arch conversations #2: Jasmine Chong

Jasmine is a fitness instructor, dog mom, an entrepreneur, a true friend and a kindred soul. We spent an afternoon with her at Barre Lab east and discussed her fears, challenges and how to move forward when stuck in a mental block

Hi jasmine, what do you do?

Hi! I am a business owner. I run Lab Studios which is a brand portfolio holding two brands -Yoga Lab and Barre Lab. On top of running and managing the studios, I also teach both yoga and barre at all our locations. At home, I am a slave to my 11 year old Pomeranian!

How did you get here?

It was a leap of faith. I was in banking for a number of years before deciding I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I have always loved yoga and loved teaching yoga and for awhile it was the only thing I look forward to doing in the work week. Teaching yoga was the only thing keeping me sane. So I up and left my banking job without any back up plan.

Doors started opening for me to teach full time and I jumped on that opportunity — I took it as taking a sabbatical from the corporate world. And like metaphysical gravity, I knew this was what I wanted to pursue after only doing it full time for a week.

2 years into teaching full time I opened my first studio — Yoga Lab. Fast forward 3 years, we now have 2 brands and 6 locations all over Singapore!

What does being an entrepreneur mean to you?

It means to be a servant leader not only to my team, my students but also myself. To lead by asking, ‘How can I help you today?’ And thereafter find it within myself to not give up, dig deeper within in order to discover the purpose of this journey.

What are some challenges that you face?

I find it the most challenging to stay vulnerable and to remaining completely balanced and authentic. I’m constantly finding the discipline to trust my gut, stay true to my purpose, cause or belief. 

Who are some of your heroes?

My father; for being the kindest yet most badass leader I know.

Betty; for believing in me and standing up for me when I can’t find the reason or strength to stand up for myself.  

Any advice for people out there who feel stagnant in life?

You don’t have to have it all figured out to take the next step. Sometimes the beauty is in not knowing and just enjoying the journey. If you find yourself in a dark place; just keep walking. That negative space you are in is not your home; it is temporary. You are not meant to stay there; you are meant to walk through it and walk out of it.