This month we caught up with Jamie Glassman, studio proprietor of The Good Rooms in Muswell Hill. Beforehand a comedy author, producer and performer, in 2019 Jamie determined to comply with his ardour and open a Sizzling Yoga Studio, one yr later and the pandemic hit. He talks about how the enterprise was affected and the way he needed to pivot to maintain the studio going.
Inform us a bit about you and your background
Earlier than opening a scorching yoga and Pilates studio I labored for years within the comedy business – writing, producing and performing – to varied levels of success. My most profitable gig was writing and creating the characters Ali G, Borat and Bruno. My least profitable gig was, properly there are far too lots of these to say, which explains why I’m not within the comedy business anymore.
How and when did you first uncover yoga
Round 20 years in the past I began going to Bikram lessons and was rapidly hooked. I used to be doing every part mistaken – making an attempt too arduous, holding my breath, bringing all of my frustrations with me onto the mat – however for some motive I caught with it and I dread to assume what I’d be like if I didn’t discover yoga. Unbearable. Or much more unbearable, as my spouse would in all probability say.
When did you open the studio / inform us about it
We opened the studio initially in early 2019 as a franchisee of a much bigger model. We had probably the most great, busy, wonderful first yr however then Covid hit 12 months after opening and we needed to pivot to outlive. We grew to become an unbiased studio within the Summer season of 2021 as we got here out of the pandemic and The Good Rooms was born. We’ve been so fortunate to have had an extremely supportive neighborhood right here in Muswell Hill who rallied spherical, some great folks even maintaining their memberships going whereas the studio was closed and simply probably the most good studio supervisor, lecturers and crew who acquired us by.
What’s your favorite a part of being a studio proprietor
I like how folks stroll into The Good Rooms joyful to be right here and invariably stroll out even happier. It’s a real thrill to see folks getting stronger, fitter, calmer and happier. There’s a particular buzz whenever you see folks come to the studio struggling with explicit bodily or psychological illnesses slowly getting higher in entrance of your eyes. Yoga actually does work, you recognize.
What has been your largest problem?
Like so many companies and so many individuals, coping with the pandemic and every part it introduced with it, has been enormously difficult. Modifications in guidelines and laws, maintaining folks protected and maintaining folks feeling protected, all of us needed to change into consultants on air flow and virology and so many different issues, all on the similar time.
It’s heart-breaking to know that so many studios haven’t survived. I understand how a lot work and love go into companies like these so I can solely think about how robust it will need to have been for these studio homeowners to shut their doorways.
What’s your most memorable yoga second?
Oh, there are such a lot of to select from however I did meet my spouse at a yoga class so I assume I’ve to say that one.
Who / what conjures up you every day and do you might have a mantra or quote you reside by
My youngsters encourage me day-after-day to dwell life with pleasure and lightness. Okay, not day-after-day, however most days. I like the George Bernard Shaw line, “we don’t cease enjoying as a result of we develop outdated; we develop outdated as a result of we cease enjoying.”
What recommendation would you give to somebody beginning out on their yoga / wellbeing journey
Oh gosh – Do all of it, strive all of it, have an open thoughts, take your time, have enjoyable, bear in mind to breathe, get pleasure from. As Samuel Beckett mentioned, “strive once more, fail once more, fail higher”.