Hills Gazette - - REAL ESTATE PLUS - Tanya MacNaughton

TO say 2016-17 was a mile­stone time in Kaye Water­house’s life would be an un­der­state­ment.

The 32-year-old mother-of-one opened hip-hop yoga stu­dio Vi­tal Beat Yoga in Mid­land, mar­ried fel­low yoga teacher Jimmy Jenk­ins in a cer­e­mony at their Mun­dar­ing home and be­came the 2017 food and well­ness am­bas­sador for Mid­land Gate Shop­ping Cen­tre.

She was trav­el­ling around Aus­tralia with her fam­ily on a late hon­ey­moon when she found out she was a fi­nal­ist in the 2017 AusMumpreneur Awards for Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence.

“I still don’t know who nom­i­nated me; I was on Fitzroy Is­land off the coast of Cairns when I found out,” Water­house said.

“I had to hotspot with my mo­bile to check work emails and there was a no­tice from AusMumpreneur.

“It’s so in­cred­i­ble to think I’d only been in busi­ness 12 months when nom­i­nated. When you’re self-em­ployed, much of what you do is keep­ing your head down and work­ing your butt off and not get­ting caught up in what other busi­nesses are do­ing or how suc­cess­ful they are.

“Be­ing a fi­nal­ist is like fi­nally lift­ing my head and look­ing around to re­alise what I’ve cre­ated has strength and cal­i­bre.”

Water­house has put her travel plans on hia­tus and went to Sydney last week to face the judg­ing panel and at­tend a gala din­ner, where the win­ners will be an­nounced.

All this is a re­sult of Water­house’s GP suggest­ing in 2009 she try yoga be­fore go­ing on med­i­ca­tion when she went to him suf­fer­ing anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion.

She went on to do her teacher train­ing in late 2015 and opened bou­tique stu­dio Vi­tal Beat Yoga on June 3, 2016.

“Ini­tially it was to fill a yoga void be­cause I had been driv­ing two-hour round trips to at­tend yoga that I res­onated with and this was so dif­fi­cult with a new baby,” Water­house said.

“Mid­land had no ded­i­cated yoga stu­dio, so I com­menced my train­ing with the in­ten­tion of cre­at­ing the space that I dreamed of al­ways hav­ing for my­self.

“It was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for me to merge my two loves: hip-hop and yoga.

Pic­ture: Heidy Saeran

Kaye Water­house.

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