Meet Kate Connell + Laura Dos Santos
1) What is the Sticky Mat Society story?
From the moment we met, we knew we were destined to work together. It was quite literally love at first conversation (believe it or not, we have yet to meet in person!) The Sticky Mat Society is the manifestation of our desire to work together and our shared passion for spreading yoga as a viable career option and really elevating the industry to a level of professionalism that still isn't widely spread. Plus it's WAY more fun to be doing all of this together!
2) Where does Sticky Mat Society find inspiration?
We're constantly playing virtual pinball back and forth throughout the day with ideas, texts, and "hey, this just happened" with each other. Our inspiration comes from our experiences in teaching, our musings as students, and from taking the pulse of our community -- whether that's listening in on conversations we're a part of, observing what people are saying out-loud, or underneath the surface. The Sticky Mat Society is both for our current selves and as a post-facto answer to all of the questions we wondered and wallowed in for years as new teachers and business owners.
3) Top 3 values of Sticky Mat Society?
4) As entrepreneurs, do you have go-to Motivational Mantras?
Our work through the podcast and Facebook group for Sticky Mat Society is about two things: sisterhood and elevating the yoga industry. We believe that with support and cheerleaders (plus hard, consistent work) we can have a huge imprint on the world as yoga teachers -- we already do.
This quote by Robin Benway on sisterhood, which she shares in The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June, sums it up for us: “Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.”
5) If there is a message you could send out to the world, what would it be?
The saying that nothing worth fighting for is easy, is a cliché, but it's so true. One of our values is persistence, because following your dharma is right, but it's not always easy. Sometimes you're going to be up and sometimes you're going to be down, but when you persist, it all evens itself out into something really beautiful.
6) What is the future of Sticky Mat Society?
We're planning on talking the sisterhood gig far and wide -- we regularly have a new idea on the horizon and are currently entertaining ideas for in-person pow-wows, immersion experiences, and more. Right now our eyes are on growing our podcast reach and supporting the sisters that join us in our Facebook community. As the podcast gains traction and as we see the momentum of SMS build, the future looks bright for all of us!
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