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.
So, what makes a mission statement?
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.
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”.
Updating your mission statement
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