So you may be pondering the idea of leading a yoga retreat...
Of course. What could possibly be better than yoga and traveling? But the doubts slowly start creeping in... and then all the questions come up. The fear of the unknown starts paralyzing you and, suddenly, this dream of planning a retreat seems just that: a dream.
As a yoga teacher you know too well that limiting your thoughts can limit your actions.
You teach your students about setting intentions, opening to possibilities, getting out of their comfort zones, and growing into their potential. Now, it’s time to practice what you preach! Get clear on your visions and intentions, move outside your comfort zone, and step into your power!
Here are 6 reasons why you should consider planning a yoga retreat:
1. Expand your teaching beyond the studio
Teaching in the studio is a wonderful thing. It’s a safe, comfortable space equipped with props and students who are eager to learn. But changing things up and teaching in a new environment can inspire both you and your students.
There’s nothing like doing yoga in the jungle, overlooking the ocean, next to a vineyard, or underneath a forest of redwood trees. Practicing yoga in these magnificent settings is such a powerful way to awaken the senses and embrace the beauty of the moment.
2. Make more $$$
Yes, we intentionally put this as # 2 on the list. Though ideally it would be great if we didn’t have to worry about money and yoga could be free for everyone, but it’s just not the case in our modern world. We all gotta eat!
Nobody gets into teaching yoga for the money. We do it because we love yoga and want to share this love with others. However, so many yoga teachers struggle to make ends meet.
Yoga teacher trainings are a dime a dozen, and it’s super competitive to get teaching gigs at studios. And honestly, teaching solely in studios can hardly provide enough income to live on.
So as yoga teachers we have to get creative and expand our offerings. Some teachers have part-time or even full-time jobs in other fields. Some teachers offer private classes and workshops. Yoga retreats can be an exciting and lucrative companion to the yoga classes you are already offering.
3. Travel while doing what you love
Yes, it’s possible! Whether it’s taking a roadtrip for a weekend retreat or flying to another country, yoga retreats offer a way to get away from it all and connect more deeply with yourself and your students.
Believe us, we understand that being in business for yourself can sometimes make it harder to get away. If you leave your classes for a week or a weekend, you won’t get paid for the classes you miss. But taking the show on the road can provide a wonderful opportunity to work while you travel to beautiful places.
This doesn’t mean leading a yoga retreat is like being on vacation. There’s a lot of work involved with planning and preparing, being the guide, and holding space during the retreat. But teaching in paradise while doing what you love doesn’t necessarily feel like work.
4. Offer your students an amazing experience
By leading a yoga retreat you are offering your students the opportunity to take a break from day to day life, to travel to beautiful places, to immerse themselves in yoga and healthy eating, and recharge their batteries.
In the hectic and stressed out world we live in today people often put their goals and dreams aside, or sometimes don’t have time to focus on dealing with unresolved emotional issues. Yoga retreats offer your students the TIME and a safe SPACE to reevaluate what’s important in life and to focus on healing mind, body and soul. That’s why retreats are so life transforming!
5. Avoid teacher burnout
Yes, it’s true. Even yoga teachers get burned out. If you are running around town teaching too many classes without enough time for your own practice, living paycheck to paycheck, you run the risk of burnout.
This kind of lifestyle is not sustainable. And what happens if you get burned out and don’t take action in changing your situation? You might end up feeling disillusioned and quitting teaching all together! So it’s imperative to be proactive and avoid burning the candle at both ends. Leading a yoga retreat can reignite your creative energy and passion for teaching.
6. Expand your yoga tribe
To begin, most of your retreat students will probably be from your existing yoga sangha (community). But leading retreats is a great way to expand your yoga tribe. Often students invite friends and family to retreats, who will then become your new students. And with effective and strategic online marketing you can attract new students from around the world. So many teachers have done this and you can do it too!
So if you’ve dreamed of leading a retreat, but been on the fence about whether it’s worth it - or if you’ve never even considered it - we hope this helped inspire you to get off the fence and into yoga retreat planning mode!
Now we want to hear from YOU:
What's the number one thing that is holding you back from planning a yoga retreat? Please let us know in the comments below!
Renee Gauthier and the RYYR TEAM
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