Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey by launching a yoga business but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kanti Freeman, owner of Divine Harmony, from Northamptonshire, England, UK.
Tell us all about your business...
I am a Sound Therapist & Yoga Teacher offering 1-1 sessions, group Sound baths, Yoga workshops & Retreats. My customers are generally women wishing to give themselves time to restore & replenish. I love creating a grounded & nurturing space for people to rest in & I am passionate about providing people with the opportunity to experience the place within themselves that is totally at peace.
What's your background and motivation to grow as a solopreneur?
So in my 20's I experienced deep depression & anxiety, went the conventional medical route of anti-depressants, talking therapy, etc...I was eventually referred to a day resource center by my GP, where I began to attend a weekly yoga class, meditation session & Art Therapy & through this, I slowly but surely began to feel more balanced. It inspired me to want to share what had worked for me with others, so even though I still had a lot of self-doubts, I felt compelled to train as a Yoga teacher - I qualified in 2005 and haven't looked back since. I then started exploring the power of sound as a means also to access peace of mind, and my journey into sound began...I love that people can walk into one of my sessions looking & feeling a certain way & that at the end, they can look & feel completely different. It never ceases to amaze me how by simply taking time out to breathe, move the body & receive resonant sounds that people experience a shift in how they are feeling. Their relationship to their thoughts has shifted too. It continues to inspire me to create the space for people so that this can happen!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Out of my wish to support others, I have created a successful small business, reaching hundreds & hundreds of people over the years.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a solopreneur?
The continual promotion of my work, answering inquiries late at night. Having to be consistent with social media, sometimes the isolation comes with being the only one in my business. Learning to say 'no' to work and to maintain a good work/life balance.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run or grow a small business today?
- Choose something you are genuinely passionate about.
- Believe that what you offer has value to others.
- Be consistent.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
It can feel scary to put yourself out there, so don't listen to the negative mind chatter....stay focused on your 'why'
Where can people find you online?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solopreneur that you'd like to share then email firstname.lastname@example.org, we'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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