After having her first child, Jan Garrity returned to her job as a primary school teacher with a whole new look on life.
‘When I had my daughter I was lucky to have a whole year off with my baby. During this time I had a complete change of focus; home-life became more important and I also began to let go of work stress and just be myself.’
On returning to work, she became increasingly aware of the fact that children are also under a lot of stress. With pressure to perform, hit endless targets and sit assessment after assessment, Jan began wondering how she could help.
At this time, yoga had become a big part of her life. She explained: ‘It continued to help me grow stronger physically and mentally after a difficult birth. It also helped me maintain my sense of self and the elusive work-life balance when I began teaching again.’
This is when she realised that everyone should be able to feel the benefits of yoga, like the ones that had helped her so greatly through a particularly stressful period. Shiva Yoga for Youth was the result of this realisation.
‘Shiva Yoga for Youth provides traditional Hatha Yoga classes for kids, teens and adults. We promote youth and vitality for all from 3 to 103 years! If you can breathe, you can do yoga. Classes are available in schools, gyms and community settings.’
After deciding to turn her passion for Yoga into a business, Jan began doing some research and came across The Women’s Organisation, who could offer her free business start-up support.
‘The Women’s Organisation helped me with my business plan, tax, bookkeeping and social media. They were all very helpful and useful to bring me up to speed with necessary information. The marketing aspects of social media were particularly great.’
Having all of this knowledge behind her, Jan has moved forward to create a rewarding business, with Shiva Yoga for Youth attracting both adults and children. Currently she is running a very successful Friday evening adult class and has recently began teaching yoga and relaxation to children in schools. This has helped her gain a school contract for 2014, allowing her to grow her business with the hope of running children’s weekend classes too.
Jan is finding self-employment very satisfying. She told us: ‘I am excited about what I have achieved in a short space of time and its potential for growth. I am also quite proud. My advice to anyone who wants to start a business would be… Go for it! Follow your dream, make a plan of action and do it! Also, go to The Women’s Organisation.’
‘I’m doing something I love and I truly believe in how it benefits people. I love seeing this for myself at the end of every session.’
If you are interested in taking up yoga, Shiva Yoga for Youth can be found on Facebook: facebook.com/shivayogaforyouth you can also contact Jan directly on: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07906523003
Do you live in Merseyside and have an idea that you've been considering turning into a business? Contact The Women's Organisation for free business start-up support and training workshops. http://www.thewomensorganisation.org.uk / 0151 706 8111 / email@example.com
By Beckie Kinsella
By Beckie Kinsella