Advice from a Yoga Studio owner to New Teachers: Set your Intention

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Congratulations on getting certified to teach yoga! That is a big first step. Take a deep, long inhale, and be proud of your achievement. Take a big breath in…and as you exhale, feel that it’s’ time to share all that you know.

I am the General Manager of two studios in San Diego that serve over 1,000 yogis each week. We only encounter the best teachers who are truly interested in spreading the benefits that yoga has to offer.

It is this motivation that drives them to stand in front of the group. Of course, the bills must be paid, and it is important to do so.

WHY Do You Teach Yoga?

Don’t forget your original reasons for trying out yoga. What was it that led you to yoga? What was your motivation to become a teacher?

I’d guess that the majority of teachers are motivated by the personal changes they have witnessed as a result. You already know yoga is effective. You want to tell others about it.

Where do you begin? How? You will not be successful in your work if you do not find teaching yoga fulfilling.

What is the importance of material compensation?

You should ask yourself if you are looking for material compensation. You may already have a job and not need to get paid for the classes you teach every week. This can lead to a variety of opportunities.

If you’re looking to earn money as a teacher, it is important to be realistic. Determine how much money you will need by examining your finances. You will find this information invaluable when you begin the next step.

According to the 2016 Yoga in America Study conducted by Yoga Journal & Yoga Alliance, 65 percent of yoga instructors teach part-time (less than 10 hours per week). Those who teach full-time can schedule their classes in many different ways.

We have more than 30 teachers in San Diego. Some are employees, and others are independent contractors. We limit independent contractors’ classes to three per week. Some have other jobs, while others work at different studios to get the hours needed to support themselves.

Some of our employees are working full-time. Some of our employees teach eight classes per week and spend 10-20 hours each week working at the front desk. You have many options depending on what you want to do.

Create a vision board or write in a journal to be clear about your intention. Create a vision or journal to be able to express your intentions clearly.

Tell the Universe that you are passionate about yoga. Be specific in your vision. For example, full-time, part-time, group classes, or private lessons. Also, include populations and environments that you would like to teach. Take every opportunity to practice and keep your personal practice constant.

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