Today we’d like to introduce you to Danya Sher.
Danya, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a wife, a MohM of 2 Jayden 5, Ora Jo 2), a business owner, and just a girl who loves yoga and wine, and connecting with people. I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring the world. With a background in Kinesiology and a self-employed Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher specializing in prenatal, special needs children, and geriatrics, I have always loved working with people. I am supportive and nurturing by nature, so when I had my second baby after moving to Mission Viejo and realized the need for support in the mom and parenting world in South Orange County, I just I had to fill the void.
I wanted to create a space where expecting and new moms could gather and get the much-needed support that our society lacks. I wanted to build a community of moms.
MOhM is a boutique studio that offers a variety of classes including pre and postnatal yoga, mommy and me support classes, sensory classes, parenting classes, and mommy before my classes. Our moms who find us when they are pregnant, have a variety of classes to attend where they can get guidance and support along their journey through motherhood from the very beginning. They meet other like-minded moms in a setting free of judgment where they can be real about their experiences, including the not so pleasant ones. They build friendships and maintain relationships long after their class is over.
I always wanted a yoga studio of my own and being a mom, I collided my worlds where I can be and do both, as indicated in the name MOhM = mom + ohm. Here I can teach yoga in the very same space I get to educate, encourage, and support my moms, and bring my own kids to enjoy some of our classes with me.
This is how I aim to establish a motherhood community, and I can’t wait for it to continue to grow.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road is definitely not always smooth. It has many bumps, twists, and turns. For the most part, getting MOhM started was smooth. Finding my location and building it out, and designing my brand as well as space, was exciting and included my entire family who were instrumental in getting it ready. The struggles start after the doors open and the business has to run. I have to run it, on my own. So, making the commitment and finding the time to balance running a business and a family is where the road gets bumpy and windy.
Balance I would say is the biggest challenge. As a mom, it is too easy for us to feel guilty about the smallest things, so often I have to keep myself in check. Some days everything is in its place and I get quality time in with each of my kids and my husband, and some days it’s literally a balancing act – replying to an email while on the toilet with my daughter on my lap and my son yelling at me from the other room (#momlife).
As I look back, after completing my first year of this business, I would say that at different points different obstacles present themselves. Sometimes there is a peaceful and steady flow where classes are full and everything is organized, and sometimes its disorganized chaos and I have to work that much harder to get things back into rhythm. As is the life I suppose, a roller coaster, and we just have to enjoy the ride and trust the journey.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the MOhM story. Tell us more about the business.
MOhM is a boutique studio in Mission Viejo where our mohms come together for community, education and support. Motherhood is like no other experience in the world. Duty calls 24 hours, 7 days a week, and our bosses (our children) have no set hours, respect for breaks or sleep or holidays. Being a mom starts from the moment we get pregnant. From that moment on, we are no longer free from worry or love.
We immediately become responsible entirely for another life, thereby losing any sense of selfishness. No one out there tells us exactly what to expect (but really what to expect, mesh underwear and all) and how our lives are going to drastically change. We give birth and 2-5 days later are sent home to care for a completely innocent, helpless, and precious baby. And then we are faced with a striking dose of reality that no one prepared us for.
This is why MOhM was created. To be that voice to all women out there on the realities, joys, and challenges of motherhood. To prepare your body mind and spirit for birth through yoga and education. To empower you to be the best mom/parent you can be by reassuring that you’ve got this.
Our classes include:
-Mommy Before Me – an all-inclusive class on what to expect mentally, emotionally, and physically from pregnancy to childbirth and after baby’s arrival earth-side
-Mommy and Me – we have a newborn and older baby series. This class focuses on mom support and is a therapeutic discussion type of a class with different weekly topics specific to the phase of motherhood the moms of each class are in.
-Mohm and Baby Yoga – postnatal yoga that baby comes with too.
-Sensory Class – a class that promotes baby’s sensory development through play
-Parenting Class – helping parents navigate their role as parents through the challenging toddler behavior years through adolescence
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think we are at the beginning of a big pivotal time in the prenatal/postpartum/parenting world. There are finally more discussions about the mental health and 4th trimester of pregnancy. There are more groups forming for moms to get together with their babies. There is a larger acceptance of midwives, doulas, and birth centers in the health field. More and more, this industry is growing and people are getting more access to resources and information.
These are just a few examples of what I see daily that lead me to think that things are changing, for the better. I really hope for this to be just the start of major growth in the field as our population is not showing any signs of slowing down. In other words, there will always be many moms/parents in need of community and support, and I sure am happy to be one of those resources.
- Address: 27001 La Paz Rd Suite 348
Mission Viejo, CA, 92691
- Website: www.mymohm.com
- Phone: 949.427.8702
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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