Michelle Faber of Little Yogis
Michelle Faber is a RevolutionHer™ Business Member based out of Toronto, Ontario, and she is the Founder of Little Yogis, a mobile Yoga & Mindfulness enrichment program for children aged 18 months – 13 years.
In every Little Yogis class, children learn yoga through stories, music, games, and lots of love! A unique introduction to yoga & mindfulness, this program is perfect for the active child looking for an alternative to sports. The program is designed for daycare enrichment, school age lunch/after school programs and workshops.
We asked Michelle to get personal with us, and share her experience as a successful entrepreneur…
What is your “WHY” behind your business/being an entrepreneur?
I have been personally practicing yoga for over 20 years and upon becoming a mother to two little boys, I realized how beneficial yoga and mindfulness can be to busy little minds. When I look at kids today, I see an incredible amount of stress caused by the busy world around them. I believe that yoga holds the magic that will allow them to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit, and to believe in themselves above all else.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I have always had a entrepreneurial mindset. Though I spent over a decade in corporate marketing in the wine industry, I knew that I wanted and needed to do something on my own. I had this constant drive and passion to launch my own business. The ideas that would pop into my head would be non stop! It wasn’t until I had my children that I realized that I needed to be my own boss. My husband was always travelling and I needed a role that would give me more flexibility and balance in my life.
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
The ability to have full creative control is inspiring! I always have ideas bouncing around in my head for new workshops or classes, lesson plans, and activities for my students. I also love the ability to have full control over the overall message that I am sending to my community/clients.
What impact did other people/experiences have on you, and how did they help you get to where you are in your business today?
My husband has been instrumental in my journey as an entrepreneur. Without his support and encouragement to take this on, I would have never started this journey. It was him who really pushed me to just start and to take this risk. I really could not have asked for a better partner in life.
Through this journey I have also been able to meet some amazing female entrepreneurs that are also in the children’s wellness industry. Through social platforms like Instagram I have collaborated with countless women who share the same values as I do – empowering children to accept and love themselves for who they are, to see the good in others, to focus and calm their minds, and to be aware of their innate capabilities. Its incredible what we can accomplish when women lift each other up rather than put each other down.
What values do you believe in and live by, and how do they shine through when it comes to your role as a business owner?
My #1 value is ensuring our complete focus is on our customer. Our goal is to provide the best experience possible for our schools, students and parents who trust us to deliver quality programming for their community. I also value honesty and integrity in business. As a business owner I am always fully transparent with my customers, as I believe communication is key to successful business relationship.
What are you most proud of when it comes to your business/being an entrepreneur?
Our mission is to make yoga accessible and to bring yoga & mindfulness to every school/daycare in Ontario and beyond. I have a team of 10 amazing, smart, kind women under my belt that work hard everyday to change the lives of their students. My teachers can live their dreams everyday by being children’s yoga teachers and leaving the 9-5 for a more fulfilling and flexible lifestyle.
What does the future look like for you and your business?
I have a vision of Little Yogis expanding to every province in Canada. As yoga & mindfulness practices become more popular for children through research backed evidence, I believe they should be available to every student in every school no matter the socio economic status. I also envision more health and fitness offerings as we expand.
Any tips for women thinking of starting a business?
Sit down and really ask yourself what you want to accomplish. Look at the big picture but know that you won’t get there overnight. We are bombarded everyday through social media claiming these overnight success stories when in fact there were years of hard work that no one sees. Know that the first year is going to be tough, but if you truly want it and put your passion and hard work into something you will succeed.
Being a female entrepreneur can sometimes feel lonely, especially if you are used to working with a team or in an office environment. Join groups/clubs that can offer you mentorship and support on your journey. There are tons out there that can help with many challenges that you face as an entrepreneur. Not only that, it allows you to collaborate with other female entrepreneurs and helps build awareness about your brand amongst your community.