel in a truly honoured position to be able to bring you yoga and meditation to your home.

    Thank you for reading this. Let’s kick start out June together.

    Sending Deep Love to you all

     Lisa x

     Hear what my lovely members have to say:

     “The main benefits to YOUR. home yoga studio are that I can continue to practice what I love with the person I most love doing it with. Being able to be a part of a group of lovely like minded group brings me joy.

    It’s nice not to be so reliant on the gym visits , good to have another source to go to whenever or wherever.

    Sarah 

    “I love the flexibility of being able to practice with you either live or more often with me on catch up and the huge bank of meditations/practices that you provide.”

     Ali 

     “I love having the timetable for the week to help structure my days, as well as the flexibility to do the sessions at another time to fit around work. It's good doing a session knowing other people are on at the same time - the sense of community. And I love the variety - each class is different, and stretches me, and gives me more to aim for.

    Suzi 

    The flexibility of joining you live or being able to catch up works so well. Also, being able to practise online with a teacher I know and completely trust is amazing - there are lots of online platforms out there, but I love the way you teach and it works for my mind and body. I definitely continue with this an will combine it with gym so I could see you and friends in person”

    Katie 

     “I enjoy being able to practice with you, I wouldn’t be doing yoga as regularly if this space had not come along.”

    Arrie Lawrence

    “I’m doing more yoga which is always good but particularly enhanced as your practice is always varied & challenging - never one the same! I have since lockdown been doing more road cycling & yoga has really helped alleviate any back tightness.  A great teacher/ communicator & on top of that you have a beautiful cat! 🐈!”

    Jacqui Bartlett