Back in 2005 my husband and I were both getting very involved in yoga. Although we weren’t going to classes at a local studio we were diligently practicing at home with DVDs. We both happened to like a particular Rodney Yee video the best and we ended up quibbling over who gets to take it when one of us had to travel for business. Yes, I know we could have easily bought a second copy, but instead my husband drew himself a cheat sheet representing the entire routine. He had all the poses drawn up using adorable little stick figures. I just loved this cheat sheet so much. I couldn’t get over how cute his stick figures were and I said, “I have to do something with those yoga dudes.” Within a couple months of that statement our first yoga dudes were brought to life. We took 6 of those pose sketches and redrew them in a CAD program. From there we visited a local machine shop and had the figures cut out of stainless steel to make the yoga pose earrings. I couldn’t help but to call them “YogaDudes.” And after receiving such positive response from the earrings, the products and hence the company grew to offer many more cute yoga accessories. The name just sort of stuck.
YogaDudes started out with those 6 stainless steel earring poses. The two dimensional stick figure artwork was redrawn using CAD/CAM software and the original stainless steel pieces were cut on a CNC wire EDM machine. Each one sanded and assembled by hand. The business grew to offer many more products including clothing and other pieces of jewelry and, in fact, it grew to the point where I could no longer handle it as a hobby. In 2014 I closed the online shop and it remains on a hiatus.
Over the years, along with keeping busy creating products and running the online store I also managed to get my yoga teaching certification. This brought me so much joy and personal satisfaction. Sharing some of my wisdom about yoga and fitness is where my heart is so in lieu of the online store this site will just focus on content generation for the time being.
I hope you enjoy the topics and would love to hear from you with any comments or product suggestions.
Paula Apro, YogaDudes Creator, Certified Yoga Instructor