Samasti Yoga – the founder who became a successful entrepreneur!
We can finally announce that Samasti Yoga will be one of the successful companies who will give out a lecture on how to master the art of entrepreneurship and leadership to our students joining the Bali Business Foundation Program. Let´s get to know a bit more who they are shall we?
There are only smiling faces at Samasti Yoga in Bali. CC BY
What is Samasti Yoga and why did you begin?
Samasti is a Yoga School, established to both create authentic yoga teachers and bring people closer to become more aware of who they are and what is their purpose in life. Originally I established this school as I was treating many yoga students with injuries received from practicing yoga. I am a both a physiotherapist and yoga teacher and found that I was in a unique position to help with injury prevention.
As well as this, I was noticing many yoga teachers thinking that by studying yoga, they would be forever happy. Unfortunately this is not what yoga is about. Rather it gives us the tools to be able to face the difficulties in life and be able to be present to the full array of emotions that we are capable of. So in this way, we can be more genuine and honest with ourselves and others. We feel that this is one of the most crucial qualities of a good yoga teacher and we wanted to give experiential courses in order to live these values.
Bali is a place that many come to heal and take a break from societies expectations. Photo by Sam Beasley / CC BY
Tell us why you chose to start a business in Bali?
From the moment I arrived in Bali, I felt at home. Bali is a place that many come to heal and take a break from societies expectations. This gives our students a chance to establish new patterns and have a break from the “normal” life. This coupled with the Balinese peoples kindness and hindu traditional practices, full of offerings and devotion, seemed like a perfect place to establish a yoga school.
What do you think of Bali for startups and entrepreneurs?
Bali is a land that is full of opportunity. I believe if you are doing something that you are passionate for, Bali has the possibility to open many doors. It is good to understand that Indonesian laws are different to the West, and that we are visitors to this beautiful country. The word Bali can be translated as “offering”, so with this in mind, it is great to see that the work you are doing in Bali is an offering, and that by giving we often end up receiving the bounty that Bali has to offer.
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Do you have any tips for aspiring entrepreneurs in Bali or anywhere else?
Find what brings you joy, gives you reason to wake in the morning, something you would do regardless of how much money you had. Once you find this, go and share your gifts and joy with the world. Money will follow naturally.
Do you have any thoughts about the BBF program? Why you decided to join the program as a guest lecturer and host?
I think this program is a great way to have an opportunity of sharing yogic values in an economic forum. We can see in many ways in which capitalism is failing. We are living in a time with the most prosperity but with a huge rate of depression. If we can understand our own nature, maybe we can make a shift to using our economy to help with happiness rather than monetary wealth.
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This article was conducted by our International Coordinator Hannes!