I’m a bit of a perfectionist to say the least. If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it right. So you could imagine yoga has taught me many lessons when it comes to accepting imperfection and finding peace with this. Building a business has also been an extension of this – the accepting of imperfection. I began Jessica Dewar Yoga purely because I love to teach. Because I believe wholeheartedly in what I’m teaching and I feel a responsibility to share it. But stepping into a business with essentially no funding has meant having to accept that the business is far from perfect. That I could not open the doors with all the equipment, software, policies, staff and so much more that a business needs to function. A humbling experience indeed.
A Type A overachiever who has been known to let pride get in the way from time to time, I found it extraordinarily challenging reaching out for help. I’m so use to standing on my own two feet, keeping up appearances, that it was an unusual experience asking for support from others. But, I knew if I didn’t let go of my pride and accept the situation as it was, then progress was unlikely.
Equipment for a yoga studio is not cheap. From yoga mats to bolsters, there are some pretty hefty capital expenses that need to be invested upfront. I’m also passionate about health and the environment and refuse to settle on sub-par quality products. The toxins leeching out of plastic mats can have awful consequences on the body and I refuse to allow my students to practice on unsafe materials. Unfortunately, however, the more health conscious one is, the higher the price tag, making the challenge of sourcing new mats etc increasingly difficult given my financial situation.
Following a lot of research, I decided the mats I wanted were from Stretch Now, a company committed to sharing products that are manufactured with minimal impact on the Earth using rubber from sustainable sources. Tick! I felt our visions for a healthier and happier world aligned strongly, (which is also an important factor for me when it comes to collaborating with other businesses).
With funds dwindling and lovely good quality mats becoming further away from attainability, you could imagine how grateful I was when Stretch Now decided to sponsor us. All mats were provided as a way of showing their support of our mission to make yoga accessible to all. Gratitude doesn’t come close to how I feel in response to such a generous act.
Since the studio opened, I’ve heard nothing but fabulous reviews about the mats, which is such wonderful feedback that I am so proud to pass onto the Stretch Now team.
As you know, health is my priority and it is so important we all take care when it comes to the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and yes, even the mats we practice on. The toxins we breathe affect every part of our body. As a studio owner, I consider it my responsibility to ensure students are offered the safest, healthiest experience possible. And it really does begin with something as simple as our yoga mat.
So if you’re looking for a beautiful gift to treat yourself or someone dear to you, then I couldn’t more highly recommend Stretch Now products. They’ve just had a new shipment come in but naturally everything is selling out fast, so be sure to check them out sooner rather than later! Head to https://www.stretchnow.com.au/
Finally, I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the team at Stretch Now for believing in us. For sharing our vision and giving us the boost we needed to get up and running. Your kindness and support will not be forgotten.