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2 Mistakes I Made When Starting Out in My Yoga Business (That I Can Help You Avoid)

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” ~ Henry Ford

My first couple of years as a yoga teacher were the most challenging. I had no clue what I was doing or any clear direction of where I was going or how to run a successful business. I basically got through by asking questions of friends who were already teachers, tried different things to see what worked and what didn’t work. I was really just “winging it” and making things up as I went. Can you relate?

I made many mistakes and fell over many times… even to the point of almost wanting to give up. Although it can be easy to fall into the trap of feeling like a “failure”, I see mistakes as a part of life and perceived “failures” as opportunities for learning, experience and growth. And boy have I had many of these opportunities over the years!

Since growing my yoga business and putting myself out there in a meaningful way, many of you who are new or recently new yoga teachers that are struggling to know where to begin in the business of yoga, have reached out to me for support and advice after coming up against challenges and not knowing how to move forward.

I’ve learned so much through my experiences and decisions, and I want to share with you 2 mistakes I’ve made along the way to help you avoid making them too.

  • Mistake #1: I didn’t do any business and marketing training until 18 months into being a teacher – This is so important! I’m not really sure why it took me so long to realise I needed to attempt to learn how to run a business. I guess everything happens when we are ready and in the right time, but I do feel like this made my journey a whole lot more challenging, time-consuming and I could have probably avoided a lot of frustration and tears too! I’ve also observed a lot amongst yoga teachers the difference it makes with those that have done some business training and continual learning in business and those that haven’t. Minimise the struggle – think about investing in your business and yourself by training in business and marketing sooner rather than later!
  • Mistake #2: Comparing myself to other, more experienced yoga teachers – I’m pretty sure this one runs deeply for most, if not all of us in many aspects of life! It’s one of those human tendencies that seems to come from a deeper belief of “not feeling good enough”. Here’s why this was a mistake for me… It took my focus off my own path. The more time and energy I spent looking around at what others were doing and then falling into a comparison story, that equated to less time and energy being spent on what I was doing in my business and how I was serving my community.

Because many of my friends were already yoga teachers, this happened to me a lot. I saw how far along some of them were on their path, and sometimes I’d catch myself trying to run before I could walk, and really want to be where they were. This is not helpful!

As I continually worked on myself and healed, this comparison became a lot less. I realised that instead of distracting myself and trying to rush the process by internally resisting and wanting to be where others were at, I flipped my mindset and started to see them as big sources of inspiration for me to keep showing up, keep doing the work and to keep moving forward in my business and my life. I also reminded myself that each of us has our own unique gifts, people that resonate with us, and that there is enough room for all of us. This was a great reminder each time I held myself back from sharing my gifts.

So the next time you find yourself in a comparison story like this, remember that you are on your own path and others are on theirs. The more you focus on things out of your control that cause unnecessary stress, distraction and procrastination, the less present you are in your own experience. Eyes on your own path.

Does any of this resonate with you? Can you relate? I’d love to know your thoughts and experiences with it all! Share below or feel free to get in touch at lucy@reconnected.me

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