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10 Yoga Millionaires: About The Entrepreneurs Who Won The Yoga Game



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From Ex-Models turned yoga instructors to the bankrupt mogul who owned more than 300 yoga studios, the modern entrepreneurial economy has evolved and grown with yoga. These yogis learned the game and made it big by using their own charisma and media savvy to make their names synonymous with yoga success.  Each worked to cultivate their experience and know-how into a small fortune by tapping into markets that had previously been unreached, and by pushing the envelope every day. Each is a story of success, and each holds insight into how they where so successful.

1. Tara Stiles

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To begin, let us introduce possibly the most well known person on this list, Ms. Tara Stiles, a ballerina by training, who began her career in Yoga with short promotional video’s on YouTube, amassing more than twenty million views. Her real claim to fame, however comes from her direction of her company called Strala Yoga, which boasts an international traditional and virtual daily audience in the multi millions. Her true success in an already oversaturated field was and is likely tied to her controversy.     

                Ms. Stiles breaks from the traditional approach to Yoga, and chooses instead to focus on the mind body connection, splitting away the long held religious connotations of the process, and focusing only on the physical postirony. Ms. Stiles also actively works to make Yoga affordable for everyone, charging only ten dollars (USD) a session, and breaking from the standard certification processes, opting for observational assessment of perspective instructors.

2. John Friend

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A student of yoga since age eight, John Friend is about as close to having been raised by yoga as a person gets. Teaching in some capacity or another beginning in 1984, Mr. Friend eventually (in 1997) founded his own organization called Anusara Yoga, which combined Samkyha, Advatia, Taoism, Wicca, and even Quantum physics to create a hybrid philosophy preaching the so called “Three A’s of Anusara” (Attitude, alignment, and action).

All things went relatively smoothly for Mr. Friend until February of 2012, when a whistle-blower published a website accusing Mr. Friend of sexual indescretions, violations of the ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act), and use of employees to aide in the commission of drug related felonies. Although these deviations meant that he had to step down from Anusara, Mr. Friend quickly found himself back on his feet, and is now and instructor of yoga surrounding the body alignment method called “The Bowspring.”

3. Donna Farhi

Donna Farhi has taught Yoga since late 1982, and has published five books on both instruction, and practice of Yoga. As a contributor to both Yoga International and Yoga Journal, she has, and continues to be a guiding force in the international yoga world. When not writing, globetrotting, and teaching her students, Ms. Farhi keeps horses and enjoys the sport of dressage.

Inarguably one of the worlds most exceptional yoga instructors, Ms. Farhi has also contributed to the overall safety of the activity, recommending and assisting in the creation of the Yoga Alliances guidelines for pupil-teacher relationships. While she is one of the older yoga instructors on this list, Donna Farhi shows that success in the field can be carried for long periods of time.

4. Duncan Peak

A self-described Soul Surfer and Spiritual warrior, Mr. Peak brings more than fourteen years experience in teaching, as well as almost twenty years of practice in yoga itself, Duncan breaks stereotypes and has soared to one of the best instructors in Australia. Peak is also the CEO of Power Living, a company that owns 8 studios and offers countless retreats and instructional options. Duncan was also the founder of Australia’s first virtual yoga studio called YOGAHOLICS.

5. Paul Grilley

Paul Grilley begin practicing yoga in 1979, and went on to study Anatomy and Kinesiology, ultimately earning a masters in the field and a honorary PhD. Mr. Grilley is perhaps most influential yogi on the list when it comes to impact on the practice itself, as he is one of the cofounders of the practice known as Yin Yoga, where gentler and less impactful movements are used to accommodate those who have movement issues, and those who are less well suited for the standard yogoan compliment.

6. Shiva Rea

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Shiva Rea, a born and raised Californian named after the Hindu deity Nataraja, Shiva began studying under the tutelage of Swami Sivananda Saraswati as well as Daniel Odier, and quickly began developing her own branch of Yoga. She created a special form of Vinyasa Yoga, called Prana Vinyasa, which has taken the world by storm, and is the basis for the classes she teaches to her students, and the instructional method she teaches to her prodigies.

7. Baron Baptiste

Baron Baptiste, son of the founder of Baptiste Yoga, continued his father’s work beginning in the 1990’s launching Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, one multiple spin offs of the Power Yoga brand, and slowly he began growing an increasingly large following, eventually this culminated in the creation of the widely successful Baptiste Institute.

8. Seane Corn

From HIV, underage prostitution, alcohol and drug abuse, and even those in other countries, Seane Corn is both an activist and a yogi, teaching hundreds of students, and globetrotting while handling both personal and area wide crisis. Beyond her work with adults in need, she also extends her work to those who have been abused sexually and does her best to help them heal using the power of Yoga. She is currently a instructor on, and is a highly respected and lauded yoga instructor.

