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  • Writer's pictureVicki Baumann

I knew I had to prioritise my health over business

Thank you to DorsetBizNews for publishing their front page lead article on mine and my husband Mike's journey

By Andrew Diprose, Editor, (Abridged version) - click here to read the full article

Being told by the orthopaedic surgeon that if I didn't have an operation to insert metal plates to repair and support the broken metatarsals in my left foot very rapidly - my foot would collapse and I would end up with drop foot. That was certainly a moment in my life that I won't forget.

It was the start of a complete change in my life, outlook, priorities, career and finally - location of where we live!

Life changing in every sense.

My timing perhaps not at its best. When I left my print career behind me to go full time yoga business - it transpired that it was just two weeks ahead of Covid-19 full lockdown March 2020.

So another major challenge to face and one I met head-on by transitioning my live in-person yoga classes to live online via Zoom, literally, within hours.

Yoga teacher Vicki Baumann of Yogawithvickib names as one of the f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 for 2020.

Lockdown January 2021 we started a completely new adventure by leaving our SW London home and moving to Broadstone, near Poole in Dorset.

For me, teaching online - it meant that I could continue teaching all my existing yoga students - who by now were spread all across the UK.

For Mike it was a totally fresh start. A successful and much respected painter and decorator for many years - with back-to-back clients - he had to start all over again marketing his services to a new clientele.

And I have to say, the area has welcomed him. He has gained many new clients through recommendations which is lovely to see - exactly how he build his business where we previously lived.

Said Mike: "Some days we feel we need to pinch ourselves that we're now actually living here. It's an amazing place".

And, yes Mike, you were right all along! It's taken him years patiently waiting until the time was right for me and him to make the Big Move. And one we don't regret for one moment. "We feel incredibly settled".

If you are in the Broadstone/Poole/Bournemouth, Dorset area would like to discuss a painting and decorating job with Mike, you can find him on Facebook

If you would like to have a chat about how you can join my next beginners course; join one of my live online yoga classes; or would like to discuss having private 1-2-1 yoga classes with me in my beautiful home yoga studio – then get in touch, message or call me and I’ll be happy to talk. As all my classes are run live online via Zoom, it doesn't matter where in the UK you are located - you can easily access my classes, my workshops and online retreats so you needn’t put off starting

Want to find out more about my online retreats and my in-person ladies Yoga Retreats in Kalkan and the UK? Take a look under 'Yoga With Me' on my website or get in touch – I’d love to hear from you

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