Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaimie Perkunas.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My passion for physical therapy developed when I was 15 years old, and I watched my grandfather recover from a stroke. It was then that I realized my passion to help people reach their greatest potential for their body. I started working in healthcare, as a physical therapy aide, the summer after I graduated high school. At the age of 24 y/o, I received my doctorate in physical therapy. I was introduced to yoga by watching my dad do headstands in our living room growing up but I didn’t develop my own practice until I was 19 y/o. I utilized yoga to get “in shape” my first year away at college so initially, I used yoga as exercise. In 2008, after working as a physical therapist in a variety of settings and locations, I settled in Tucson. I completed my yoga teacher training in 2010 and was encouraged by my husband to start a physical therapy and yoga business in January 2011. I initially worked out of a home office for the first few years and continued working at various hospitals PRN (as needed) which allowed me the flexibility to transition full time to my private practice in 2013. I transitioned from my home office to a small shared office and then to my own yoga studio, Yoga is Therapy, by August 2014.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Growth and change are not always smooth, looking back, the road was probably smoother than it felt while I was on it. Creating a business is a vulnerable process even if you feel confident in your skills and mission. One of my biggest struggles was making decisions that came from my personal vision instead of feeling the need to compare my business to what others did. I have been working with a business coach for the last two years and he has helped me “feel” inside my being the next steps forward. Although I pride myself on being an independent woman, I would find myself making decisions to be like or unlike other practices instead of trusting my own unique vision. I would advise women to talk to a variety of people doing something similar to what you want to do and don’t rush it. Trust me, when you start to open the doors before you know it you will be in the middle of the journey. Be patient and kind to yourself and others and try to learn something from every situation good, bad or neutral. Write your learning lessons down so that you can refer back to them.
What should we know about Yoga is Therapy LLC? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a physical therapist, yoga teacher, and yoga therapist. I work with people one on one and in group, settings to teach them about their bodies and how to heal themselves through yoga techniques, body awareness, and breathing. I expanded my business in 2014 to include other therapeutic yoga teachers in Tucson to share their therapeutic offerings. The teachers that rent from the studio have complete autonomy of their class prices, focus, and enrollment. I love providing a space for therapeutic yoga teachers to work together yet be in complete control over what they offer and when. I am so proud of my fellow teachers who share their expertise in therapeutic yoga. I am proud of the Tucson yoga community for helping Yoga is Therapy grow and spread and I am proud of myself for being willing to grow and step up as a leader in the yoga community. I don’t like to think of setting myself apart from others, instead, I like to think about how I can connect people together. With my combined medical and yoga background, I feel I have a unique opportunity to bridge yoga and healthcare. I educate doctors and health care providers on the benefits of yoga and I educate the yoga population of teachers and students about the importance of anatomy and biomechanics to avoid injury. I feel comfortable teaching anyone yoga and in fact, I tend to draw people who have been too afraid to try yoga and now they have their own yoga practice.
It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
Brene Brown – I really loved her Rising Strong and Braving the Wilderness audiobooks.
I really enjoy listening to Good Life Project Podcast.
I have a group of Bridgebuilders on Facebook and this group has been an important support for growing my practice and having people to talk to about the challenges and rewards of trailblazing out of the traditional healthcare setting.
- First Appointment: $150 (75 minutes)
- Follow-up Appointment: $125 (60 minutes)
- Check-up: $70 (30 minutes)
- Address: 2921 E Fort Lowell
Tucson, AZ 85716
- Website: www.yogaistherapy.com
- Phone: 520-222-9848
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: yogaistherapytucson
- Facebook: yogaistherapytucson
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