9. Kathryn Budig

A founder of Aim True, she is in fact an influential yoga teacher and an advocate. Working actively in her charity for animals, Kathryn still finds the time to be an exceptionally popular yoga instructor running teachers courses.

10. Bikram Choudhury

The man who found Bikram Yoga might have been the most successful out of all the teachers in this listing, having owned 330 yoga studios in the US only. However, due to few lawsuits connected to his teaching, he filed for bankruptcy in 2017. Nonetheless, he still works with the students.

Each of these self made millionaires have risen to global acclaim through yoga and by tapping in to their social media and entrepreneurial prowess. Taking record of their mistakes, and being aware of their accomplishments, can help small business owners what to do and what not to do. 

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How to build a relationship with business angels and venture capitalists?



When you go on a first date, you normally don’t ask the person to marry you. With business angels and venture capitalists, sometimes you simply have to, because if you don’t ask the question, you may never get a second chance. But most of the time, you need to build a relationship with them before they can entertain the idea of investing money into your company, just like in a personal relationship.

Say Thank You

You started a business and now you need funds to grow it. The first financing campaign is crucial, as you will need to be able to convince at least one investor to join in, in order to stabilize the company’s finance and start developing. But it is not the only time you will need to meet with business angels and venture capitalists. In fact, this process should be part of your short- and longer-term strategy, because the bigger your company will grow, the more funding you’ll need.

Let us share a little secret that will go a long way. As you are contacting and meeting with investors, take the time to send them thank you cards. First, it will show them that you are into details and that is something they like in an entrepreneur. Secondly, it has a good chance to remain around them for a little while (on their desk, briefcase…) and will act as a reminder of your endeavour. Finally, it just might be the one thing that makes them pick-up your call the next time, if only to say thank you in return and then it will be another chance for you to seize the opportunity.

Keep Them Informed

There is nothing more exciting for an investor than to see a company grow. The only way they can be aware of your development is if you keep them informed. Of course, this communication needs to be balanced, otherwise, they will shut it down by sending your mails directly into their trash or they simply won’t pick-up your calls anymore.

One good way to go about this, is to keep a monthly newsletter aimed at them. Its content should focus only on your monthly achievements and results from previous ones. They need to see that you are delivering on what you were promising when you originally met with them. You may think they have better things to do, but they don’t. Their job is to find the next Microsoft or Uber of the world, and to do that, they need information. Bringing it to them is almost like a gift… if done right and in moderation.

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Will Innovation Beat Coronavirus?

Coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain that was not identified in humans but originated from a group of viruses responsible for illness such as common cold, SARS and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).



Coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain that was not identified in humans but originated from a group of viruses responsible for illness such as common cold, SARS and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these viruses are zoonotic for they are spread between people and animals. The disease at its initial stage exhibits respiratory symptoms such as breathing difficulties, shortness of breath, cough and fever. A patient with coronavirus is diagnosed with SARS, kidney failure, pneumonia at an advanced stage and ultimately, the patient dies out of these complications.

The standard prevention of spreading infection is regular hand washing, as well as covering one’s nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Further cooking eggs and meat thoroughly is important for it stops the transfer of viruses from animals to humans.

The disease has attracted increased attention across the world due to the number of reported deaths and for that reason, WHO has declared this disease a global health emergency. In view of that, the question in people’s mind is whether innovation will beat the coronavirus. Continue reading this article for in-depth insight.

Can the Spread of Coronavirus be stopped?

Researches, medical experts, scholars and governments are working at cutting off the infections. People wearing surgical masks have become a standard feature across the world’s airports, streets and other public places.

However, according to the Australian Government department of Health as of February 10, 2020, 06:00 hrs, the fatality rate was 2.16%, and 813 persons had died while 37,562 were confirmed to be infected. Australia has 15 patients among these reported cases scattered across its major cities.

Several universities are applying computer modelling technology to establish the rate of infection. The results from the modelling indicate that the new coronavirus case is infecting nearly 2.5 people. The University of Hong Kong reported that More than 75,800 people were infected in regions such as Wuhan between January 25th and 31st.

Further, experts warn that these techniques can’t estimate the rates of fatality at the initial stages of an outbreak due to its likelihood to mutate with new infections. Thus, it has become difficult to tell whether genetic changes will cause the virus to be more or less virulent.

The recent coronavirus outbreak in China is reported to surpass the SARS epidemic that occurred in 2002 -2003 and killed 774 people across the world. The number of reported deaths is still questionable since most testing facilities in Chinese laboratories and hospitals lack modern equipment and are under severe strain.

Wearing masks remains controversial since there is limited evidence and people have a different opinion about it. However, these masks assist in reducing the transmission of aerosols among individuals through sneezing and coughing.

Will Innovation Beat Coronavirus?

