Our last full lecture of class was today! It’s a bittersweet feeling knowing we’re already done with the training portion of class. If you’re just following along now, our last two days of CorePower Yoga Teacher Training after this consists of our written and teaching exams and our celebration/graduation day. This journey has been unlike anything I’ve ever experienced and I’m so sad it’s almost over.
We spent our last lecture day discussing the business of yoga and how to effectively market ourselves as teachers. Instagram has become a HUGE marketplace for marketing lately, but we also discussed marketing ourselves at other CorePower Yoga studios as well as other fitness studios in general.
If you’ve taken yoga classes before, you probably tend to take a few of the same teachers over and over again. Why? Most likely because you’re able to connect with the teacher and their mantras, you enjoy their teaching style, the class challenges you, and you’re able to grow after leaving each time. Not only that, but many teachers are personal and are always open to conversation both inside and outside of the classroom. That being said, it’s important to find your own teaching voice and differentiate yourselves from other teachers in order to impact your students. Create conversations before and after class to make time for your students. Most importantly, always remain professional and occasionally offer up a few free classes or private classes to spread awareness!
If there’s one thing that stood out to me during lecture was the concept of business cards (we didn’t discuss this but it was in our book). I personally work a corporate job outside of yoga and while I’ve had business cards for over 4 years now, I rarely use mine to their full potential (unless it’s dropping it in a bowl at a restaurant to win free food/drinks). Business cards, websites, and social media are all great ways to spread your brand awareness.
In order to maintain a safe environment teachers must be CPR & AED certified. We must also carry our own insurance through major insurance carriers (my company offers insurance for yoga teachers). It’s important to keep track of your teaching hours, classes, and continuing education. Despite learning the C1 sequence in a few short weeks, I have found that there is ALWAYS more to learn. I think it’s best to create a network of yoga teachers in order to expand your knowledge and love for the practice. I owe it to the Old Town CorePower Yoga family for accepting me with open arms.
I’m still thinking about registering my license through Yoga Alliance for the purpose of credentials and more available resources despite what some articles say. I would love to expand my knowledge by taking on a few advanced seminars and workshops in different states and studios if possible. I’m going to try my best to continue to read up on yoga books and journals (Yoga Journal is a great resource) to further expand my knowledge. Most importantly, I’ll continue to practice under other teacher’s leads as well as lead my own classes if I make it that far! We learned to ask for guidance and advice from senior mentors as well.
We were asked what inspired us to start yoga, how it felt to take our first yoga class, and how will we inspire others? I wrote down that I was inspired by yoga after it taught me mind over matter. In other words, I was inspired by both the physical and mental push that it provided me. I was able to push myself beyond what I thought capable and it made me a stronger person. The push goes for not just yoga, but also any other emotion or situation outside of the studio. My first class is a blur, but I remember loving it so much that I signed up for the Black Tag Membership (BTM) before my free week even ended. I want to share this passion with other yogis in order to teach them that they themselves are their only limit!
Extensions start in a few weeks and I can’t wait to dive deeper into this beautiful practice. My hopes are to audition after if the studios in the suburbs have any openings. From there, I’d love to audit and lead future teacher trainings as I learned SO MUCH from everyone I took TT with and i’d love to relive the experience with aspiring yogis!
Readers, thank you so much for following along during this 8 week journey. When I heard about extensions last year (I just started continuously practicing yoga in January of 2018) I heard it was a lot of work and that pushed me away from signing up sooner. I kick myself for not signing up when I was first told about the training, but I’m so glad I listened to my teacher’s advice and signed up! The past 8 weeks have been nothing short of amazing. Whether or not you’d like to teach, I HIGHLY suggest signing up. Everyone is fighting their own internal battles, and this training has truly opened up our eyes and helped keep us rooted. It’s both a team and self study training that will shape you in one way or another. Old Town – THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I am PASSIONATE to learn, grow, and share with the world around me.