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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Hand Made Gift Ideas for the Yogi in Your Life

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…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….

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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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Building a Home Yoga Practice

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Building a Home Yoga Practice

Remember when you had your exams at school.  The paper was placed in front of you and you’d have a few moments to organize your pencils, eraser, ruler, calculator or whatever other items you needed.  Then you would open the paper, read through it and decide in a moment of panic that you don’t know the answers and then proceed to organize your stuff again.

It’s not dissimilar to starting a home practice.  You lay out your mat and stack your blocks.  Fold your blanket neatly and roll your yoga strap into a tidy coil.  You sit on your mat, take a breath and then say to yourself ‘now what?’ and go back to rearranging your props.

When you come across articles about home practice it often appears to involve a whole heap of organization and commitment to finding the right spot with the right amount of time and at the right time of day but the key to actually building a home practice starts with just doing it.

Simply roll out your mat or just find a space on the floor in a place you feel comfortable in.  It might be your spare bedroom, your kitchen, your balcony or your local park.  If you need them, place your props close to hand and then do the pose or the handful of poses that you know.  Just that.  It doesn’t have to be a fancy sequence full of clever flows and interesting series of inversions, twists and standing poses, it just needs to be a pose.  One pose repeated on both sides and there begins your home practice.

The biggest obstacle to a home practice is in your head.

Forget the need to reproduce what your favorite instructor or dvd does for an hour and simply step up and start.

It may be only five minutes squeezed in while a kettle boils or thirty minutes snatched in the evening in place of the TV show you would survive without seeing anyway.

If an active, physical practice doesn’t appeal try a relaxing restorative pose.  Restorative yoga offers a great deal of positive benefits and when practiced on a daily basis is as beneficial as a full on vinyasa flow sequence.

Here’s a suggestion on how to start……

  1. Say to yourself – today I’m going to spend ten minutes doing yoga.  Making the decision to do it is often the difficult bit
  1. Find a space or roll out your mat and step on to it.  A little effort involved here but don’t overthink it.  It will take a minute
  1. Do a pose you like or can easily remember.  Doesn’t have to be sophisticated – mountain pose (tadasana) or childs pose both work.  It’s still yoga.  There,  you’ve done it
  1. Step off the mat and repeat the next day.  Takes will power to commit to the next day but you know you can do it because you just did it!
  1. When the next day comes say to yourself – today I’m going to spend ten minutes doing yoga.  As step 1 and then repeat

The biggest obstacle to a home practice is in your head.  You’ll notice that the list starts and ends with the mental commitment and nothing more.

Every journey starts with the first step so make the decision, carve out the time no matter how small, roll out your mat and step on it!

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Thrive Global – ‘More than Living. Thriving.’

 

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According to recent research 81% of us now use a smartphone and time spent interacting with media on a phone, laptop, tablet or other digital device increases year on year.


We all know what a time drain anything to do with the internet can be and we’re all guilty of getting caught up wandering aimlessly online.  Even the most disciplined of us can get distracted by a well targeted article or advertisement.

Ironically, despite the digital help that is meant to simplify our lives, more and more of us a succumbing to a life of stress, anxiety and burnout.   There are not enough hours in the day.

Last week, Arianna Huffington (of the Huffington Post success) and author of bestselling books Thrive and The Sleep Revolution, launched her latest digital project, Thrive Global.  A digital resource to support you in living a balanced, healthy and inspired life.  The website tagline says it all – ‘More than living. Thriving.’

So, if we’re going to spend so much time online then we may as well be filling that time with quality content and learning how to make positive use out of all of the reams of information coming our way all day, every day.

‘when we prioritize our wellbeing, our decision making, our creativity, our productivity and our performance dramatically improve across the board’.

Focusing on health, well-being and performance, Thrive Global is packed with articles about thriving in life as well as apps, podcasts and e-courses all around the theme of self care both physically and mentally.

Take a look through the digital pages and you’ll find…..

  • journal.  Packed full of positive articles embracing a range of topics and filed under categories such as well-being, wisdom and working smarter.  Thrive Global nurtures the idea of creating balance in our lives by prioritizing our well-being and not living to a point of burnout.  Another great feature of the journal is the indicator at the top of each article describing how long a read it is.  You can make the decision to invest in 3 minutes of reading time or 20.
  • shop.  An opportunity to browse the latest health and well-being products, services and technology available to us.  The products here are selected specifically to support us in our quest for a healthy life.
  • apps&podcasts.  Digital aids and e-courses to help you live a more productive and, therefore,  less stressed life.

Arianna believes that ‘when we prioritize our wellbeing, our decision making, our creativity, our productivity and our performance dramatically improve across the board’.

Dip in and take a look and you will find something to inspire.  If you’re going to spend time online, which we all inevitably will continue to do,  this inspiring website is one well worth getting lost in.

Thrive Global – More than Living. Thriving.

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