The answer to this mindboggling question is yes. The article provides several reasons that demonstrate that the use of innovation and technology will bring down this disease as it did with other epidemics. The following innovative initiatives are ongoing with a view of bringing the spread of this disease under control.

  • WHO has established research and innovation forum across the globe to exploit the power of science in mitigating the spread of the disease. Bringing the scientific community under one roof to discuss research priorities, tools and to accelerate progress is the current role that WHO is playing.

It intends to use innovation to develop therapies, vaccines and diagnoses, among others. The forum will help them identify the research areas like source if the virus, share genetic sequences and biological samples.

The participants and experts will improve the existing MERS and SARS research in addition to accelerating medical products and scientific information needed to minimize the effects of coronavirus outbreaks.

  • Scientists are using innovation to produce coronavirus vaccines. They did the same with the Ebola outbreak in West African between 2014 and 2016 as well as Zika epidemic that struck Latin America in 2016.

Technology is shaping the clinical trial of these vaccines, while innovation is scaling up its production. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is financing the creation of coronavirus vaccines by three companies at the cost of $12.5 million. The announcement was made on January 10, 2020, when 2019-CoV was reported in a public database by Chinese researchers. 

Mass production of these vaccines is reported to be inevitably a significant challenge after clinical trials. However, innovative strategies will assist these companies to double their annual production to protect the world’s population.

  • The use of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) procedure to test patient samples is a slow process. For that reason, there is a need for specialist equipment across the major laboratories across the world.

Thus, researchers are innovatively developing cheaper, faster and portable tests. For instance, The European Diagnostics Company, known as Novacyt, launched new equipment recently that provides results in roughly 90 minutes. The molecular research use only (RUO) test was developed in response to the novel coronavirus that broke out in China.

The company reports that the Primerdesign test is stable even at room temperatures and has received orders from ten countries. The fast response to this outbreak is a clear indication that experts are using their core competency such as innovation, development and commercialization. 


The outbreak of 2019 nCoV in the city of Wuhan has attracted the world’s attention. Coronavirus cause infections in a person’s respiratory system. It has already been declared a global health emergency by the WHO. For that reason, most countries have restricted movement of its people and have imposed containment controls. However, the existing records indicate that the number of deaths from coronavirus has surpassed the number of people that died during the SARS outbreak.

Scientists and experts are busy conducting studies on the causes of this disease. Despite these initiatives, the question in people’s mind is “will innovation beat coronavirus?”

Based on WHO and CEPI initiatives, it is believed that the answer to that question is “Yes”. These organizations are funding researches to create coronaviruses vaccines and testing equipment to stop the spread of the virus. 

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Romania rising: why this small eastern Europe country may become the next startup paradise?

Romania is one of the small European countries a lot of foreigners go just to visit due to Dracula’s story.



But in the past decade, it has been one of the countries with more and more focus on using technology to grow and evolve in the long haul. The most important aspect for Romania is that there are a lot of ways to create a startup and do that cheaply.

The overall living costs are smaller in Romania when compared to most countries in Europe. On top of that, the country has one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe. Not only that, but Romania also has a large pool of well-educated talent. The operating costs are very cheap, and the low wages make it appealing for a lot of investors that want a great ROI without any major risks.

New startups are coming

The reason why startup creators choose Romania is because of the low operating costs. Romania is one of the countries that continue to grow and expand, and it’s all about using the right tools to make that happen. It’s certainly rewarding and unique, and the overall approach is nothing short of spectacular every time because of that. The commitment to growth and value is very important, and at the end of the day, you just have to make it work in a stellar manner.

When you think about Romania, you mostly think about a small, poor country in Europe. But the education system here is widely regarded as one of the best and cheapest ones in Europe. That means you can get a very good degree and start your career without worries. It’s a wonderful starting point. Companies like Accelerole, for example, continue to grow and expand, focusing on foreign markets.

Yes, if you create a startup in Romania you will be targeting global markets, as the local market just doesn’t have the tech demand you would expect. It all comes down to commitment and value, and if you’re tackling it wisely, nothing can really stand in your way.

Why is Romania growing in the tech world?

One of the top advantages is definitely one of the fastest internet speeds in the world. On top of that, the company also has multiple telecom companies that provide small scale fiber networks for companies too. The internet prices are extremely low too, which is amazing. And the millennial generation continues to focus on tech because it’s something they really enjoy.

As you can see, Romania has everything you need in order to create a powerful and rewarding business in the long run. There will always be challenges and demanding situations, but if you’re doing it right, you will find that nothing is impossible and creating a business here might very well be the boost you need to create a global phenomenon. If you’re looking to relocate to a new country to start your own business, then Romania might be a great option. It has a startup-friendly economic environment and it definitely offers some benefits to new business owners. You should definitely consider checking it out as it can be totally worth the effort in the long run.

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