We all know the benefits of regular exercise and, in particular, yoga but with working hours at an all time high it can be difficult to maintain a regular practice. In addition to convenience, private yoga classes have a whole host of benefits including classes tailored to your body and any injuries you may have, and the space to build confidence without the pressure of other attendees. That’s where Yogi2Me comes in. Through the app you can order a range of wellness services straight to your home, office or hotel such as yoga, massage, mindfulness and more. Having personally used the app for a gong bath meditation in the comfort of my own home, I can 100% recommend it! I spoke to Sarah Drai, the app’s founder about her motivations for creating the business and her experiences as an entrepreneur.
Please give us a brief intro on you and your mission
For the past year I have been working to create and develop Yogi2Me – which is essentially wellness on demand! All our amazing yoga teachers and wellness therapists are available in London; but soon Yogi2Me will expand in the UK and other Europeans cities too. My mission is to simplify how we fit wellness and exercise into our days in order to make it easier for people to enjoy these things.
How did you first become interested in yoga?
I first went along to a yoga class in New York City many years ago, but I wasn’t really inspired by the experience. You could say that I had an unfair preconception of yoga being a hippy fad, and my first yoga class didn’t really alter my opinion on this. However, shortly afterwards a friend convinced me to try again – this time at a Bikram class, and I totally fell in love with the experience.
Was your life on a different path before you discovered this calling?
Before I decided to make yoga my full-time passion I had a long career in banking. As time went on I became increasingly less interested in the corporate life, and gradually became more drawn to the mat where I could discover my own sense of purpose. The more I made time for yoga, the more I made time for myself, and I started to really discover who I was and what I wanted to do with my time on this earth. I had not noticed before regularly practising yoga how little I truly knew about myself, and this only inspired me further.
How did you make the transition from the corporate world into working for yourself?
Becoming a yoga teacher was a scary leap into the unknown, but it was one that I knew I had to take. I initially made the change from working in banking to working as a yoga teacher, and I suppose this transition was easy for me because I knew I could fall back on banking if necessary. I absolutely loved being a yoga teacher, but something was missing. It wasn’t until I had the idea for Yogi2Me that I came to realise my true direction and calling!
Did you have to overcome any specific difficulties to get to where you are today? If so, how did you manage this?
There are always going to be difficulties with anything worth doing, and there were certainly several hurdles to overcome when getting started with Yogi2Me! One of the most complicated things for me was adjusting my lifestyle as I went from living on a bankers salary to living on that of a start-up. I also had to be careful to
manage the investment into the company and to always stay on track to reach each milestone.
It looks like Yogi2Me is growing super fast! How do you manage the day-to-day stresses that come with running your own business?
I have a wonderful team and a supportive partner whom all keep me going. Also, of course, I always take to my mat in moments of stress and quickly bring myself back down to earth. I also find that meditation and mindfulness are two amazing tools that I call upon anytime to help alleviate the stresses involved with running a business.
What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
The most important advice that I could share is that it is essential that you have a genuine passion for your work. You have to truly believe that you are going to succeed. This doesn’t mean that it’s not okay to have doubts – but your belief in yourself has to outweigh any negativity! Remember ‘Your Thoughts Become Things’ so choose them wisely.
A final thought
For anybody who has not yet practised yoga, or thinks yoga isn’t for them, I want them to know that yoga is for everybody. I would highly recommend every single person giving it a try. I guarantee a happier, healthier, more positive life.
Sarah Drai founded Yogi2Me in 2016 after making the transition from city banker to yoga teacher. With over 50 yoga teachers and wellness professionals providing services across London, Yogi2Me is set to become Europe’s leading on demand yoga and wellness app.