Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Brady.
Hi Dana, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
In 2013, I attended a Yoga & Meditation retreat at the Chopra Center (now Chopra Global) in Carlsbad, CA with my husband. He was always the one in the relationship that was more deeply connected to the spiritual side of Yoga & Meditation; I simply saw yoga for its physical benefits and for my own running & race recovery. Four days into the retreat, I was inspired by those teaching and sharing the spiritual gifts of yoga with me that I decided I wanted to share those same benefits with as many people as I could. By the end of the week, I had committed to joining the “Teacher’s Path” with the Chopra Center and signed up to begin my certification in the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. After one year of studying, practicing and in-person retreats, I received my Yoga Teacher Certification in November 2015.
In January 2016, I formed my own business, Go With the Flow, and began teaching a few days a week to fellow employees after work as a little “side hustle” to go along with my 9-5 office job. These weekly classes led to some amazing events & opportunities and allowed me to share the gift of yoga on a larger scale within my company, leading up to 1,800 students at one particular event through Sunrise Yoga Sessions on International Yoga Day.
In December 2020, my company was forced to downsize and go through a series of layoffs due to the Pandemic. I was unfortunately a casualty of those layoffs but wasted no time in shifting gears from a full-time corporate mindset to a full-time mindfulness mindset. I shifted my focus to doing something that I had been wanting to do for a while but could never find the time – growing Go With the Flow and reaching others within my community and around the globe.
Ten months after being officially let go, I have grown my business from 2 classes a week for a total of 38 people to 10-12 classes and events each week, reaching over 75+ people per week. My classes have taken on a new form, offering both the traditional in-person group classes that I grew accustomed to offering, to now having private clients, and virtual clients that are located in Central Florida, the Northeastern United States, and even as far as Australia. I offer monthly Yoga classes at Ivanhoe Park Brewing and The Showcase of Citrus and have even partnered with the Orange County Library System, offering virtual yoga (including the occasional Chair Yoga class) once a month.
Perhaps one of the most fulfilling opportunities that has come my way this year is offering weekly classes to my Father-in-Law’s Assisted Living Facility in Western Pennsylvania. Being able to share this gift of mobility to residents who have adopted a more sedentary lifestyle has been so rewarding to me, and the ability to watch them grow and find more flexibility and strength within themselves has been a reward that I realize may never have come my way if it were not for a major change in my life.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Starting out a brand new business is intimidating. I feel so lucky that I had already established my business and did not need to start from scratch. I had a very good client base that has been so supportive of me over the past ten months, and there are a few faces that continually show up at every event or every class in order to support me. Those are the parts that make all of this seem easy.
However, every road has its bumps, and this one has certainly had a few. There is a sense of uncertainty when leaving a job with a steady paycheck, to one that can vary from week to week. I have had to step outside of my comfort zone and promote myself and boost my own ego when trying to take on new clients or introduce myself to new businesses to help lead events. A good number of my offerings are virtual – I grew comfortable with being in the same room as my students and being able to safely guide them into yoga postures or give them alternatives if I notice them struggling- my approach is not as hands-on now, and I have to rely on what I can see through the virtual chat windows, Each time I find myself doubting my abilities, or wondering if I will get enough students to fill a class, I just remind myself of my business name, “Go With the Flow” – Move along with the prevailing forces, accept the prevailing trend- and I work and promote myself a little harder.
And there are, of course, the challenges that you can’t avoid that come with teaching a class outdoors – between struggling with the sounds of traffic along the roadway; mother nature deciding that the rainstorm could not wait another 5 minutes until we finished rolling up our mats; having a bird fly directly overhead and leave his mark on my yoga mat; or watching the “Circle of life” between a hawk & a squirrel one morning. These are the stories I share and laugh at each time.
We’ve been impressed with Go With the Flow, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a small business dedicated to the health & well-being of others through physical poses & flow of Yoga. I am physically located in Winter Garden, Florida, offering group & private yoga instruction throughout Central Florida and virtually to anywhere around the globe.
I specialize in restorative yoga that can be done by everybody and every body – I offer variations to accommodate different levels of physical fitness, and I like to impress upon my students that you do not need to be flexible to do yoga – flexibility will come with practice, and yoga is the perfect practice for that. I also offer chair yoga for those with mobility issues or those that find themselves seated at a desk for the majority of their day.
I am also a runner and offer classes that specialize in yoga geared specifically for runners, helping them to complement a training program or to aid in race recovery.
I currently offer:
- In-person group classes in Winter Garden & Clermont.
- Virtual group classes twice a week
- An all-levels “Bend & Brew Yoga” at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company on the first Wednesday of each month
- Private yoga sessions, travel to my clients’ homes. For my private clients, I meet with each one prior to our first session to get an idea of their strengths, challenges and goals. I create a custom program to help meet your needs while continuing to build strength, relaxation and flexibility for you.
How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
If you are a business looking to offer a break for your employees, I am available for corporate bookings, to lead your team through an all-levels yoga class, or a chair yoga session to bring a little bit of movement into a daily 9-5 routine.
If you are looking to add a little extra movement into your life, I can help to create a yoga program for you to get you moving and build flexibility in your body through weekly private yoga sessions.
I also invite you to join in one of my in-person group classes or virtual classes that meet each week. I am happy to share those details and specifics with you.
Following me on my social media accounts is a great way to keep up with my Central Florida appearances and sometimes the best way to give yoga a try for the first time.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/Gowiththeflow_danabrady
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/GoWithTheFlowYogi/
- Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/GoWiththeFlowDanaBrady/