Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Schlobohm.
Megan, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My name is Megan, and I’m the owner of Anderson Yoga Center! I’ve been practicing yoga since 2003 when I was a stressed-out college student in need of something to help me manage what I now know were symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Yoga helped me tremendously, and I continued to practice throughout undergraduate and graduate school (I earned my M.S. in Counseling from Mercer University in Atlanta). In 2008, I met my now husband and started living and working in the charter yacht industry.
My husband and I worked as a captain/chef team aboard a variety of vessels – from monohull sailboats to catamarans to megayachts; everywhere from Roatán, Honduras; to Puerto Rico; US Virgin Islands; British Virgin Islands; St. Maarten; St. Barths; and all the way down the chain of Caribbean Islands to St. Lucia; St. Vincent; Grenada; Aruba; Bonaire; and Curacao.
All along the way, wherever we made port, I continued to practice yoga and had the honor of practicing with some amazing teachers. In 2017 we moved back to the United States, and I completed my Yoga Teacher Training to become RYT200 certified, and then in 2018, I purchased my yoga studio and began shaping it into the fun, a transformational place that it is today.
In 2020, I completed an advanced certification in Atlanta, GA with my mentor, Sheila Ewers, to upgrade my licensure to ERYT500, the highest level Yoga Alliance offers. With this certification I became a Registered Yoga School and started teaching a Yoga Alliance 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program of my own, sharing my love of this beautiful practice with more and more of my community.
I also lead local and international yoga retreats, and teach Kid’s Yoga; Goat Yoga; Paddleboard Yoga; Yoga in the Park; and other teacher trainings. I am additionally trained and certified in Reiki at the Master Level; Aromatherapy (NAHA Level 1); Thai Yoga Massage; Sculpt Yoga; Power Yoga; Yin Yoga; Yoga Nidra; Meditation; and Pranayama.
My focus at the studio is being a safe space for anyone and everyone to discover the freedom to live their best lives, and a lot of focus in my teachings and training is centered around trauma sensitivity. Overall, I seek to help my students find a lifelong, fulfilling, sustainable practice, and greater quality of life.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Definitely not a smooth road! Being an entrepreneur is extremely challenging, in and of itself; but when you add in the fact that yoga is a fickle, unpredictable industry anyway; PLUS the years of 2020, 2021, and even 2022… We have seen some huge challenges.
When I first purchased the studio in 2017, there were major upgrades that were needed to the space, as well as infrastructure that I had to create with employees and clientele. A lot of the business was in the “dark ages,” using paper and pen to keep track of class attendance, and the studio didn’t even have a website.
I brought the studio into the 21st century with an easy-to-navigate website, as well as an online software program that could help us start predicting class attendance sizes; track trends; and give us a better chance of retaining membership and reaching new populations. I even built an app so that students could register for classes and earn points toward discounted yoga for just attending classes and special events.
When we experienced the vast challenges of Covid-19, we immediately shifted to online yoga and were able to create a library of On-Demand yoga classes for our members to enjoy, no matter where in the world they might be.
So… smooth road? Not at all. All opportunities to grow? Absolutely!
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Yoga by design is a powerfully transformational practice – to your body, your mind, your emotions, your spirit, your whole being, really – and recognizing what we do at Anderson Yoga Center as so much more than fitness or exercise sets us apart.
We are all about body positivity; self-love; self-acceptance; and utilizing the practice of yoga as one of self-observation and self-inquiry in order to recognize and maybe even break old, negative patterns for a better quality of life.
We recognize yoga as a lifestyle, rather than one hour on your mat, and I am so honored and proud to have witnessed so many lives changing for the better.
Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
My own self-study, self-inquiry, and accountability are crucial to my success as a yoga studio owner, yoga teacher trainer, yoga teacher, and as a human in general.
I am in continuous study of something all the time, a never-ending student (anatomy is one of my favorite studies, but I also love the mythology of yoga, the texts of yoga, and different styles of yoga, and am always studying various techniques that I might incorporate into my classes, especially meditation and pranayama).
I also meet regularly with my mentor, with whom I can talk about things that are relevant to my work and life – owning the studio, managing employees, managing clients, leading retreats, training new yoga teachers, being a wife/mom/daughter/friend/etc.
I also love poetry and find inspiration from Mary Oliver; Danna Faulds; J’alal ad-Din Rumi; Leza Lowitz; John O’Donahue; William Wordsworth; and, again, too many others to name. I also love fiction! My favorites are the Harry Potter series; the Anne of Green Gables series; and pretty much anything by Stephen King.
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