Where it all began...
Here goes nothing! Our first blog post and the launch of OMie Yoga, a precious baby of mine for quite some time now. The journey began three years ago, during my spring break from the University of Southern California when I travelled back home to Chicago. Visits back home consist of much of the same day to day activities: wake up, grab a Starbucks with mom, head to a 9:30 AM yoga class, cardio afterwards, a quick bite to eat and if I am feeling up to it, a second 1:00 PM yoga class. By 3:00 PM I am exhausted. This routine, however, was not always like this. In order to understand this routine, one would have to understand my mother. My mom, Mariann, is an avid health enthusiast. She is a cardio junkie, a yogini and an overall perfect example of what a healthy lifestyle is. Just over fifteen years ago she began to teach yoga and in my early teens, I found myself following her wherever she would hold classes (and whenever too). Whether it was a 6:00 AM hot power class or a 6:00 PM candle light flow, you would find me there.
Back to spring break a few years ago though…as I was practicing in my mom’s 9:30 AM hot power class I found myself extremely distracted, frustrated, and unable to properly balance. At first, I thought it was because I just had a lot on my mind, but then I realized it was because I was too frustrated with my yoga mat and towel set up. Hot yoga classes range from anywhere between 90-110 degrees. I am a sweater in 65 degrees, so throwing me in a hot room sourced with radiant panels only heightens my perspiration. That class I was fussing around with my yogi towel, making sure it stayed straight on the mat and yet every move I made the towel moved with me! Vinyasa flows were suddenly a boxing match: me vs. my towel. That’s when the idea struck at me, why can’t these two parts become one? Combine the yoga towel with to yoga mat and walah! No distractions.
My business entrepreneurship professor for our final project had us pitch a concept to the class. This assignment ended up being a competition and while most of my classmates chose to work in groups, I thought this would be a great opportunity to pitch this yoga product. I made it through to the final round of pitching, and after my final pitch my classmates all encouraged me to pursue this idea. Here we are today, three years later and a company built. None of this would have been possible without my family. Not solely my immediate family, but the family and community of yogis that I have been so privileged to be a part of. It is our hope that this product satisfies your practice and compliments your flow as it has for us. Welcome OM yogis.
With Love and Gratitude,
On behalf of Poppy & Me,