We had the good fortune of connecting with Bobbi Hamilton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bobbi, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think the statement “no risk no reward” holds much truth. At some point you’ve got to take the leap, either you’re in or you’re out. I think the decision to take the next step should first come with a build up of knowledge or practice, and the secret ingredient I believe is visualization. When you take the leap, can you see that destiny through to fruition with success?
I learned this skill as a springboard and 10 meter platform diver which led me to collegiate athletics at UC Berkeley. A new dive would mean you have to trust yourself to do something you’ve never done before. There is a lot of pain and possibly death if you don’t jump and completely go for it. We would practice that new dive in our minds over and over again first before taking it up onto the edge of the platform. Visualization is key, do you see yourself performing with success or failure? Your mindset will determine your outcome!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Chi Universe Yoga Mat & Game was born out of my love of teaching Yoga, I believe in the physical, mental, and emotional wellness effects! I invented the Chi Mat one day while teaching Yoga at a public library. One of my young students had a difficult time following instructions, so I ran to her mat and drew shapes on it to guide her positioning in order to prevent her from injuring herself. Her body was then in perfect position! So I followed through and designed Yoga mats based on the Principles of Alignment and anatomical averages, and at the requests of moms who needed confidence in their body alignment, I created different sizes to fit kids and adults which makes for the sweetest playtime family yoga bonding. The Chi Mat comes with a double sided how-to poster, free game app, and a card deck to facilitate both at-home independent learning and group play.
The Chi Mat symbol system not only properly aligns the body, it has also become a universal language and reached more than 20 countries. Our sites are set on creating greater wellbeing around the world with our new initiative, Global Wellness Through Play!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Of course I’d invite them to do Yoga on one of my favorite beaches. I have several favorite organic vegan restaurants I adore including Eve Encintas, Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla, and Cafe Gratitude in Little Italy. I’m a huge fan of Lofty Coffee! I’d take a friend to a spa day at Four Seasons Aviara, a sunset walk at Hotel Del, and music at the racetrack, Belly up, downtown or on a yacht, there are always great music events to discover in San Diego!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My first investors took a big risk on me, and I’m forever grateful to them! Every person who wrote me a check said, I’m not investing in your business, I’m investing in you. They breathed great confidence into me, and that’s what I needed as a start up entrepreneur.
I could not have built a company without the support of my community! I’ve taught for a number of Fours Seasons, as well as private households and executives – who have given me great business advice along the way. Celebrities and Athletes have promoted Chi Universe purely out of goodwill because they love Yoga and want to share the wellness effects with their kids. We’ve garnered a lot of great press, largely from parents who have seen their child interact with the Chi Mat & Game.
Other: Please join me for a free online Chi Yoga Class. I will be teaching LIVE to celebrate the launch of our initiative Global Wellness Through Play on June 12th at 11am pdt for Global Wellness Day! You can sign up to receive class details via email through our website ChiUniverse.com.
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