Aug 7, 2018
Launching a heart-centered, community-oriented business is a cause that requires inner transformation. My guest, Kelsey Bryant Starr, owner of Numi Yoga in College Park, Maryland, seems to be a growth junkie, too. She’s on for asking the hard questions, like “am I enough?” and answering them with “‘yes I am , I showed up, I’m breathing, and I have something to offer.”
In this interview Kelsey and I interview each other about our journeys to starting businesses that reflect our personal desires for growth and learning. Listen as we share our reflections on our pathways to learning, loving and accepting ourselves while growing businesses that help others do the same.
03:58 Easeful Living Practice ~ Take advice from your younger self
12:03 Interview begins with Kelsey sharing how she went from studying Yoga for her own learning to opening a Yoga studio in a new city
21:33 Holding challenge and abundance in the same hand (particularly when starting a studio)
26:55 Addressing fears and allowing them to be present; how personal yoga practice informs teaching and starting a business
33;20 Vision of Numi Yoga Studio in College Park, Maryland & the origin of the Numi name
39:53 Kelsey interviews Andrea, starting with Andrea’s interest in and study of Ayurveda
48:52 Andrea’s lessons learned starting her own business
101:19 Courageous Self-Care tip ~ mantra: I showed up, I’m breathing, and I have something to offer.
Your Favorite Quotes:
“There is nothing less selfless than loving yourself.” -- Andrea Catherine
“We all get both be served and be of service.” -- Kelsey Starr
“Everyday something is a little bit beyond what I know about...but, everyday there’s someone who comes across my path...who is such a valuable resource.” -- Kelsey Bryant Starr
“Everyday, when I get on my mat, I get to answer the question, ‘am I enough?’...I get to choose to say ‘yes I am , I showed up, I’m breathing, and I have something to offer” -- Kelsey Starr
“Even when we’re experiencing so many blessings, and gifts and connections, it’s very human to wonder, am I even going to get by, can I even make it through?” -- Andrea Catherine
“There’s no other journey but to get to know our own self. When we can come to our own selves with loving compassion, we can offer that unconditionally to other people.” -- Kelsey Starr
“Those little nudges, for me, mostly come from when I’m able to let go of needing to have it a certain way or needing to let the thing I’m doing work, and rather open up to what could work, and knowing that may not be what I’m doing.” --Andrea Catherine
Kelsey is proud to join the ranks of the mighty Terrapins in College Park, MD. Her yoga training began with Ana Hough in Ann Arbor (200hr), and continued with national teachers Christina Sell and Gioconda Parker at the San Marcos School of Yoga (300hr). Kelsey participates in ongoing online studies with Christina Sell and attends DC-area continuing education.
Kelsey is passionate about exploring. Yoga is her map for the journey to love her body, community, and self. In Kelsey’s yoga classes students will playfully explore actions within poses and have opportunities to integrate yoga with life off the mat. She jokingly describes her classes as "offering too many alignment cues while you are trying to flow". Kelsey lives in University Park with her husband, Evan, and goldendoodle, Argo.