Love the practice. Yep. Got the certification. Yep. All inspired to get started on teaching. Yep. Got the business side sorted. Hmmm……..
Yoga teachers are always bursting with enthusiasm and passion for teaching but sometimes the business side of it all goes a bit awry.
Every yoga teacher needs access to great yoga business resources as much as they need a classic yoga text. Take a look at these readily available and super useful resources to support your yoga teaching career.
This book packs a punch and is presented in a down to earth and understandable way. And like a good class, yoga themes are weaved in to the business advice.
These are the reasons I love it…
- Written by a yoga teacher who walks the walk. Personal experience of the whole ‘building a yoga business’ thing.
- Lots of practical and realistic tips on the tedious but, nevertheless, important stuff. You know the kind of thing. Finances, insurances, liability issues etc
- A great chapter on how to present yourself as a teacher. You, after all, are the business
- Useful and implementable social media marketing tips
- Great yoga class planning and teaching tips too
- Small paperback, throw in your bag, kind of format. I love that this is not a hefty, intimidating textbook.
- Overall, a ‘go to’ reference for any yogi building a yoga teaching career
Darren is a long term yoga teacher and his book shares many great tips for the entrepreneurial yoga teacher
Reasons to read
- Lots of information presented in lists, bullet points and Q&A’s. I find this kind of presentation much more readable.
- A great chapter on website building. Although a website isn’t an absolute must do initially it does have its benefits.
- Comprehensive section on finances and taxes.
- Very useful examples of how to figure out pricing for classes & workshops and bigger events such as retreats and trainings.
- A big section with marketing suggestions that vary from simple & free to more complex & costly.
Darren also published a book in 2019 that focuses fully on Social Media for Teachers and Healers. Although I haven’t read a copy I’m sure it is worth a look.
Keeping your business organized and efficient helps to manage your time and, in turn, keep your career on track.
yogaskinnystudio’s range of yoga stationery is a great way to keep your classes, time and finances in check.
Use a printable timesheet to track your classes, student numbers, invoicing and payments.
I came across Mado’s podcast and haven’t stopped listening and re-listening since!
She posts every week and her podcasts are a mixture of interviews, advice pieces and business tips. She’s covered a spectrum of yoga related topics from beginner teaching nerves to joint health in poses.
I love her podcasts as they are just like Goldilocks’ porridge. Not too long and not too short. Just right.
There are several podcasts discussing marketing and making a living – one of the biggest challenges for any yoga teacher!
I encourage you to take a listen. You won’t regret it.
Every yoga teacher needs some great business resources
If you are interested in listening to some thought provoking yoga interviews covering business (among other great yoga topics) then J Brown’s podcast is the way to go.
Over time J Brown has interviewed many amazing and inspiring yoga teachers and practitioners covering all sorts of yoga related topics.
The length of the podcasts are quite long so more of a time commitment for this one but a great deal of interesting and useful content.
Yoga Journal has been around for some time now and is always to be found on Barnes & Noble shelves. The online version of Yoga Journal has some great content for yoga teachers. You can also subscribe to Yoga Journal to gain access to sequence builders, teaching insurance and teaching advice.
Yoga International is a great resource for teachers and practitioners alike. It features a great amount of teaching and business related articles. It is on a subscription basis but you can sign up for a 30 day trial if you want to take a commitment free peek.
This website offers a really inspiring and eclectic selection of articles from yoga teachers and practitioners. It has a very welcoming community vibe to it and appeals to me as it doesn’t have the corporate glossiness of some yoga websites. Curl up in your comfy yoga pants with a cup of tea for company and have a browse.
There are a number of yoga related websites similar to mindbodygreen in that they publish articles across a range of health & self care topics. They’re all great with something to offer but my go to website is mindbodygreen.
Take advantage of all of the many resources available to you and make your yoga teaching career shine!
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