Why Yoga Teachers Should Write a Mission Statement

Mission Statements for Yoga Teachers
The value of writing a mission statement for yoga teachers

Why do you teach yoga?   We all have our own reasons for pursuing the teaching path with our own unique set of qualities and skills to offer.  A mission statement is a concise, descriptive statement of our own personal vision that details, in a few lines, why we teach.

Often used by businesses to describe what they stand for and do for their customers, a mission statement is a useful tool for yoga teachers.  It is a distillation of the qualities, values and talents you have and summarizes what you and your yoga teaching has to offer.

A mission statement is a concise, descriptive statement of our own personal vision that details, in a few lines, why we teach.

To start, simply list your personal strengths and qualities.  Be honest, but not modest, as you note down your skills.  Doesn’t need to be too spiritual or profound, just who you are.  Perhaps you are welcoming and sensitive to the needs of others with a great sense of humor thrown in.

Next, consider your core values.  You may want to inspire and create a sense of community.  Or, perhaps you are eager to support those with health issues and feel it is important to give back to others.

Choice of 3 PDF Mission Statements from etsy store yogaskinnystudio
Available to download from etsy store yogaskinnystudio

Evaluate your reasons for teaching and the unique combination of qualities and skills that make you, you.  Jot down your responses to these points in list format first and then summarize into your personalized mission statement.

For example, for our fictional yoga instructor…..

  • Energetic, loyal & reliable
  • Core values are building community & making a difference to the health and wellbeing of others.
  • Teaches because she/he is passionate about the benefits of yoga for all levels of student.
  • Approachable and tends to laugh about life with a positive outlook.

Based on this brief list of facts a mission statement might read something like this…

“My mission is to……..share the benefits of yoga with others and be part of a growing and supportive community that is inclusive and caring.  By teaching with creativity and humor I want to connect with and inspire others to practice and develop the skills to embrace the highs and lows of life”.

Once written, keep your mission statement close to hand as a source of inspiration and motivation on those off days and refer to it frequently.  Making regular updates and tweak your statement over time to ensure that it still aligns with your values and beliefs.

…keep your mission statement close to hand as a source of inspiration and motivation on those off days and refer to it frequently.

Grab a notebook and pen and start working on your mission statement or take a look at yogaskinny’s  mission statement template available at yogaskinnystudio’s etsy store 

 

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Book Review – Living Your Yoga by Judith Hanson Lasater

Classic yoga text Living your Yoga
Living Your Yoga – Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life

You can often see how well loved and referred to a book is by the number of post it tabs that fan from its pages.   There are many like this on my own yoga bookshelf and one of the most liberally sticky noted books I own is ‘Living Your Yoga’ by Judith Hanson Lasater.

This relatively short book packs a punch in its 170 or so pages dedicated to the spiritual aspects of yoga in our lives as opposed to the physical practices that we often associate with yoga in the West.  This book is more of a ‘work in’ than a ‘work out’.

Broken up into three parts of seven chapters, Living Your Yoga is a practical, easy to read book that digs in to ‘finding the spiritual in everyday life’.

Living your Yoga
Living Your Yoga by Judith Hanson Lasater

Part One focuses on awareness of ‘Yoga within Yourself’ made up of seven chapters including discipline, self judgement and courage.  Part Two ‘Yoga & Relationships’ examines yoga with regard to personal relationships discussing topics like compassion and control while the third and final part embraces ‘Yoga in the World’ with chapters such as service and love.

Living Your Yoga is a practical, easy to read book that digs in to ‘finding the spiritual in everyday life’.

In each individual chapter Judith Lasater presents essays discussing the topic inspired by the classic yogic texts of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita.  Her essays are easy to read and relate to and offer achievable practice suggestions along with a handful of mantras to support your own practice.

My personal, well used copy of Living your Yoga is a constant ‘go to’ and full of post it tabs, notes and underlining.  I dip into the pages regularly for my own dose of yoga inspiration and have found it to be an invaluable reference for class preparation.

Open book of Living your Yoga by Judith Hanson Lasater
Well used pages of Living Your Yoga

I can’t recommend this book enough for its easy to relate to content and down to earth presentation that is accessible to any level of yoga practitioner whether a beginner or a seasoned teacher.  The gifting time of year is upon us so why not give yourself a gift?

 

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Create a Simple Vision Board for 2018

Vision board
Create a vision board for 2018

If you’ve been looking at pinterest lately (and frankly who hasn’t?) then you will have noticed the popularity of vision boards.  Often incorporated into a journaling routine, vision boarding is a way of creating inspiration and visualization for the life you want.  As we fast approach a New Year now is the perfect time to create a vision board for 2018.

Vision boards don’t need to be complicated and are easily created.  Try not to be precious about producing a finished board and think of it as a work in progress.  Even if you start with just a couple of images you can always revise and add to your board over time.

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Hand Made Gift Ideas for the Yogi in Your Life

wrapped Christmas gift
…is it a yoga block? (Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash)

The holidays are a sneaking up on us already and its time to get going with those gift lists  but what do you give that yoga loving loved one in your life?

Here are a few ideas from Etsy, the ultimate handmade gift resource, for beautifully crafted gifts that would compliment any yogi’s practice.

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7 Reasons Why I’m Happy to be a Middle Aged Yogi….

yoga for middle age, middle aged yoga, menopause, yoga and self care,
7 reasons I’m happy to be a middle aged yogi

As a yogi embracing the middle years there are many yoga trends I’m happy to let pass me by.  Here are 7 of them…


  • Any yoga class that has been heated to a temperature worthy of an industrial laundry.  My own body creates that heat spontaneously so why would I consider turning up the temperature…..on purpose?

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