Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Abby Durga Devi Bechek Hoot, Co-Owner of House of Yoga, located in Royal Oak, MI, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

House of Yoga is a community of sincere, spiritually based yogis. We serve students who wish to practice the 8 limbs of yoga. This includes the physical practices of asana, pranayama, and meditation. We teach and embody the virtuous practices of the Yamas and Niyamas with compassion and non-harming at the forefront. We are Bhakti Yogis and offer devotional practices of puja, sacred rituals, and kirtan. After fifteen years in a physical studio, we now teach virtually via Zoom and Teachable and offer live classes and events in our outdoor Sanctuary in spring, summer, and fall.

Tell us about yourself

I was introduced to mantra and meditation as a young girl and later initiated into the Siddha Yoga Lineage via Gurumayai's transmission when I was 18 years old. I found the physical practices of yoga and the ethical practices as an adult in my 30s. In the first Ashtanga class that I attended, the invocation was chanting, and I was "home." I knew without a doubt that this is my path.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Being authentic, not selling out to fads and trends of commercial yoga.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Maintaining a cool head.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. LOVE what you DO.
  2. Your LIFE and WORK will be one and the same.
  3. Be good and do good.

Where can people find you and your business?


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