As a yoga teacher who cares deeply for yoga, I know you want to honor this tradition in your offerings as well as in your marketing so that’s why this conversation is happening today.
My guest, Ravi Jaishankar, is someone I met at a yoga conference and he truly blew me away with how he shared his message. Ravi was born in India and comes from a Hindu family and now lives in Colorado. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the history and tradition of yoga and I’m thrilled to have him as a guest on the podcast.
Let me set the stage for you, I’m at the Yoga Teacher Conf in Denver, CO and I was attending the speaker and sponsor dinner. As you typically do at a dinner event, people start to introduce themselves and I just so happened to be one of the first and someone asked for the name of my podcast. After saying “Marketing Yoga with Confidence” it sparked quite the conversation. One that I will never forget.
Ravi was across the table from me and as the conversation turned to yoga as a business he shared his viewpoint so eloquently that it truly struck a chord with me. All around the table people asked him questions about the tradition of yoga and I was taking it all in all the while knowing that I was going to ask him to be a guest on this podcast. I knew I wanted to know his opinion from a marketing perspective. I was truly impressed with how he handled all the questions coming his way and he did so with calm and kindness for hours. It was remarkable to watch.
So after dinner and several hours of chatting went by it was time for me to go to bed but I wasn’t walking away without getting Ravi’s email address. So I walked over and asked him if he would be interested in being a guest on the podcast and possibly a guest in my membership too. I’m thrilled he said yes and I’m honored to say that he’s here today and will be a guest inside Thrive as well.
I’m asking him all the questions of how yoga teachers who aren’t Hindu can honor the tradition of yoga in their business and especially in their marketing. He has great insights into this and I know you’ll walk away with a lot after this conversation.
*Note: This is Part 1 of a 2-part series on the topic of Care. Part 2 is caring for yourself as an entrepreneur.
Traditional Sanskrit Invocation
Om Sahana Vavatu
Saha Viryam Karavavahai
Tejas Vinavadi Tamastu Maavid Vishavahaihi
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi
ॐ सह नाववतु ।
सह नौ भुनक्तु ।
सह वीर्यं करवावहै ।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
May That (Infinite Being) protect us
May That nourish us both
May we work together with great energy and vigor
May our intellect be sharpened
Let there be no Animosity amongst us
Om! peace, peace, peace.
This is how Ravi started off the conversation and what a beautiful way to start. He continued on to share so many insights about how yoga teachers can honor the tradition of yoga in their offerings, lives and of course, marketing.
**This was also a podcast episode (episode #153. Use the player below if you'd prefer to listen to this message.