The Importance of Storytelling for Yoga Teachers

The Importance of Storytelling for Yoga Teachers

We all have a story, or stories, right? 

And as yoga teachers, we share so much more than alignment and breathing techniques. We infuse our stories into our classes. 

And our students come to us for more than just asana and pranayama. They come to us because they are drawn to our personalities and to our personal journeys beyond the mat. So it's essential that we bring our WHOLE selves into our teaching. And we can do this by incorporating storytelling into our classes. But it doesn't stop there. 

Storytelling is really about connection. 

 

How We Stay Inspired: Podcasts That We Love

How We Stay Inspired: Podcasts That We Love

These days we are ALL ABOUT listening to podcasts. It’s one way of multi-tasking that we actually feel good about.

Washing dishes, driving, or taking a walk can all be great opportunities to listen to an amazing dharma talk, inspiring life story or some practical biz tips from fellow heart-centered entrepreneurs.

Here are just a few of our fav yoga, meditation + conscious-business podcasts on our playlist, and our top pick episodes {so far}:

Having an Entrepreneur Mindset When You Plan Your Yoga Retreat

Having an Entrepreneur Mindset When You Plan Your Yoga Retreat

When you tell people that you lead yoga retreats, it’s probably pretty rare that someone treats you like an entrepreneur, in the traditional sense, right? Perhaps you don’t even see yourself that way.

But that’s exactly what you are. The demands of planning a retreat are just like a owning a business. You have to take into account how to market, plan, and budget your yoga retreat if you want to see success.

Let’s take a look at 5 ways in which thinking more like an entrepreneur will help you plan your yoga retreat.

How to Budget and Price Your Retreat

How to Budget and Price Your Retreat

Some yogis are good (or even awesome) when it comes to financial stuff. If this is you- HOORAY! But for many of us, the money part of yoga business can often feel scary and overwhelming.

We didn't get into teaching yoga for the money. We teach because we are passionate about yoga and want to help others.

But when it comes down to it, we all gotta eat! As teachers and retreat leaders, we need to be able to make a sustainable living in order to keep doing what we love! If we can’t pay the bills teaching yoga, then we may end up having to go get a “real job.” So what’s a yoga teacher to do?  

What if Someone Gets Sick or Injured on Your Retreat?

What if Someone Gets Sick or Injured on Your Retreat?

So you’re a few days into your yoga retreat and all is going amazingly well. Then all of a sudden one of your retreat students comes down with the flu. What do you do? 

Or one of your students “over does” it in yoga and ends up in a back spasm for the rest of the retreat.

Should this keep you from leading a retreat? Heck no! Accidents happen EVERYWHERE! People get sick and hurt themselves in the comfort of their own homes. So it’s inevitable that injury and illness can happen on a retreat. But the important thing is that you are PREPARED!

Tales of the Traveling Yogi: Interview with Brent Honnerlaw

Tales of the Traveling Yogi: Interview with Brent Honnerlaw

"Tales of the Traveling Yogi" is a series of short blog interviews with yoga teachers about their experiences planning and leading yoga retreats. We hope these interviews will encourage and inspire other yoga teachers plan their own yoga retreats.

In this blog our friend Brent Honnerlaw to share his story about leading his retreat in Machu Picchu, Peru, a place spiritually enchanted by the ancient Inca culture. 

#1 Mistake Yoga Teachers Make When Planning a Retreat

#1 Mistake Yoga Teachers Make When Planning a Retreat

So it’s Sunday night and you’re cookin’ dinner with no idea what to make.. Hmm… What’s in the fridge?

A little kale, some quinoa, leftover beans. Sounds simple enough, right?

So you start cooking, throwing in some spices, not quite sure where this going, but trusting it will be delicious.

There’s a few ways this could go:

1) It could all work out beautifully- Yay!  

2) Halfway through you have to run to store to get some super important ingredient and end up having dinner ready an hour later than planned, or

3) You accidentally put in a little too much curry, then add something else to try and balance it out, but end with some funky concoction that you wouldn’t want to recreate.

Tales of Traveling Yogis: Interview with Claire Petretti

Tales of Traveling Yogis: Interview with Claire Petretti

We are happy to announce our new monthly blog series: Tales of the Traveling Yogi. Here we will share the retreat stories of yoga teachers, their life lessons and inspirations. 

First on deck is the amazing Claire Petretti, a seasoned yoga teacher, retreat leader, pilates instructor, reiki practitioner and writer.  She planned her first yoga and surfing retreat in 2010, but was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer and had to cancel that retreat. But cancer couldn't stop her from living her retreat dream and she vowed to lead a retreat as soon as her health allowed her to do so. 

8 Reasons to Have an Email Marketing Service for Your Yoga Biz

8 Reasons to Have an Email Marketing Service for Your Yoga Biz

In our recent blog series we’ve been discussing the 3 Essential Steps to Take Before Planning a Yoga Retreat. We’ve covered #1 How to Survey Your Students: Find Out What Your Students Want in a Retreat, and #2 The Importance of a Website to Grow Your Yoga Community. (If you missed the previous steps, we encourage you to check’em out!)

In this post we will dive deeper into the last step, #3 Having an Email Marketing List.

3 Essential Steps to Take Before Planning Your Yoga Retreat

3 Essential Steps to Take Before Planning Your Yoga Retreat

If you are dreaming of planning a yoga retreat, thinking about the location, theme, extra activities, and other fun details - Awesome!! Envisioning is the initial step in retreat planning. But in order to have a successful yoga retreat you need to have a a few basic and important things in place before you dive into all the fun details of planning your dream retreat. We go over 3 essential things you need to have in place to plan your retreat.

How to Transform Your Fear into Courage, Resilience, and Gratitude

How to Transform Your Fear into Courage, Resilience, and Gratitude

Have you ever felt like you’re not a “good enough” yoga teacher? Has that feeling kept you from moving forward in your teaching career? Not good enough to lead a yoga retreat? Are you putting off planning a retreat because you think there are better teachers out there leading retreats and how could you measure up?I knew deep down in my heart I wanted to teach, but was frozen in the fear of failing. What I didn’t realize was that my fear of failing was actually a form of perfectionism.

The Dichotomy of Yoga Business: Money or passion - do I really have to choose?

The Dichotomy of Yoga Business: Money or passion - do I really have to choose?

There seems to be a lot of talk about how yoga teachers CAN’T make a decent living doing what they love - teaching yoga. The conversation (on online and on social media) was  fueled by an article in The New York Magazine last year called The Brutal Economics of Being a Yoga Teacher. But there's an important part left out of that conversation and here's our two cents about it...