Hello all, we've got some big news at Yoga Quota and our biggest hire yet!
I set up Yoga Quota in 2014 aiming to make yoga more accessible for vulnerable people, with self funding business model and a unique quota system that makes us accountable (business model) and working hard.
We became a charity so you know we have the oversight from the charities commission and three independent unpaid trustees.
I've always dreamt big for Yoga Quota The trustees and I want it to be the yoga provider of choice in the charity sector in the UK. We have already made big steps towards this with Badgeholders, studio partners and charity partners UK wide. And all funded through the generosity of the Yoga community in Oxford who come to our studio and our teacher training.
Yoga Quota has always been a personal journey of love for me. I have built up an amazing team at the studio who make it possible and in parallel I've had a baby now two years old and I'm expecting my second in two weeks.
So now for the changes!
I've become one of the unpaid trustees of Yoga Quota giving me the time to focus on the babies but still allowing yoga quota to grow and continue to follow our dreams.
We hired Harriet as CEO, and she has been transitioning to the role over the last two months. Harriet and I are freakily in tune with each other's outlooks. She provides for Yoga Quota an impressive skill set blending science, publishing, art, and yoga, and has been my trusted unofficial deputy in the Oxford studio for a long time, and more recently partner in the teacher training. All our clients love her and following every vulnerable group she teaches I get overwhelmingly positive responses.
I look forward to Harriet putting her stamp on Yoga Quota. Under her wing we will deliver our dreams of becoming the yoga provider of choice for the charity sector and making yoga accessible for vulnerable people UK wide .
All the best decisions are win-win for parties you've probably noticed! This is no different! I get time with the babies yet continued leadership of Yoga Quota as an unpaid trustee. Harriet gets to be CEO before she is 30 years old of an established and thriving charity. Yoga Quota gets to step up to the next level of reach and impact for vulnerable people.
Bring it on!
It is with great joy and excitement that I step into the role of CEO of Yoga Quota. Since arriving in Oxford in November 2015, Yoga Quota has been an integral part of my life here. I think it was only our second day in Oxford that Adam and I took our first class in the breakout space in Turl Street Kitchen! I can safely say that I instantly fell in love with the glorious YQ community.
I fondly remember our first Sangha Party, and love knowing that many of those who were there with us have since gone onto their own teacher training journeys to become YQ trainees and teachers, themselves working to spread yoga to vulnerable groups.
I began teaching for YQ in January of 2016, and in that time have enjoyed being part of a vibrant and innovative teaching team. I’ve taught charity classes for a wide range of groups, and love that YQ has enabled me to spread the benefits of a practice that has helped me so much to others. In 2017, we commenced with our first 200hr yoga teacher training, which has been a profound source of pleasure and fulfilment.
This is all to say that, when Anne approached me about the role of CEO, I had no hesitation in saying a big juicy YES. Working with Anne these past two years has been a wonderful experience. I have constantly admired her passion and dedication for sharing yoga with vulnerable groups, a commitment which I know she will carry over into her new role as Director of Trustees. Anne is a kind and frank mentor, and a loyal and funny friend.
Looking forward to 2018, I’m excited to continue delivering on our 5 year strategy. With nearly 80 badgeholders nationwide and growing, YQ is in a unique position to become the yoga provider of choice for charities. I hope to continue building strong and collaborative relationships with our charity partners, working to provide yoga for their service users and communities.
With our teacher training program, YQ is also able to strive for excellence in teaching and industry best practice. Our teachers are trained to make yoga accessible, approachable and individual, and they constantly impress me with their compassion and ingenuity. In 2018 our teacher training offering will continue to grow, as we hope to introduce Pregnancy Yoga teacher training in late 2018.
The Oxford studio continues to be the hub of our community, and in 2018 I hope to further support and encourage its growth — as our main fundraiser the growth of the studio is central to the growth of our charity work. I’m supremely fortunate to have an amazing teaching team, every one is unique, smart and much beloved! Our clients are also some of the most wonderful I’ve ever had the privilege to teach, and I look forward to practising with you all in 2018.
Finally, I’d like to extend an enormous thank you to Anne, whose work over the past three years has enabled YQ to be the amazing organisation that it is today. It is on the foundation she has laid that I now have the privilege of continuing to build Yoga Quota.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday period, and happy new years!