ABOUT THE SHOW
Each week I hear from numerous yoga teachers that they would love to explore the idea of running a collaborative business. So, I was super excited to chat to today’s guest, M Camellia all about their work independently, and with The Trans Yoga Project. M shares their story from the very beginning of their teaching career, to where they are today, with some valuable lessons along the way. M shares how they are doing business differently, based on anti-capitalist values, within a capitalist system.
So if you want to build your own business, but know you want to eschew traditional hierarchies, and learn how to collaborate well, this episode is packed full of practical tips and ideas to help you create a business you’re proud of.
ABOUT M CAMELLIA
M Camellia (née Williams), E-RYT 200 & YACEP, is a fat, queer, non-binary yoga teacher and accessibility advocate in Washington, DC, called to create profoundly inclusive spaces for self-inquiry and the inward journey by integrating spiritual teachings and accessible, trauma-informed movement practices with the spirit of social justice. M believes that the goal of yoga, as of life, is collective liberation, and in turn challenges contemporary yoga practitioners to dismantle the oppressive systems and beliefs, within themselves and society at large, that hold us all back. They’ve been called a “tour-de-force of encouraging radical self-love” and listed among the “top thinkers and activists in the field of body positivity.”
In addition to teaching group and private yoga classes, M offers workshops that explore queer identity, body image, desire, pleasure, and agency. They champion diversity and equity in the yoga industry as a member of the Yoga & Body Image Coalition leadership team. They continue to serve as an expert adviser on diversity, accessibility, and ethics for the Yoga Alliance Standards Review Project and currently work with Accessible Yoga to help bring their teacher trainings and conferences to an ever-growing list of cities internationally.
M is described by students as a welcoming, intuitive, and adaptively challenging teacher. Peers and mentors describe them as highly knowledgeable in their teaching, dedicated in their personal practice, and committed to their students. M’s classes often include functional movement practices alongside more traditional alignment-based postures and flow elements that link breath and body.
FIND M CAMELLIA
- M’s vision for their work in the world
- What teaching non-asana centered workshops looks like
- How having a niche early on allowed M to find work
- How M’s career progressed as a yoga teacher
- How having other yoga-related work (aside from teaching) can bring more balance and stability to your career
- How The Trans Yoga Project started
- Why M chooses to work outside of traditional hierarchical business structures
- Tips for creating successful collaborations
- Being an anti-capitalist business owner
- Why slowing down can help to create a more sustainable business