Today we’d like to introduce you to Nelly Perumean.
Hi Nelly, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
As an overachieving (and overworked) aspiring business woman, my yoga journey began when I removed myself from my comfort zone, decided to put myself as a priority and began my journey towards balance.
This quest for balance eventually led me to my first yoga class in search of the innumerous holistic and mental benefits that yoga offered. After that first class, I began to notice something inside me that yearned for that mind-body connection and started to perceive this effortless gravitational pull towards living a healthier, more fulfilling life.
Believe it or not, I never wanted to become a yoga teacher as teaching was already such a dominating part of my profession. Yoga was a time for me to learn about myself, discover and heal myself. It was a release from the hustle and bustle of corporate life and I was perfectly content to keep it that way.
In 2010, while living in Miami Beach, my teacher encouraged me to attend the teacher training course as a way to deepen my own understanding of life, my journey, and my purpose. After reflecting on the inner awareness I had started to cultivate since beginning my yoga journey – and acknowledging the tremendous impact my teachers had on me to become a better version of me – I found myself wanting to share that same gift with others. I had already experienced how I was now able to stay calm in unfavorable or challenging situations, and noticed how I handled myself better because of the inner balance and strength I had obtained from my practice. This was enough for me to take the leap and put my self-knowledge towards the intention (and now life-long passion) of teaching it to others.
And the rest, as they say, is history…
I no longer teach in a corporate setting (something I never thought I’d say) because rather than teach adults how to be better at their job through professional development, coaching, or training strategies, I now teach adults how to enrich their lives through the daily practice of yoga.
I ventured into entrepreneurship from the encouragement of my husband in 2019. It was never a thought that crossed my mind after 15+ years in the corporate world. But when I returned from maternity leave and my beloved employer had abruptly eliminated my position, I was left at a crossroads. Do I follow the same path with a different company or do I forgo my comfort zone once again and blaze a new trail? I was, without a doubt, lost. I no longer had the security of a consistent income, or the predictability of a stable job , but there was also something freeing about charting into the unknown. Little did I know, two years later, I would be running two businesses – my own yoga brand and a professional consulting service. In a sense, I use my talents interchangeably between the two. They both serve different purposes with the same intentions in mind.
My driving force behind creating High Performance Yoga (in a nutshell) is to strive for a more enriched you!! High-performers don’t follow. They lead. So, with that intention in mind, I help yoga teachers and students shine their own light and reach their full potential by showing up as their most authentic selves. From there, we see how much growth is possible. And sometimes that means venturing out of your comfort zone, like I did. I’m confident in this approach because one thing I know to be true from my own experience is this: If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
I take this same approach with Nelly Perumean Professional Consulting Services, where I have the opportunity to help business owners streamline their success through learning and development initiatives and/or process efficiency. I love being able to combine my analytical and creative thinking to encourage business owners to be high performers in their profession and free up space so they can keep their focus where it needs to be – on growing and managing their business.
Helping others and guiding them to flourish in their endeavors has always been fulfilling for me. I’m so fortunate I have the opportunity to do what I love, while still being able to put my family first. Spending quality time with my babies to experience their growth in becoming good humans is the most fulfilling gift. This gratitude carries into the work I do.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
At first, I had no idea what I was doing when I pursued running my own businesses and I was too frugal to invest in the appropriate resources to help me become successful – not to mention having a 6-month-old and a 2-year-old to care for when I took the entrepreneurial leap.
I was overwhelmed from needing to learn and understand it all and understand it yesterday. And for the first time in many moons, I didn’t feel like I was grounded. Frustrated and overwhelmed easily with all that was involved and trying to complete it all myself. I was also scared about putting myself out there, about being vulnerable and worrying too much about “what if.”
So, I forced myself to take a step back and reinforce my teachings personally. At the start of 2021, I selected one word to define my year: “celebrate.” I wanted to have the intention to celebrate both my successes and my failures. I invited a mindset of abundance and accomplishment to give myself permission to flourish. I hired people who I knew wanted to see me succeed to help with things that aren’t really in my wheelhouse. From that point, I launched a virtual yoga teacher training course and a live, on-demand yoga class membership site, published a class planner on Amazon, continued growing my private facebook group for yoga teachers to almost 5,000 members, and collaborated with The Railyard Hidden Bar to offer yoga classes on their beautiful patio to support local businesses and charities and build our community. Professionally, my consulting portfolio has grown to help more business owners streamline their success. Celebrating revealed the value of not being afraid to go for things. Every day can be a celebration if you allow it to be.
If there is something you are passionate about, don’t waiver, charge forward. I am more confident now about who I am and what I want out of life than I ever was as a leader in Corporate America. I am empowered every day to set my journey and so are you! Find what energizes you and shift your energy towards that. It will never lead you astray.
We’ve been impressed with High Performance Yoga, LLC, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am known predominantly for my yoga teaching. I create unique yoga experiences that are physically and mentally engaging, with challenging yoga poses that are creatively sequenced in a way that’s accessible for all students to do and feel their best. This gives them confidence on their mat to achieve difficult things they never thought were possible – which, in turn, prepares them for what happens off their mat. Having confidence to overcome daily life circumstances (getting stuck in traffic when you’re already in a rush) or triggering situations (getting a cold pizza delivered) can be empowering and life-changing.
Yoga is a journey. It is not a destination. It’s not the perfect backbend or the longest handstand. It’s a path to self-awareness that starts on the mat, with the mind-body connection we create, and continues off the mat with the mindful intentions we hold. It’s never about how far you go, but how you get there. This is what I feel sets me apart from others.
What I am most proud of though are my two bundles of joy that my husband and I created. They are our motivation to make this world a better place. With teaching the spiritual philosophy, physical practice and mindful commitment of yoga, I hope to make a difference for each yogi I connect with. Because, collectively, we all can make the world a better place.
What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
Well, I’m a native to the East Valley, but my husband and I took a 10 year hiatus moving around the U.S. and abroad. When we agreed to move back home, my one contingency was that we would live in Gilbert. I have always loved this city and knew I wanted to raise my children here. I adore the small-town feel (even though it’s no longer so small) and love the people that I’ve met. Most importantly though, I love how many small business owners there are in this area and feel fortunate that I’ve been able to connect with them. I also give back to the community wherever I can. I am a Junior League of Phoenix member since 2017 and support local charities for yoga class offerings at The Railyard. The support of this town is unmatchable and I’m so grateful for everyone’s guidance and. encouragement.
- I offer an online Yoga monthly membership for $27, which gives you access to on-demand yoga classes daily and new classes added each month.
- I have a Class Planner for Yoga Teachers available on Amazon for $11
- You can also contact me for group or 1:1 classes via my website at www.hipy.yoga. I look forward to being a part of your journey!
- Website: www.hipy.yoga
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hipy.yoga/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/highperformanceyoga
- Other: www.nellyperumean.com
Credit for profile photo: Azula Raun Photography