MEET THE FOUNDER OF EMMA DAISY YOGA

7 Sep 2020 | Student Life

If you’ve been living in Fusion Students Hatfield, you may already know Emma Arscott. Emma has been teaching our weekly in person yoga sessions at Hatfield for the last year and more recently our online Zoom classes. In this Q&A we asked Emma, what the driving force was behind her starting Emma Daisy Yoga and how she overcomes setbacks. Here’s what she had to say…

Tell us about your business?

Emma Daisy Yoga offers Vinyasa yoga to people of all ages and ability levels. I teach secondary schools, University students, corporate companies and just about anyone that wants to come to one of my drop in classes! Vinyasa is a fancy term for flow yoga and is my favourite style to practice as there is endless creativity for sequencing. I try not to take myself too seriously and like to have fun with the practice when I’m teaching.

What was the driving force for you to start your business?

Yoga helped me so much physically and mentally, that I wanted to be able to share the gift with as many people as I could by spreading the love I have for the practice. When I first discovered yoga I was working in a very demanding and stressful job. I found my time on the mat to be extremely precious and healing. I suffer from hyper mobility (being too flexible), which wasn’t diagnosed until I was 25 and caused me a lot of pain in my neck and back. Yoga helped me to find stability and strength in areas where I was too flexible. This helped to ease a lot of the pain I’d had for years. If any of you are out there thinking that you aren’t flexible enough to practice yoga, like everything its all about balance!

What are the key values that motivate you?

  • Make yoga accessible for everyone
  • Always be a student of the practice first
  • Help people physically and mindfully through the practice of yoga

How do you overcome setbacks?

Yoga teaches us to work through any challenges on the mat so we are able to apply this to our daily life. I see every challenge or ‘set back’ as an opportunity to grow and learn. I am and will always be a student of yoga and anatomy first. 

If you had one piece of advice for students setting out their own business, what would it be?

Don’t take it too seriously! See the positives, potential and have as much fun with it as much as you can. This applies to life just as much as it does for business.

Are there any other brands within your sector that you are following at the moment?

I love food and follow a vegan diet (I know yoga teacher stereotype). I really love Deliciously Ella for plant based recipes and her podcasts on mindful living.

What has your biggest achievement been so far?

Being able to do what I love for a job feels like the biggest achievement. When I get positive feedback from someone to say that I’ve helped them, it is the most rewarding part of my job and why I do it!

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