MY BUSINESS MODEL AND RECIPROCITY POLICY
Serving those who need with the gifts of Yoga Therapy is my dharma in life. Giving the gifts of Yoga Therapy is what I need to do in order to live a full life. Receiving is also an important aspect of what I do, so my cup remains full enough to offer from.
It is true that within our modern world, accessibility varies based on class, gender, race and sexuality. Acknowledging this reality means I must leverage the privilege I hold in order to the best of my ability fairly distribute resources to those upon the spectrum of systematic oppression so all have access to yoga therapy via Dharmawake services. Therefore, establishing a responsible business model is imperative so I remain a conscious business owner in this world of inequality we find ourselves in.
Below you will find my core business values and my practical measures for achieving these values for Dharmawake.
As a conscious consumer, I have outlined my business model clearly below. These act not only as loose guidelines for other business owners interested in sharing services wisely during these transformational times, but also for the consumer, which act as important things to look for when supporting businesses through with your dollar.
As someone who provides services to the general public outside of insurance benefits, I offer sliding scale rates to increase accessibility for those who may not be able to afford my full fee. For those clients who have more access to funds, paying a slightly higher rate for my services makes it possible for others to access my offerings while keeping my income sustainable for my life and business developmental needs.
I volunteer my services in order to give back as much as I can to those who lack the privilege of access and resource. Volunteering allows me to offer to who could most benefit from what I have to offer, but may not have access to it otherwise. I do this regularly and within organizations whose models I believe in so my give back allows me to offer my services in a way that does not necessitate any additional emotional, energetic or labor or cost on my part. Volunteering is invaluable to those in the world who need it. Ongoing volunteer services include:
RONDOUT VALLEY HOLISTIC HEALTHCARE COMMUNITY: RVHHC facilitates collaborative holistic healthcare and education in the Rondout Valley of New York. Our vision of Holistic Healthcare available to all is offered monthly via Community Holistic Healthcare Days on the third Tuesday of every month, at which holistic practitioners and community members volunteer their services; free Holistic Self-Care classes on the first Thursday of each month; free Special Events including speakers and workshops related to expanding consciousness and exploring holistic health; and film showings in collaboration with the Rosendale Theatre Collective, which co-sponsors the screening of films related to Health and Well-Being.
O POSITIVE FESTIVAL: Underinsured Artists and Musicians create and perform in exchange for a variety of services donated by doctors, dentists and complementary care providers. O+ (pronounced O Positive) calls this exchange The Art of Medicine for the Medicine of Art. O+ empowers communities to take control of their collective wellbeing through art, music and wellness.
WORKING WITH RECOGNITION AND SOLIDARITY
Although I am a singular being, my work is a result of the training and teachers I have had the privilege of studying under over the years. It is my responsibility as a student to pass on their lineages and acknowledge them thusly, which is why I always include the names SomaVeda® and Embodied Flow™ to denote who has inspired my teachings and clearly name where they stem from. In this way, I also “give credit where credit is due” and deconstruct the false mentality birthed by capitalism that we are in competition with others. We all have the potential to help transform our culture from one of competition to one of cooperation.
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND HOLIDAYS
We are not resources to be exploited. Many of us do not consistently create time for the rest and recuperation in which we truly require. The celebrated mindset of working tirelessly can keep us out of sight that way of working is recreating the very unsustainable lifestyle I am working to reduce by way of yoga therapy. Pushing myself beyond my body’s limits is not of interest to me. This is why I take off during my moon time, a time of reconnection and pratyahara, or a natural with drawl of the senses in order to reorganize and reset. For people whose work is in health and healing — not working can be the most productive thing we can do.