Our guest this week started reframing her life early in her career! Ashley’s entrepreneurial journey started with a dream to create a space where people could come to strengthen their minds and bodies, share a sense of community and leave feeling their best. At twenty years old, while completing her business degree, she started working in the fitness world including personal training and teaching a variety of different fitness disciplines. After finishing school, like many, she began working in the corporate world and quickly realized the 9 to 5 life wasn’t for her! But it was when she took her first yoga training in 2007 that she knew right away what she wanted to do. She knew she could help people by sharing the physical and mental benefits she was receiving from her own yoga practice with others. Since then, she has completed thousands of hours of training in yoga, meditation, anatomy, fitness, leadership, and business. She has invested in and consulted other yoga studios both in Canada and the US and has mentored over twenty students that went on to be teachers and leaders in the community.
At the age of twenty-two she decided she wanted to start her own business. And at twenty-four that dream was actualized when she opened her yoga studio! We discuss the learning curve that she encountered as a young woman starting a business. Ashley talks about how her own yoga practice helped her to keep showing up even when it was uncomfortable.
A word of wisdom we are taking away is:
Your business growth will always match your personal growth.
In this episode, we cover a lot of ground. We talk about body image, self-confidence and some of the barriers people have when it comes to yoga. If you have ever considered going to a yoga studio but social media images of perfect bodies effortlessly holding extremely difficult poses scares you away, you’ll love Ashley’s experience with yoga. Ashley explains how yoga can help increase mobility and flexibility as well as the well-known mental and spiritual benefits.
If you are interested in starting your own business, Ashley is hosting a free online summit called The Entrepreneurial Adventure Guide. Click on the image for more details.
Reflecting on this episode reminded us the overlap between personal development, business development and leadership development. When you are focused on any of these areas there is a ripple effect in the other two. If you would like to connect with Ashley you can email her at email@example.com or find her on Instagram @ashelytkeefe.