People often ask me about this: how DID I end up teaching yoga as my full-time profession, and how have I sustained that career for almost a decade, in the face of all the talk on the inter webs about how you can’t make a living teaching yoga.
This time, Rosalyn Lim (remember her from that post about Warrior Pose?) was asking how I got started teaching. Yes, I take blog requests. I WELCOME them – writing five posts a week can be challenging when you don’t know what people want to read about, so keep the requests up!
I’ve written before about how I came to be a yoga teacher, and how that made me unemployable (dammit!).
That was my start.
I continue because I really love what I do, and, even though I have meltdowns from time to time, I can’t imagine doing anything else with my days. And yes, I make a decent living. I am working on my personal sh*t, which is what gets in the way of most small businesses succeeding.
Ever since I’ve been in business, it’s been increasingly important for me to do this: get OUT of my own way.
My advice for newbie yoga teachers looking to start teaching?
Action cures fear.
- Decide what kind of a teacher you want to be right now: what style of yoga? what times do you want to teach at? how many classes a week?
- Prepare a CV as you would when looking for any other job, and be professional about your self presentation. Make no mistake, this is a profession, more and more as time passes.
- Get your name out there, to all the studios & gyms, start subbing for people, and soon you will have your own classes!
- Once you are teaching a few classes, you can begin to map out what you need in terms of continuing education, and in terms of planning whether you want to make this beloved thing of yours a full time job. DO NOT rush into things – that will create instability (most likely in your income) and ultimately, that is not the way to prepare for success. Baby steps
Hope that helps, and questions, just ask xx