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So, you’ve finished your 200-hour teaching training and you’ve gathered up the nerves to step onto your mat as a teacher. Where do you find students?
I actually found my first teaching job off of Craigslist and was probably a super sketchy way of finding work, but it worked out for me. Since then the majority of my work has come from word of mouth (mostly from my husband, thanks to him!) and recommendations from other studio owners.
If you are ready to step on your mat in the capacity of a yoga teacher, here are some tips to get started:
1. UPDATE YOUR RESUME //
And yes, keep your non-yoga related experience and education on your yoga resume. This will show future employers your loyalty to past jobs and what other skills/understanding you bring to your mat.
2. ORDER BUSINESS CARDS //
Vistaprint is a great resource for printing a mass amount of business cards for a very reasonable price. They also have some great layouts ready for you so you don’t even need to be creative or have your own branding to print out your professional business cards.
Keep some cards in your car, wallet, yoga bag, everywhere. You never know who you will run into and who might be interested in trying yoga, having cards ready to hand out is a great way of networking and making sure that people know who you are and how to contact you.
3. CREATE A WEBSITE //
I believe there are still a few options for creating a free website out there. If a website doesn’t work for you, at least create a Facebook page where you can direct people to learn more about you and what you offer.
4. REACH OUT TO FRIENDS, FAMILY & CO-WORKERS //
Offer free classes to friends and family at your house or theirs, have them write reviews that you can then post to Facebook, your website and keep on hand for future advertising opportunities.
The more reviews you can rack up, the more “legit” you will look to potential employers.
5. PRACTICE WHERE YOU WANT TO TEACH //
If you are a regular student at a studio and then apply for a teaching position at that studio, you will be more likely to be brought in for an interview and more likely to land the gig!
Almost every studio has an intro offer to try their space. Try as many as you can. Not only will this help you know where you might like to teach, but also gives you a great resources for speaking with your future students. The more you know about the expansive yoga culture in your city, the more helpful you will be to your students.
6. FIND A MENTOR //
Still having difficulties getting into a studio? Connect with a mentor (a yoga teacher you connect with and who is ready to support you on your journey) and they may be able to get you into a class with them where you could open or close the class or co-teach with them. This will give new students an opportunity to test out your style and you an opportunity to get onto your mat and teach to people that are not your friends or family!
Check out our mentorship page for more information on the services that Yoga For That provides to new yoga teachers.
7. CONNECT WITH YOUR YOGA TEACHER FRIENDS //
Stay connected with those you did your teacher training with connect with other teachers as well. Stay connected and let them know your availability if they ever need sub coverage. I know as a teacher that sometimes it is very difficult to find a sub and being to offer a name to a studio owner if you are desperate can sometimes workout for all parties involved.
I still see some jobs posted on Craigslist, I would just advise you to be careful, if it seems to good to be true, then it probably is. Make sure the ad has a business name and then do some research on that business. Maybe have a phone interview with someone prior to meeting them!
Any other tips or tricks you want to share? Please share in the comments!
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