Modern day Yogi and Yoga Therapist, Salimah Kassim-Lakha has travelled internationally using the technology of Yoga to lead, heal, teach and transform. After years of studying and teaching as an instructor, Salimah has recently taken the plunge and become an entrepreneur, opening her own studio – YogaVision.
Tell us a bit about YogaVision.
YogaVision is a regular temperature Yoga centre in Mississauga. Our guiding principles are Love – Serve – Uplift. Love is the creative answer to all questions. Our mission is to serve the community – both local and global with the art and science of Yoga and Meditation. Our teachers are highly trained with a deep appreciation for their students. Our intention for all who come to the centre is to feel better after class. We offer classes for all ages and all abilities. We welcome those who are new to the practice and those who are experienced. Our goal is to help our members deepen their practice through excellence in teaching and a heightened awareness of the benefits of a regular Yoga and Meditation practice.
How did you decide to go from independent instructor to owning your own studio?
This dream of owning and operating a Yoga Centre moved from a seed to a bloom because I made a bold declaration and I believed it could happen. Without belief, the idea would have remained in suspended animation. Wanting in futility feels bad. Wanting and knowing it will happen is inspired living. This comes back to beliefs. A belief is just a repetitive thought. You can think anything you want. Be careful of who you share with though – naysayers abound. Only you can make things possible or impossible.
Where did you start when you realized you wanted to become a business owner?
As soon as the idea solidified in my mind – I started to ask questions. I looked up the software I would need. I talked to others with experience in retail. I looked at the Yoga world around me and made decisions about how I wanted my version to look and feel and smell and even taste – come try the Yogi Tea! From wanted to expecting to creating – all of it required me to be who I wanted to be. Nothing less and nothing more. When I got stuck for ideas or direction – I asked for help. You can too.
Any advise for people looking to take the plunge into full-time entrepreneurship?
I’m having a blast. There is nothing sweeter, more meaningful than doing what I love and trusting it will all get done. It’s a thrilling ride and there is so much more ahead. Now a month old – YogaVision Centre is taking shape and form. The teachers here have a wealth of experience – I learn from them every day – and they are great company. The members who are joining on a daily basis are fun, relaxed and looking to deepen their practice. Exactly who I intended to work with.
If I can do it – so can you. So – what is it that your heart desires? Take the first step. Here is a great meditation to start the process:
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