"Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. "
- Alexander Pope
Yoga is an exercise, a discipline and a science that helps to harmonize the mind, body and spirit. Yoga is associated with balance, mindfulness and inner peace. A yoga instructor not only teaches various yoga postures and breathing techniques (pranayama), but also acts as your guide to help you reach eternal harmony.
Yoga is a great career choice as it is an ancient art and a natural way of remaining fit and healthy. It also helps in improving mental and physical health. Once you start practicing as a profession, one of the great ironies of running a yoga business may lie in the audience itself. While it offers a passionate, involved consumer base that most small businesses only dream of, it also violates the age-old axiom about keeping business and personal interests separate since most yoga business owners are also practitioners themselves.
Starting Up Small
When yoga teachers start moving ahead in their careers, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a studio. A small business with potential for growth. Make your studio a sacred space where everyone is welcome and received like a dear friend. Create an atmosphere that is warm, inviting, and inclusive to all. Create a balanced schedule, with different levels and styles placed together and similar classes placed apart. Be clear about what you want to offer and the vision you have for your business. Create different session timings for different age group, as the age group below 14 years needed to different then rest.
Be dedicated to what you offer and admit a limit number of student. This will help you guide the students well and give attention equally.
Investment and Location
Take into consideration the funds you have and invest them rightly in the studio. This option comes with far more responsibilities that include rent and utility expenses, managing staff, and assuring that your place of business adheres. If not consider a small space you can make at home and start with small group of students. This saves the immediate cost of the rent to be paid every month. Add pictures, flow charts and props that adds to the authenticity of the studio. Make the use of sunlight and airy ventilation to the maximum to create the right mood. This will help to create a fresh and positive impact. Take outdoor once a week, change in place gives a new direction towards consistent practice.
Find your Niche; Narrow your vision.
Retreats! On-demand classes! Workshops! Conferences! There are so many things yoga teachers can offer—but you can’t do them all. We see so many teachers try to do so many things, and a lot of those things are not in alignment with what they want to see for themselves. Defining your vision helps you narrow down where to put your energy and go after it. “The more you can crystalize your intention of what you want to create for yourself, the more you can manifest.
Built a Base
One of the crucial tips for starting a yoga studio is to build a loyal following. To do so, you should explore the current pool of your students. Treat them in the best possible way by attending them personally when they face a problem in learning the difficult yoga asanas correctly. Try to build a relationship and rapport with your students and talk to them individually.
Various options other than Studio
Yoga instructors are on an increasing demand at yoga centres, health spas and gyms. Even corporate sector has noticed the benefits of yoga and has called for routines customised by yoga teachers especially for the sector. Personal one-on-one classes are also becoming a popular option. There are also chances of employment in TV channels where regular yoga shows are broadcasted.
Yoga therapist are also on the demand today as a medium to learn to control or cure ailments through the practice. There are yoga asanas which can bring relief to specific body ailments or pains.
Yoga teachers can earn from Rs.10,000 up to Rs.30,000 per month by taking group classes. Personal classes for individuals/celebrities pay much better, especially if you’ve created a reputation for yourself among clients. Working at spa’s is also a good option and one can start at Rs.15,000 approximately and with experience earn as much as Rs.80,000 per month. Yoga instructors who cater to two or three organizations in the corporate sector also earn around Rs.70,000 per month.
The bottom line is, combining your passion with your professional life is an exhilarating, rewarding experience. This help you maintain your fitness and keep your mind and body heath. It will also give you the joy of sharing yogic techniques and bringing a positive impact in this stressful lifestyle.