Photo: ©Sadie Nardini, YAMA Talent
Founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga
Real DIH (Do-it-Herself) woman meets a perfect match
BY MAGAZINE EDITOR SUSAN MAIER-MOUL
Website YAMA Talent: Sadie Nardini
Conversation: Ava Taylor Part One
Conversation: Ava Taylor, Part Two
Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, is the author of the life-shifting book, The Road Trip Guide to the Soul (Wiley, 2008) which is currently being produced as a TV show. Sadie’s also the Ultimate Wellness expert for Dr. Oz’s Sharecare, and creator of the Total Transformation series of yoga DVDs.
The Magazine of Yoga asked Sadie if she wanted to tell people anything about working with Ava Taylor and YAMA Talent. She very generously took time from her work to write these remarks to share with you.
As anyone who knows me can tell you, I’m a real DIH (Do-it-Herself) kind of woman.
I came to New York City from the Midwest on my own dime over a decade ago, and in that time, built up a thriving yoga teaching career out of speaking my core truth. When Ava decided to start her agency, I had no idea she was thinking of it. I’d known her from lululemon and we had an upcoming lunch date. Little did I know how much my world was about to be changed over that meal.
I had other concerns: my life was coming to a point where I was about to tear my hair out. Yoga Journal and other huge organizations were inviting me to present my yoga and lifestyle message, and I wanted to do it all, yet let’s just say that negotiating contracts or dealing with numbers in any form is not my strong suit.
So, when we sat down to lunch, she told me her plans to start an agency for yoga instructors, and didn’t even let her finish before I said “I’m in.”
I knew instantly that what she’s offering to teachers like me is genius. My aha moment came as she painted the picture of how it takes a village to raise a yogi, and I saw right away how much more I could do if I had two of ‘me’–one to take the tedious organization and scheduling off my plate and one to do what I do best: teach.
Ava does many things for me, but the most important for me is that when she works on my behalf, it saves all that extra energy for crafting my workshops, and showing up for my students as the best I can be.
At first, however, I was afraid to give over some of the responsibility; certain that no one could do it like I could, but she proved me wrong on that one from the start. She’s better at what she does than I would be, and where I lack, she’s skilled.
It’s a perfect match.
Prosperity and prospects: I see results
Every week, Ava and her other agents work closely with me to plan my upcoming appearances, and envision what’s next–we’re the queens of the to-do list–then we all put our respective wheels in motion.
It might sound like I’m gushing, but the results I see all around me prove every word to be true: since I’ve partnered with YAMA, both my prosperity and prospects have skyrocketed.
Importantly, where before I was teaching on a national platform, but staggering under the workload, I now have the vitality to show up for all of it because I’m not depleted trying to do everything.
It was a huge epiphany for me to realize that even though I’m a capable, creative person, having a team helps me reach even more people with the healing benefits of yoga and living from their core than I can alone.
For this self-made yogi, it’s been a real lesson in letting go, delegating and trusting my team to handle things. But hey, that’s just another way I can practice my yoga.
I consider it my YAMA-asana!
Website YAMA Talent: Sadie Nardini
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