::SHIFT+CONTROL                                                             BY ANDREA B. WANDERSEE, MPA, RYT-200 I PHOTO B...
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  1. 1. ::SHIFT+CONTROL BY ANDREA B. WANDERSEE, MPA, RYT-200 I PHOTO BY SEAN K. HARP::FITNESS I never thought of myself as an entrepreneur. My primary impetus for On that very same day I decided to enroll Infinite Light Yoga’s 200-Hour starting my own consulting firm was to have more control over my Yoga Teacher Training (www.infinitelightyoga.com). By committing to professional and personal life. Engaging in meaningful work is important teaching yoga to others, I would be obligated to a regular practice for to me, and I wanted to work with clients whose mission aligned with myself. The logic may seem simplistic but it worked for me. my value system. I also needed to establish business goals based on my own aspirations, and make more time for family, personal growth and As I thought about the reasons yoga was important to me, I began to draw self-care. I started Wandersee Consulting in 2010, thanks in part to the connections to my coaching work. Infinite Light specializes in experiential inspiration and practical advice offered at the WISE Conference, and the yoga that can be adapted for anyone. The practice and philosophy is so encouragement of my family. clearly beneficial for individual growth, that I realized I could incorporate yoga into my coaching practice. As I went through the program, I saw One of my priorities was to make time for a daily yoga practice. Although connections to other areas of my business, as yoga can enhance leadership, I have been dappling in yoga off and on since the mid-1990’s, I discovered teamwork, communication and organizational development. the value of a regular practice in 2005 as I went through a divorce, a move and a career change. During this time, yoga helped me stay focused and I plan to incorporate yoga into Wandersee Consulting, and teach multi- grounded. When I practice yoga regularly, my life simply works better. level yoga classes with Infinite Light Yoga. The owners, Tony and Mary Riposo, are currently expanding the studio to offer a wider range of Launching my own business has been exciting, empowering, classes and programming. Their energy and creativity provides an exciting overwhelming, frustrating and sometimes scary. It has never been boring. opportunity for all of their teachers to collaborate with them, and I would It takes a lot of energy and time to start a business, and it is not always easy hope to be a part of that. to make yoga a priority. Life as an entrepreneur is filled with paradox. There is control and chaos, Last year, life handed me a not-so-subtle reminder that I needed to take freedom and pure accountability, independence and a need for others. care of myself when my son developed some health problems. As I walked Yoga allows me to balance these contradictions and embrace all of the back into the yoga studio after a long hiatus, I knew in my heart that uncertainty that is life. yoga was not an occasional pastime or luxury hobby. It was an essential tool, a lifeline, to help me navigate all of the challenges life has to offer. Learn more about Wandersee Consulting at www.wanderseeconsulting.com. 46 SEPTEMBER 2012 :: SYRACUSEWOMANMAG.COM

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