We had the good fortune of connecting with Autumn Edrington and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Autumn, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Financial risk has always been a little scary to me. I was afraid of certain types of risk. Ask me to jump out of a plane? I’m in. Confusing, I know. But that’s me. Growing up in a military family, things were always well planned out and scheduled. I followed the expected path of my family by going to college after high school and then directly to work in corporate America. When I looked at my life I knew something was always missing but I was afraid to find it. It took the market blowing up in 2008 and the loss of my corporate job to finally make me realize it was time for a change. It was time to take a (financial) risk. At that time I took everything I had and opened up Yogaspot. I had to convince myself over and over that everything would be ok… that I could do it. Teaching yoga wasn’t just something I loved to do. It was my passion. I wanted to take my passion and share it with my community. The initial risk of opening the business was scary and often stressful. Over time I steadily gained my footing and watched the studio grow. Taking a more cautious and measured approach to operating the business helped me to feel in control and able to handle the many challenges that came my way. Taking the first chance or the first risk allowed me to evolve. I was more willing to accept and even embrace risk. It became less scary. As the years passed, opportunities arose to expand into additional offerings such as teacher training, retreats, private yoga sessions, corporate yoga sessions etc. Each new offering always feels like starting the business all over again; not sure it will work, not sure if people will like it, not sure if I will like it. Some worked and of course some didn’t. At the end of the day, the one risk of opening my own business was the first stepping stone and laid the path for me to grow and learn to respect and understand risk as a necessary component in getting where one wants/needs to go. Taking a risk allowed me to be able to do what I love, with people I love and now we are 11 years later. One thing has remained. If I didn’t take the risk I would be stuck in a job I didn’t want, wondering how to find my place in this world. So I say, do it. But do it with the awareness of the outcomes and be ok with life’s successes and failures. Each shape your perfectly, imperfect life.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
YogaSpot has been serving the East Valley for over 11 years. We are a community of liked-minded people where students and family become one and the same. We offer over 40 heated classes a week with a variety of styles. It was not an easy road to open a yoga studio and survive especially during this last year. I have learned that you have to keep evolving as the world of yoga evolves. People’s idea of yoga will keep changing whether we want it to or not. As long as we are getting students to their mat, we are doing something right. Human connection is a huge element of our studio. In a world full of electronics people need a quiet place to come and breathe. We offer this. Our intention is for you to feel like you are walking into a safe haven, a home away from home, a place where you are free to be whoever you want to be.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Phoenix is such an amazing city. There are amazing restaurants and hiking paths scattered throughout. Activities: Taking a yoga class at YogaSpot would be a must. A hike up Camelback Mountain. Two Favorite Restaurants: Isabella’s Kitchen Grassroots Kitchen and Tap Day trip to Sedona to enjoy beautiful scenery.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost I would thank my family who has always been there to love and support me, lend an ear and to give advice even when I didn’t want to hear it. I am forever grateful for them always standing by my side. The biggest impact on my yogic path was my teacher, Dave Oliver. His advice, knowledge and unwavering support gave me courage. His lessons will stay with me and I can only hope to pass them on since he is no longer with us.

Website: www.yogaspotaz.com

Instagram: personal @autumnedrington studio: @yogaspotaz

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