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Business Banter: Colm Walsh from Yoga Dublin

This week we speak to Colm Walsh from Yoga Dublin about the reality of owning a yoga studio and what he’s learned

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned since launching Yoga Dublin?

That everything looks rosy from the outside but it can be dark and dirty underneath the bonnet sometimes.

If you could go back and do something differently would you?

I would have loved to have bought a premises back in the day. Leasing and working for a landlord and the Revenue is a thankless business.

What was the biggest thing to surprise you while setting up a Yoga Dublin?

How it never ends, there’s always something to think about/do/fix/promote/market/refresh. It’s 24/7.

Did you learn anything about yourself?

That I’d be much better suited to working as the Star Fleet Starship Commander, anything for a life away from spreadsheets and databases.

How do you manage to maintain any level of work life balance? Is it hard to switch off

It’s really hard, as I have just opened Hot Yoga by Yoga Dublin in Rathmines, my third location. It’s a really busy phase at the moment, but I’m loving the classes in the heat there this cold spring and I actually manage to shut off while practising there.

What was the best piece of advice you were ever given?

Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs from Charles Dickens

What piece of advice would you pass on now to someone else who’s noticed a gap in the market?

Please don’t! It’s saturated, I was the third studio to open 15 years ago in Dublin, there’s now about 150 yoga and pilates studios and more on stream. Wait it out, or rent some space in mine?

Have you always believed in Yoga Dublin or did you have moments of thinking you couldn’t do it?

My choice of two amongst past, present, future and belief would always be the present. Live in it to your best and have belief, then the future will be better. I still have moments of wobble, so I walk the dog for hours up the mountains. He doesn’t get yoga or talk about it.

What’s next?

Training up each of my four children. One shall be an accountant, one a solicitor, one a builder and one a yoga teacher, I’m out of here… my work is done.

Where would you like to be in five years

See above and add warm sand.
 For more information on Yoga Dublin Ranelagh, Yoga Dublin Dundrum and Hot Yoga Rathmines visit yogadublin.com