Name: Donna Noble
Job title: Yoga Teacher
Time in current role: 5 years
Donna is the creator of CurveSomeYoga, a radio presenter and a coach. Visit her website thenobleartofyoga.co.uk
Why did you decide to start your business?
Whilst working as an IT manager a friend advised that I think of a plan B so I decided to train to be a yoga teacher. I was going to be made redundant at work and it became apparent to everyone but me that yoga had become my passion. So my plan B became my plan A.
I travelled to LA to become a certified Bikram (yoga) teacher, and my nine-week stay turned into six months of travelling and teaching in New York and Texas. I was living in an amazing yoga bubble – just going with the flow and enjoying it.
What are the key functions of your role?
One a day-to-day basis I teach yoga – these can be one-to-ones, corporate classes or group classes, and can involve Skype sessions or travelling to studios or clients’ houses. Some of the sessions will combine yoga and coaching on how to lead a stress-free and simple life.
When I’m not teaching one of my main projects is CurveSomeYoga, which is a movement I created to change the face of yoga and show that ‘every BODY is a yoga body’, making yoga more diverse and accessible. This involves blogging and writing for various publications.
Talk us through your typical working day
My days normally start with meditation, yoga and a cup of hot lemon at around 5.30am. Then it’s magic hour where I spend time improving my relationships with my clients. This could be as simple as wishing a client happy birthday or creating a new campaign. After this I shower, have breakfast and then start with my social media routine.
My hours are flexible and I try not to see clients before 10am. If I’m not teaching then I’ll attend a yoga class where I can be the student. I then leave home to do a class. I split my week between teaching and admin – teaching on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and doing admin on Wednesdays and Fridays. I try to practice yoga in a studio at least three times a week.
I have lunch on the go, either a green smoothie or something from a health food store. Then I get on with the admin or any coaching calls that I may have. Invariably I will work on Curvesomeyoga – this could be t-shirt designs, blogging/completing my business plan, or preparing for a retreat or workshop. I also research and prep for my radio show ‘The Noble Art of Wellbeing’.
I normally have dinner at around 7pm, then resume work until around 10pm, blogging and writing for various magazines. In the evening I will be catching up on more admin and listen to podcasts or webinars. Then it’s off to bed at around 11pm.
Your favourite part of the job?
Helping my clients achieve breakthroughs in their life and yoga practice. Also seeing the growth of clients that didn’t previously consider doing yoga become body confident and showing them that they are capable of so much more than they ever imagined.
…and the part you could do without?
The business aspect of the job, writing business plans, self-promotion and accounts.
How would your clients describe you in three words?
Passionate, inspirational and fun.
Plans for the future?
To go with the flow, as the less I plan the more my life seems to map out. And to continue to evolve the image of yoga and fitness by making it more diverse and accessible.
I’d like to cultivate a business that can be done anywhere in the world and do more workshops and retreats at a popup space where I can help women on their yoga journeys.
Do you have any advice for other aspiring entrepreneurs/freelancers?
- Go with the flow and keep your business as simple as possible.
- Don’t allow anyone to stop you pursuing your dreams.
- Believe that everything is possible.
- Trust your instinct.
- Try to have fun and enjoy the journey. LLY