Today we’d like to introduce you to Daryn Schwartz.
Daryn, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a Georgia girl, born and bred and moved to Chicago a little over six years ago with my job at the time. I spent 15+ years in advertising and marketing until I had the epiphany that I wasn’t doing what I was meant to be doing with my life. I had a great career that I developed over many years, but I knew there was more for me out there. I wanted to feel personally connected to what I was doing and needed to find what made my heart beat a little bit faster… a little over two years ago, during savasana in a yoga class in LA, this idea for a super soulful yoga studio washed over me. I set out to create a unique and elevated yoga experience that helped people get out of their heads and into their souls. It was a long two+ years with many twists and turns, doubts and fears, but somehow, I managed to continue putting one foot in front of the other and ended up here, at The Space Between.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Smooth… ha!! Absolutely NOT! It was and continues to be, a very exciting, very emotional and very rewarding journey. The biggest challenges were the feelings of doubt and fear that come up when doing something new and something big. That imposter syndrome of ‘Who am I to think I can do this’. You just have to acknowledge those voices from within, be compassionate toward that part of yourself and politely tell that voice to STFU!
Another really hard aspect of this is that nothing felt real or tangible and I felt like I had nothing to show for all the work I was doing. You just have to keep reminding yourself that you’re doing the work and even though you can’t see the results they are there and contributing to your ultimate goal.
My advice? Just begin. Just start. Just put one foot in front of the other and when you feel like you’re stumbling around in the dark, just continue to put one foot in front of the other. All you have to do is continue to move – sometimes, it will feel like you’re moving backwards or sideways, but honestly, each step is forward motion. Just begin.
Please tell us about The Space Between.
The Space Between is a yoga experience designed to get you out of your head and into your soul. We are breathing new life into a beautiful, ancient practice through movement, music, meditation, breathwork and an elevated studio experience. Our flows are juicy, our guidance inspiring and our vibes high.
Our mission is for our students to leave feeling more alive than when they came in. We meet people in the space between where they are and where they want to be, in a place of self-discovery, on a quest for self-love. We give them the time and space to get out of their head and into their soul.
More than a brand, we want to be a community. We want everyone to feel at home when they walk in, for no one to be a stranger (that’s our Southern roots shining through), and for each person to feel like they belong here.
We celebrate diversity and honor individuality. We think all bodies are beautiful, all accents are awesome, all skin colors are wonderful and all smiles are bright. We offer and expect respect here. We use words like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ here. We will not stand for hatred, racism, xenophobia, bigotry, sexual impropriety, anti-semitism, sexism, jerkism or any of those nasty things here.
We have a ‘take a class, give a class’ model – a portion of all class proceeds will be donated to various charities that are bringing yoga and mindfulness to people in need. We believe the yoga experience can transform lives and want to make it more accessible to underserved communities and individuals.
There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
I wouldn’t say that I have a single mentor, but I would say I have a village of people who are rooting for me, who listen and offer advice and who have rolled up their sleeves to make my dreams come true. It can be very lonely doing something like this by yourself. Find your village, your tribe, let them help you and then thank and celebrate them every chance you get!
Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to people, even if they are strangers. The word ‘Shy’ is not in my vocabulary, so the networking part comes naturally. I can’t tell you how many strangers I messaged on Instagram, emailed out of the blue, walked into their store/studio/etc. People are generally interested and want to see you succeed – don’t be afraid to reach out, tell them what you’re doing, invite them to coffee and ask to learn from them or network with them. So many wonderful yoga teachers agreed to have coffee with me and hear my story and that’s how we have been so fortunate to build the family of teachers and staff we have!
If you don’t ask, the answer will always be ‘no’.
- New Student Special: 30-Day Unlimited (plus a guest pass!): $75
- New Student Special: Take One – Get One (take your first class, get your second at no cost!): $26
- Single Class: $26
- 5-Class Pack: $120
- 10-Class Pack: $220
- 20-Class Pack: $360
- Monthly Unlimited: $150/month
- Address: 222 W Hubbard Street
Lower Level SE
Chicago, IL 60654
- Website: www.thespacebetweenyoga.com
- Phone: 312.291.9330
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @thespacebetween_yoga
- Facebook: @thespacebetweenyoga
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