My skill set and capacity gained in previous careers informs how I
co-lead my yoga studio, @sacredchillwest. The learning curve is steep in
some places. I also work with knowledgeable accountants, a mindful
business coach, and another studio consultant who has owned six studios.
I say this to say that I invest on the yoga and business side of doing
my work- continually.
I am learning how to sustain and grow a yoga studio. I don’t mentor people in that area.
I have 13 years of experience teaching yoga in many capacities: part time, full time, in my own studio, as a respected trainer, a retreat leader, festival presenter, and in a plethora of other spaces. I know the layers of what it means to teach yoga and carve out your own unique offerings as a teacher. I understand what it means to start with the resources you have. I do mentor yoga teachers along that path- the contours of that journey are set in my bones.
If someone is saying they can give you advice on how to open a yoga studio + run one, ask some basic questions:
Do they have a website for their studio/ a place that you can gleam more about their work and the impact of it?
How long have they been in business?
Some follow up questions: Who is their teacher, mentor and/or coach? I
believe every Teacher needs a Teacher. Every Mentor needs a Mentor.
Every Coach needs a Coach.
Do they have verifiable and working social handles for their business?
Who are their students and what do their students have to say about their experience?
Yoga teachers. Let us be discerning in who we invite into our visions,
goals, and dreams. Ask questions of people who are posting the most and
being the loudest on some of the support groups and entrepreneurial
online spaces that we participate in. Research who folk are and their
work- dig deeper.
In our hunger to reach more people, share work we love, and create in a way that is sustainable + honors the effort we put into training and being a student/teacher of yoga- let us not grasp for the microwave & a quick way to satisfy our deepest desires.
Or as my Memaaw would say, “don’t fall for no wooden nickels.” The short cut is the longest way in this work, ya’ll.