The story often goes like this: your deep love of yoga, and the gifts it gave you, inspires you to take the leap into yoga teacher training. You want to shout from the top of a mountain to share this incredible practice with the world.
But once it's over, the question is "How?" Is everyone and their sister is a yoga teacher these days? The landscape can feel impossibly competitive: studio owners don't respond to your job inquiry emails, the pay offered by gyms makes you wonder if you are being swindled (or worse, that you were swindled...by teacher training). You are struggling to GIVE away private lessons, and meanwhile 5 of your closest friends have now started THEIR teacher trainings.
I've been there. Don't give up hope. It IS possible to have a career teaching yoga. It is possible to make an income teaching yoga. It will require a bit of sacrifice, strategy, and deep consideration of your values - around money, time and, yes, whether yoga as a full-time career is a good fit.
I will guide you through those personal, inner conversations, and teach you as much insider-knowledge ("external information") as I can pack in. We'll explore:
This course is a massive download of information that I've learned over 16 years of teaching yoga -- taught to you in a conversational way, like I would share with a friend. It's full of links for all sorts of resources that will take you deeper. You will walk away with knowledge about how to leverage every class, how to estimate your yearly income (and increase it!), how to develop a niche, and how to think creatively about each class or interaction as a genuine opportunity to grow your "brand" (in the most authentic way possible).
By the way, I am NOT a business coach. I am a yoga teacher who teaches many other yoga teachers. I am a multi-passionate human who has tried on a remarkable number of jobs (yoga and otherwise) and careers over the last 20-some years, who has worked hard and been poor, worked hard and been paid, and finally -- about 5 years ago -- started to see myself as my own boss (which changed everything).
I've seen the trends go up down and around in the yoga world, but I've also seen lasting patterns. This course is a passion project of mine to create more ease in your life, so you can get where you want in your yoga career faster than me (if you should so choose).
Oh and yes, my sister is also a yoga teacher :)
I'm a US-based physio (Doctor of Physical Therapy), Yoga Teacher since 2001, and founder of YogaAnatomyAcademy.com. I created this little course spontaneously one weekend because new yoga teachers deserve to know the basics about how to build the foundation of a yoga career smartly.
How to forge a relationship with a studio so that they are *more likely* to hire you, and how to make yourself available to sub the tricky-to-fill classes, PLUS see my resume.
Bio: Dr. Ariele Foster (PT, DPT, E-RYT 500) is a Washington, DC-based doctor of physical therapy, a yoga teacher, founder of Yoga Anatomy Academy, and anatomy faculty for yoga trainings and 90Monkeys online continuing education. She has a passion for creative, intelligent yoga instruction and for making yoga anatomy fun and accessible.
Ariele grew up practicing with her grandmother, started studying optimal health as a teenager, and began teaching yoga in 2001. Her interdisciplinary classes (trained in Kripalu, Anusara, Vinyasa, YogaWorks and Therapeutics) are enriched by biomechanical smarts, therapeutic know-how, great playlists and humor.
Dr. Foster specializes in manual and orthopedic physical therapy, including myofascial release, and incorporates yoga into physical therapy rehabilitation plans with an eye on functional movement and whole body medicine. She lives and treats patients in Washington, DC as well as leads yoga and yoga anatomy retreats around the world.