Meet Meera Watts, the founder of Siddhi Yoga which is based in Singapore. They offer a holistic environment to transform lives through yoga practices, meditation, and the goodness of Ayurveda. She has worked with students in over 60+ countries and has eight years of experience in this field.
Siddhi Yoga provides online classes, training sessions and courses to help every student live their best life when it comes to fitness and healthcare. She is also known around the world for thought leadership in the wellness industry and was recognized as a Top 20 International Yoga Blogger.
Her writing on holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, and other international magazines.
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We are thrilled to have you join us today, welcome to ValiantCEO Magazine’s exclusive interview! Let’s start off with a little introduction. Tell our readers a bit about yourself and your company.
Meera Watts: I’m Meera Watts, the founder of Siddhi Yoga. Siddhi Yoga is made to teach students a better way of living life with the help of yoga. This premier institute of Yoga provides meditation courses, yoga courses as well as teachings of Ayurveda. Other than students, we also offer yoga teacher training, retreats and workshops in some of East Asia like Rishikesh (India), also known as the Place of Sages and Bali (Indonesia). You can also find online meditation, yoga courses and Ayurveda guides on our website. It is helping thousands of people all around the world in transforming their life.
2020 and 2021 threw a lot of curve balls into business on a global scale. Based on the experience gleaned in the past couple years, how can businesses thrive in 2022? What lessons have you learned?
Meera Watts: I’ve learned that you have to be open to unexpected things. Sometimes what we plan is not something that always happens. No matter how hard you work on it. 2020 and 2021 have been a very rough period for the majority of the businesses. Everything got shut down. Well, for 2022, I think most of us have learned the lesson that you have to be very prepared for unforeseen situations as they can arise anytime.
The pandemic seems to keep on disrupting the economy, what should businesses focus on in 2022? What advice would you share?
Meera Watts: I think by now businesses have known that shifting things online is extremely important if they want to grow their business. There is no one thing but two things that are equally important for all the business according to me. The first is customer satisfaction. And secondly, shifting workspace online. If a business is focusing on these two things, there is no need for thinking anything else. As long as the business is reaching the audience, it’s good. This leads to customer satisfaction and ultimately growth.
How has the pandemic changed your industry and how have you adapted?
Meera Watts: Teaching yoga was always a physical thing to do until the pandemic. Being in the healthcare sector, teaching students meditation and yoga in an open environment was always our passion. Thanks to the pandemic, it shifted us all to four walls. Gladly, it didn’t take us much time to connect back with our students through virtual sessions. We also have our sessions and workshops which helped us a lot to remain connected with the students and teachers. Also, since more and more people are becoming health conscious, it gave us an opportunity to grow our business to the next level.
What advice do you wish you received when the pandemic started and what do you intend on improving in 2022?
Meera Watts: “Things will work out, you just have to find a way.” This line is something I’ve always repeated in my mind since the pandemic started. And it did work out. In the initial period, we as a team were very anxious due to sudden changes but slowly and steadily it all came back to normal.
When it comes to 2022. I know that no matter what challenges comes again, we will face them to find a way. 2020 and 2021 might be a struggle but an inspiration too.
Online business surged higher than ever, B2B, B2C, online shopping, virtual meetings, remote work, Zoom medical consultations, what are your expectations for 2022?
Meera Watts: I think slowly but steady, things again are getting back to normal. Work from home is not going anywhere as it’s convenient for both the employees and the company but according to me, businesses are going to adopt the pattern of hybrid work.
How many hours a day do you spend in front of a screen?
Meera Watts: I spend usually 10-12 hours in front of the screen. Being a mom and a wife, it’s important for me to take out time for my family as well. Hence, I try to give priority to my family and work both.
The majority of executives use stories to persuade and communicate in the workplace. Can you share with our readers examples of how you implement that in your business to communicate effectively with your team?
Meera Watts: We hold meetings every day in the morning for fifteen to twenty minutes to see the progress of the work and where it’s stuck. This helps us all to come up with ideas and communicate as well as remain connected.
Business is all about overcoming obstacles and creating opportunities for growth. What do you see as the real challenge right now?
Meera Watts: Since the healthcare sector has begun to gain so many competitors, this is going to be a tad bit challenging for us. Although, we serve our customers the best of service and have loyal customers from all around the world. But coming up with new ideas and creativity is extremely important to stay in the business and achieve growth.
In 2022, what are you most interested in learning about? Crypto, NFTs, online marketing, or any other skill sets? Please share your motivations.
Meera Watts: I want to learn marketing in 2022. Since online marketing is extremely important for any growing business, especially in this generation. Also, I find marketing extremely interesting. Hence, I would love to learn how to do online marketing.
A record 4.4 million Americans left their jobs in September in 2021, accelerating a trend that has become known as the Great Resignation. 47% of people plan to leave their job during 2022. Most are leaving because of their boss or their company culture. 82% of people feel unheard, undervalued and misunderstood in the workplace. Do you think leaders see the data and think “that’s not me – I’m not that boss they don’t want to work for? What changes do you think need to happen?
Meera Watts: Self-reflection is the key to facing this time. To keep the employees happy, hearing their perspectives and valuing them is necessary. This doesn’t only keep the workspace positive but the employees are also happy and energetic towards the work. If the leaders look into themselves for what habits to keep and what they need to change just like self-analysis, most things will come into place.
On a lighter note, if you had the ability to pick any business superpower, what would it be and how would you put it into practice?
Meera Watts: Speed is one superpower I would like to pick when it comes to business. Since time is limited, I wish I could have turned my work into a speedy mode to complete it in no time. I love to work and spend time with my family but sometimes being productive isn’t enough to complete all the tasks before time. Hence, speed would have given me that ultimate boost to get more things done.
What does “success” in 2022 mean to you? It could be on a personal or business level, please share your vision.
Meera Watts: I’ll define success as fulfillment. I always love to serve our clients. And it gives me immense satisfaction. When they’re fulfilled, it’s a feeling beyond joy. And same goes for my personal life. Seeing my family healthy and happy makes me feel fulfilled. Hence, fulfilment!
Jerome Knyzsewski, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Meera Watts for taking the time to do this interview and share her knowledge and experience with our readers.
If you would like to get in touch with Meera Watts or her company, you can do it through her – Linkedin Page
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