For Team MM how we present a united front is always a priority. In a team of two having each others backs while you build a business together isn’t a nice thing to do, it’s a necessity. Other things that are necessities: meeting client commitments, paying bills, and taking time for yourself to breathe. Often that last thing gets sacrificed first.
Two years ago in September Drew suggested I try out a new yoga place opening on the Plaza, Power Life Yoga. I dismissed it with a, “yoga’s not really my thing.” But I did get suckered in for a barre class, you know, because that is ‘real’ work. I couldn’t be bothered to take one hour out of my day for my physical health unless it was maximally efficient. Obviously that didn’t last too long. As we both grew in our yoga practices, our priorities shifted. We each became more dedicated to spending our time and energy on things that provided the same to back us.
As we continued to look for pursuits that cultivated that feeling it became clear that we each wanted a few things: to help create things that share a story and bring people together, to have more control over how we spend our time/energy, and to be able to dedicate time to taking better care of ourselves physically and mentally. As part of that we created Mind + Matter; a passion project originally intended to be a side hustle, something fun to work on when we weren’t doing our 8-5 jobs with the hope of it being larger far, far, far down the road. Why Mind + Matter? In yoga, in partnerships, in life balance is key. As a team we work well together because we balance each other out; creative vs analytical, calm vs stressed all the damn time, art vs business. But while we often fall on opposite ends of any spectrum we also have a LOT of common ground, common direction, common goals.
The more we dove into it, the more clear it became that we wanted this to become a bigger part of our lives sooner rather than later. At the same time we both started teaching various forms of yoga. And while splitting time three ways was more than a little exhausting the reward (emotional not monetary) was well worth the effort.
Early this summer we both decided to leave our “real” jobs. We decided to teach yoga and make a real run at M+M being our full time jobs. It hasn’t always been easy, the paying bills thing has been more difficult some days than others, we don’t always make it to the yoga class, one of us occasionally lives off of coffee and sugar (it’s me), but we’re getting through it with patience, one day at a time, one breath at a time.
Last Thursday I overextended myself, Drew covered my class. Monday night Drew needed time to work, I covered his class. I walked into the studio and joked with the yogis, “I’m obviously not Drew, but at this point we’re basically interchangeable,” which, we’re not...at all. But one of them came up to me after class and said, “I know that was a joke but for me you really are interchangeable, I was sad when I saw he wasn’t here but then I realized you were and I knew it would be ok.” If that isn’t teamwork goals, I don’t know what is.
When you’re a team of two having each other’s backs isn’t just nice, it’s necessary. Being able to step up when the other can’t, being able to do your best for them just as much as for yourself, taking a breath when things get tense (because let’s be real, everyone has their moments), being able to mindfully check in with one another are all things that make us better business partners and better humans. Most of these things we can attribute to our yoga practice and applying what we experience on our mats in our lives.