It has been about three weeks since getting back from my 200 hour yoga teacher training. Since my return, I’ve been putting my heart and soul into this yoga thing. As much as I can anyway. Because yoga definitely isn’t paying the bills yet, I’ve been working for friends and anyone else willing to help me out in exchange for a particular service. I’ve done a lot of dog walking/sitting and house cleaning/organizing. It’s cool because it gives me a little break from the yoga on my mind all the time mentality that can be fun but also creatively exhausting. It’s weird transitioning something you love into something that could be your next career.
If you’re a new yoga teacher attempting to make your way into this business, I want to share a few resources that have 100% helped me make moves and motivated me to keep at it. They have inspired new ideas and potential business endeavors. I want to share because the yoga hustle is so real and we all need to support each other.
Resource 1: Yoga Anatomy Academy (ONLINE COURSES)
This website is incredible for refreshing your brain over the massive amount of anatomy you may have learned in your teacher training. She breaks the anatomy topic down simply and then puts it into the context of yoga, usually with poses that directly relate. I struggled with the anatomy part of my training so this is so helpful to keep learning and not run away from topics that don’t come easily. This is a recent article she posted – Posterior Chain Awakens: 5 Poses to Overcome Yoga Butt. Have a quick read and see what you learned!
Bonus content: She also does online mentorship and courses. Her classes are dedicated to helping new yoga teachers plan and succeed in their careers. I took one course called How to Jump Start Your Yoga Career and it was really good! She broke down all the aspects of putting together a yoga resume and the course was filled with so many helpful hints about getting started. She broke down the yoga teaching numbers game as well and showed HOW you could make a living off teaching yoga.
I’ve made it a point to be present at the studios I love to try and connect with the teachers and managers. If perfect timing isn’t in my favor that day, I’ll send a quick e-mail about how I enjoyed the class and send them my yoga resume. I’ve received super good feedback about my resume and almost all the studios I contacted have asked to meet and arrange potential sub positions. I put many of the tips I got from the above course into practice, and it’s definitely coming together for me.
Resource #2: Shut Up & Yoga (BLOG)
First off, the illustrations on this blog are so much fun to look at, so that’s one reason I adore going to this site, but I also really enjoy the content. This blog gets real about the yoga teaching world and all it’s contradictions. Seasoned yoga teachers share their struggles and lessons learned, usually with a humorous and light hearted twist. There are book reviews, tips, tricks and just hilarious articles. They also touch on controversial topics in the yoga world, like to teach or not to teach headstand, why or why not. TWO recent article I enjoyed was How To Use Instagram the Yogic Way and Tips and Tools for New Yoga Teachers.
I think it’s easy to become a “serious” yoga teacher, but this site is a great reminder to insert humor and laughter into your yoga. Because ” your yoga” is really an all day everyday thing, not just those 60 minutes on the mat a few days a week. Yoga is about your people, community and building your self-awareness. This site helps me not take yoga too seriously and demonstrates that we all experience “our yoga” so differently.
Resource #3: Support & Strategy For Yoga Teachers (PODCAST)
Not only is this a fabulous podcast, but there is also a Facebook group associated with it called Elevate, where teachers around the world give advice and inspiration to other teachers basically every single day. Francesca (the host) does an amazing job at addressing a huge variety of topics on the podcast. Many of them are interview style with another experienced yoga teacher with a particular specialty. She also gives awesome basic yoga teacher advice because she’s been teaching for awhile. I love her mantra of “inquiry” and to approach each class and client with open curiosity. Her 7 Ways To Be A More Confident Yoga Teacher was exactly what I needed as I prepare to teach my first class.
I find it so helpful and motivating to listen to others talk about their yoga journey and what brought them to practice, teach, and how they arrived to their speciality/business. I think the conversations are enriching, informative and remind me that my path will reveal itself slowly. The best thing to do is simply teach, keep learning, and say yes to opportunity.
Resource #4: YouTube. (VIDEOS) Here are all my favorite yoga flows.
YouTube is a great resource for building flows or getting inspired. For example if you need guidance on how to safely sequence students into crow pose, do an online class to see what poses are used. Every individual teacher has a totally unique style and voice, so even if you snag a posture series from another teacher, you’re going to deliver it differently by inserting your own personality. Use YouTube for times when you’re lost for prep poses or you’re interested in incorporating a new style of yoga into your teachings. This is how I discovered “mandala” flows, which is when you flow in all directions around the mat.
Sometimes it’s also so freaking nice to go back to being a student. Doing this on a regular basis for a quick 20-30 minute flow has been a wonderful break from thinking so much about yoga, which has been inevitable as I begin to turn yoga into a career.
Resource #5: Books NOT about yoga but self improvement. (READINGS)
- You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth
- The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations
- The Essential Rumi, New Edition
- The Alchemist
When you think too much on one topic, you WILL run out of steam and creativity. Self improvement books are typically filled with motivating quotes or sections devoted to building confidence, finding your truth, rules to live by, etc. Very very yoga. Keep a running list of those books that pop up in your life. Have one by your bed before you go to sleep. Maybe even journal for a few minutes to reflect on what’s ruminating in the mind. Doing this just a few times a week keeps the ideas churning. Make sure to have a pen and paper nearby too when brilliance strikes.
Each and everyone of us has our own baggage, our own shit. Our fears hold us back and it’s common we know exactly what they are, but we struggle with how to approach overcoming them. Sometimes we need a push, wise words, and professional guidance. Books are great at this. We get through them at our own pace and they usually fall into our laps at the most perfect times. They serve us in such personal ways, I can never get enough!
Being the new yoga teacher in town ain’t easy. But nothing ever really is. I like to think that if I take one or more steps in the direction of my goals every day, then I’m doing well. I want to be a fun, encouraging yoga teacher. I hope to inspire people to take their yoga practice #offthemat and into everyday life. I truly feel these resources are helping me accomplish that and I hope this post helps you in your yoga teacher path as well.
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XO + OM