Q & A with Nat Narrison, founder of well&tight
Why did you decide to start your own business?
Once I had my second baby, I made the very difficult decision to leave my very rewarding and equally demanding corporate marketing job at Nike. My intention was to be fully committed to staying home with both my children. That lasted all of 2 months before I knew I needed more. While I was at Nike I was always so inspired by the master trainers we hired to run our training events and decided to start pursuing various movement certifications and see if I could teach as a release and break from being a full time mom. Spin, Barre, Yoga, Pilates, Inferno, Nutrition…I became a sponge regarding movement and wanted to understand how to use it to provide both a physical and mental release in our bodies. I taught for over a year for free. I rented studio space and I hosted classes in my backyard. I did whatever I could to practice teach and better understand how movement affected all bodies. I layered on a nutrition and Vitality program because I know how important these elements have been for me to maintain my weight and feel whole again. The classes grew organically with amazing women from various Etobicoke communities coming together to find release and new strength together. well&tight was born from this organic growth and we continue to grow with no limits in sight.
What is the philosophy at well&tight?
well&tight is on a mission to help women become their best potential self. We are a dedicated community focused on helping each other achieve long term wellness, fitness and vitality goals. All of our efforts are grounded in self study, body awareness and mindfulness to help women uncover new possibility.
What kind of classes do you offer?
Our training philosophy is rooted in the belief that exercise is a celebration of what our body is capable of and not a punishment for what we ate. We motivate and inspire women to move often and in many ways. All of our classes offer a wide variety of training to help maximize her potential and explore new possibilities within. Each class is very challenging and we always allow room for modifications so all levels feel empowered to gain new strength one class at a time. We encourage women to push beyond their limits uncover transformative growth within the discomfort. Tight Barre, Inferno Pilates, Tight Yoga Flow, SAOR and Tight Sweat. All the class descriptions are on our website at: http://www.wellandtight.com/class-descriptions
Are there additional services offered by well&tight?
We regularly host workshops to educate and strengthen your core/pelvic floor, restorative yoga to find balance between the mind/body/soul, as well as self-study sessions to help unearth limiting patterns and beliefs that are holding you back. All of our trainers are women within the community looking to be of service to others after exploring their own desires to motivate and inspire through movement. We offer a Teacher Training program to ensure each trainer has personally completed a comprehensive journey of self-study and reflection before offering to be for others. We regularly offer kids yoga to provide mom’s with an opportunities to encourage activities with their little ones while they take their own class. Launching this fall we have Immersive Weekends planned where we retreat to Muskoka for 3 days to hold space for transformative growth together. More details can be found here: http://www.wellandtight.com/programs
What is the most rewarding part of running your own company?
Connection. I have met so many incredible women in this community that I would not have known without well&tight. I have learned how to be vulnerable (very hard for me before I started well&tight) and love seeing the response. Vulnerability truly is a bridge to connection and when we open our hearts to others, we can see that we are all the same. We face the same hardships together and through movement we can find release, freedom and joy together. It’s incredible to watch and see. There will always be stress in my life, running my own business allows it to be a happier and more joyful stress.
What advice would you give to other women who are considering opening their own businesses?
I have encountered so many incredible women in this community who are looking for more. Many women like myself who have felt a shift after starting a family. A deep desire to focus on what fuels them and connect back in with a passion that was put on hold when responsibilities piled up. I always tell them the same thing. Just do it. Ironic and yet so much truth to these 3 words. Don’t look at the big picture and everything that’s needed. Simply surrender to your path and take the first step. Believe that you can. And then the next step. And before you know it, you are running your business instead of stuck at the same desk that makes you so miserable today. What’s the worst that could happen? You could try and go right back to where you are today. That doesn’t seem so bad. So ask yourself what step can I take today that will get me a little closer to my deepest desire and then leap. Because if not now, when?