Name & Company: Pippa Richardson, Pippa Yoga
Where are you based?: London
NDA: Tell me a little about your business, what was the impetus to start up?
I never imagined that I would teach yoga and it’s funny because I still don’t really see me teaching yoga as a business! It has evolved very naturally following my own impulse to practice yoga. As I went through the TT process, my thoughts shifted slightly as I felt that the practice was something that I wanted to share with friends and family. This hasn’t changed, I still want to share, it’s what fuels my desire to teach.
NDA: Where do you teach?
PR: I am based in Balham and teach classes all over London, including the reCentre Studio in Balham and assisting on the Triyoga Teacher Training program in Soho, which is where I did my training. I also teach private and corporate classes.
NDA: What is your biggest achievement so far?
PR: That's a really hard one, I think it is probably moving to London. I moved here last year from the countryside in Buckinghamshire where my family are, and it has involved lots lots of learning. I had to start over, find my feet, a new client base and grow a community. Moving to a new location can be exhausting and frighting, but it can also be exciting and if anywhere needs yoga it's London!
NDA: What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?
PR: I think that was saying no to the opportunity of teaching a new class. It is in my nature to always take on more and say 'yes'. As I teach all over London I have to think about logistics and balance everything with the the other commitments I have. Keeping boundaries in your your business allows you to nourish and protect your work without spreading yourself too thinly. It is something I find very difficult but am learning more and more as I carry on.
NDA: What’s the best piece of advice you have been given?
PR: "You are exactly where you need to be". This statement has transformed the way I think and I now trust in the process of what I am doing. It helps me keep yourself on track and live the process
NDA: Many people only contemplate setting up their own business, what advice would you give to spark the catalyst?
PR: Trust your impulses and surround yourself with people who understand who you are and what you were put on this earth to do. Find your tribe! They’re the people who will encourage you to keep going even when you doubt your own path.. Learn to be aware and tuned in to what you feel is the best advice I could give. Never underestimate the power of your gut instinct, it's so important to follow.
NDA: What do you do to stay active and how has it changed your life?
PR: Yoga! I also go to the gym and I love to swim when I can get to a pool. I think yoga switched my mentality from ‘no pain, no gain’ to 'listen and honour your body'. This stayed with me after my first yoga class and I hadn’t experienced in any other form of exercise before.
NDA: Do you have any favourite tips and tricks to stay healthy and happy everyday?
PR: Yes, number one is to stay inspired and to keep learning. Number two is have a great breakfast! To me, a delicious breakfast feels like i'm setting myself up for the day. Moments of just checking in, making contact with yourself and your breath can also be incredibly profound and transform your day. Oh also, have flowers in the house, they make me so happy.
NDA: Do you consider yourself a ‘healthy eater’ and are there habits you wish you could kick?
PR: I do. I went through quite a radical health journey after my mum became ill a couple of years ago. To support her my whole family removed wheat, dairy, sugar and meat from their diets!! It taught me that food can be used as medicine and not just as fuel. But I try not to be so strict now, moderation is good. Habits I'd like to kick are eating on the go!! If am in-between classes, it is so important to take the time eat well.
NDA: What is your typical...
PR: Breakfast - Let's start with today, I had green smoothie - mango, spinich, banana, coconut water, matcha powder and bee pollen.
Lunch - avocado on rye toast with hummus.
diner - sweet potato and tahini mash with brown rice and spinach.
NDA: Lastly, how lucky are you and why?
PR: Really lucky, I have the most incredible support network of loved ones and I am surrounded my people who inspired me in many different ways, for different aspects of my life. Where there is love there is luck!