When you finish training to become a yoga teacher, the first obstacle you are faced with is finding a job. Whether it’s in your home town, for a small group of people and close ones, or at a big studio out in the city, it can be a challenge if you don’t prepare for it. With the increasing number of people that seem to want to teach yoga nowadays, it takes initiative, ingenuity and a couple of tips to launch a successful yoga teaching career.
You’ve most likely got the first two. Now take a look at the following tips:
1. Start teaching immediately
It may seem sudden, but the sooner you start practicing, the easier it’ll be to tackle a class full of students. Start with a close family member or friend – it doesn’t have to be a whole group of people. Develop your routine, and most important of all, cultivate your voice, for it’ll be a very important tool in your classes. Not only will it provide your students with the instructions for a set of poses, but it’ll escort them into a place of peace and trust. Try the following exercise: have a close friend close their eyes and use your voice and only your voice as guide to execute a certain pose. If there is any difficulty in their execution, evaluate your guidance. Are you providing clear enough instructions? You can opt to adjust them to make your routine easier to follow.
Whoever you decide to teach, and whatever your routine is, it is always good to get into the rhythm of teaching on a regular basis. When the opportunity of mentoring a group of students presents itself, you will be ready.
2. Sometimes it’s good to stick to familiar things
After finishing your training, you might be compelled to teach at the studio you’ve practiced in. This is not uncommon…it is the place you’ve spent most of your time practicing and learning in, and you feel comfortable in it. You know people there who have put their faith in you and who’ve helped you succeed. Why not pursue your yoga teaching career there? You might even be able to negotiate a space and a time slot with the owner. No place like home!
3.Don’t let opportunities pass
Maybe the studio or the gym are not for you. Maybe your schedule is too tight to adapt to a certain time slot, or maybe you’ve seen people around you in need of some yoga. Whatever the case may be, there are plenty of yoga studios waiting to happen out there! An office, an old deposit or a public place like a park or a green patch on your backyard, a yoga class can take place anywhere. A quick e-mail to your co-workers or neighbors and you’ll have the perfect chance to interact with a select group of new students. When you’re new at this endeavor, it can be helpful to start with a small group of people. It’ll allow you to tend to your student’s specific needs a lot better and who knows, maybe you’ll meet long-lasting yoga peers and students along the way!
4. Recruit beginners
While Yoga beginners rely on you to get through yoga practice safely and feeling good about it, an intimidating responsibility, they have few presumptions of what a class should be like and tend to be open about it. This will make acquiring confidence in what you’re offering to them a lot easier. It is about stablishing mutual support. It is also one of the fastest ways to improve your skills is voicing instructions to a group that has not previously received any.
5. Always teach towards a goal
Teaching yoga is something you invest a lot of energy and training into, and what you offer, regardless of your experience, has value. Standing by this does not always mean charging market rate, but it is important to expect something in return. There are yoga programs designed to remove the financial barriers of yoga. Students decide how much to pay, and pay with anything from art, poems and other valuable things that often proved to be more filling the just money or goods. What started as a social experiment and a yoga teaching experience, became much more spiritual than it was intended to be and is now a widely accepted practice.
6. Know what you’re getting yourself into, the “whys” then the “hows”
Becoming a good yoga teacher won’t take place overnight. You’ll have to work to acquire skills, wisdom and to be an inspiration to others. You’ll have to be patient, dedicated to never stop learning and open up to your students. Listening to their needs will go a long way.