Time for a breather

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By CAITLIN TILLER

AF­TER years of liv­ing life in the fast lane, en­trepreneurs Gigi Mok and Sar­cha Thurston have opted for a change of pace.

Wem­b­ley Downs res­i­dent Ms Mok and Mt Hawthorn res­i­dent Ms Thurston opened a yoga stu­dio in the heart of Mt Hawthorn last week.

Be­tween them, Ms Mok and Ms Thurston have clocked up more than 40 years run­ning busi­nesses in hos­pi­tal­ity, events pro­mo­tion and live mu­sic.

Ms Mok owned Luxe Bar in High­gate for 13 years be­fore she closed its doors in May this year to fol­low a more tran­quil pur­suit.

She said she and Ms Thurston had been through many mile­stones to­gether but yoga had been a con­stant for 20 years.

“We’ve lived par­al­lel lives with busi­ness, kids, di­vorce and we prac­tised in the same yoga school, which is how our friend­ship re­ally ce­mented,” Ms Mok said.

Ms Thurston has lived in Mt Hawthorn for 20 years and owned seven busi­nesses in events pro­mo­tion, mar­ket­ing and the mu­sic scene.

She com­pleted four years of teacher train­ing in 2009 but said it is her and Ms Mok’s com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence that had given them con­fi­dence in the ven­ture.

“A lot of peo­ple open yoga stu­dios be­cause they love yoga but they don’t have busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence and we both have so much busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence,” Ms Thurston said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Gigi Mok and Sar­cha Thurston, own­ers and in­struc­tors of Yo­gaHub.

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