Hello and welcome to Ryan Miller Yoga 2.0! I created Ryan Miller Yoga because, in general, I think we are pretty stressed out, and yoga is a terrific way to deal with stress. That was actually one of the first reasons people originally started doing yoga...they wanted to know how they could be less stressed. In addition to reducing stress, a big part of yoga is achieving peak performance. I got into yoga as a way to supplement my running training and ended up becoming a teacher and creating this website, and leading retreats like this one.
For the past 13 years my primary job at New Balance took up the majority of my time and energy. Luckily I was able to integrate my yoga teaching into my career at New Balance and became well known and appreciated for bringing a little "zen" vibe to the office. So while I was very lucky to be able to teach yoga at work, I was still primarily teaching yoga "on the side" so to speak. My primary source of income was my position in the product testing department. All of my yoga teaching was considered a side job.
Over the summer my wife, daughter and I bought a home in Ohio which meant it was time for me to resign from being the yoga guy at the NB Lawrence office. Now I won't lie, saying my goodbyes was tough. There are several people there who have helped me tremendously. Not only that, there are several people that I've helped. People have gotten me jobs/promotions/projects etc, and I have done the same for others. So while it was exciting to be starting a new chapter in life, closing the previous one was tough. "I'm not good at goodbyes" might sound cliche but it's true.
New Balance is a huge global company but the office I worked in has a real family vibe to it. There is a feeling that your co-workers genuinely care about you. A lot of people have worked there for 10, 15, even 20+ years, so really...it's like a family. So leaving was hard. People tearing up and stuff. Big business execs getting a little raw and emotional with me. Giving me the old genuine show of appreciation. It was hard but in the end it was good because a got a lot of great feedback on my skills which helped me decide what to do next.
When we made the choice to relocate, I didn't know what I was going to do for work. I'd been in the running shoe game for 13 years and there aren't many shoe companies in Ohio which meant I'd likely be leaving the shoe industry. I asked for opinions from my friends at New Balance and the responses I got led me to thinking I should do something with my yoga teaching. My ability to restore harmony within and between teams at work was the most consistent skill brought up to me and it is due to my yoga training.
The wheels started turning in my brain and I started to visualize how I could turn my yoga teaching into more of a career instead of just a side gig. I quickly realized Cincinnati is not exactly a hot bed for yoga so opening a physical studio didn't make sense and that's what led me here, to this website. Since I'm not opening a physical studio, I'll open a virtual one!
Eventually everything clicked and I started realizing how many more people I can reach by teaching yoga virtually. As soon as we settled into the new house I began outlining my ideas, setting up the foundation, and investing the small amount of savings I have left into upgrading my video/audio equipment, website fees, logo, marketing etc.
I'm excited to bring my teaching online and am appreciating each moment of these initial phases of what I hope will be a thriving resource for yoga, stress reduction and peak performance. Let me know what you like to lean more about and don't forget to subscribe to the email list and social media.