We had the good fortune of connecting with Nora Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nora, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I’ve created an accessible online space for community, which we are all so deeply lacking in this time. And through the practice of yoga, we create space to observe ourselves, notice our patterns, unravel them with intention, and promote healthy habits for body and mind. This is the practice that keeps us present, and this is how we persevere through challenging times.
But creating a space like this doesn’t do good for a community if it’s inaccessible. Because inequities have only been heightened by the pandemic, I’ve dedicated my efforts to providing yoga that is financial accessible, physically accessible to all bodies, and meets the demanding needs of populations living through trauma. This online space ensures that we know that we are not alone, while staying safe at home.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
When the pandemic shut everything down and yoga studios switched to online classes, I could not see the blessing for what it truly was. No longer tied to the physical practice spaces studios provided, I was free to make my own rules and create a community that embodied the principles most important to me. I could teach classes from anywhere, design my own schedule, create classes that my students physically needed, and set financially accessible rates that studios could never afford.
It was a fairly easy transition to strike out independently, thanks to Zoom, YouTube, and Patreon. In fact, the biggest hurdle was learning how to reach out to students directly to share my new classes. But it quickly became apparent that people were desperate to hear from someone they knew pre-pandemic. They were desperate for the community they lost with the people they knew.
Today I teach weekly classes on Zoom to more than 40 Patreon members and have amassed a YouTube class library of 50+ classes. I’m proud to facilitate a yoga space that isn’t promoting an MLM for dubious health products or QAnon conspiracy theories or toxic positivity. It’s just great yoga with a strong emphasis on helping students feel better in the everyday.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
– Griffith Observatory – Getty Villa
– El Matador beach
– Anywhere hiking in Angeles National Forest
– Pinches Tacos
– The Jerk Spot
– Leo’s Tacos
– Skylight Books
– Kenter Canyon
– Squaresville in Los Feliz
– Venice Skate Park
– Culver City Stairs
– Nick Metropolis
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All of the credit for my success belongs to my students. I would not find the courage to teach were it not for their encouragement and the community they create. Watching them achieve something new on the mat or hearing about their improved functioning in everyday life is what pushes me to improve as a teacher and as a human being. Every single student is so inspiring in the consistency with which they show up and the effort and care they offer each day. I am a better human for knowing each of them.
Other: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/noraharrisyoga