Share the love. This is certainly what seems to be happening in the yoga space! More and more yoga teacher trainings are popping up everywhere, and the number of yoga teachers out in the world continues to grow every year. Obviously this is a wonderful thing, to be able to share and spread the gift of yoga far and wide, though it doesn’t come without some downsides and challenges for yoga teachers.
Is it enough to simply be a great teacher? Maybe. But it also takes time to grow your community and following. With so many of us teaching now, how do we stand out in the crowd?
Early on in my own teaching journey, I quickly realised the importance of finding what made me different and could help me stand out. I asked myself many different questions….
What can I offer in my classes and workshops that makes me different and is uniquely me? What am I passionate about? What experience do I have? What gifts can I share?
I was exploring sound healing and playing different instruments such as Native American Flute, RAV drum, crystal sound bowls and more. I started bringing them into my classes in Savasana, then into women’s circles and eventually my workshops. All of this allowed me to add value and create many unique experiences for my students and circle members. I’ve received such wonderful feedback about this enhancing their experience and so many people love it. Plus, the healing that has taken place has been amazing!
I began to notice how this made me stand out in my local area and online – I saw how bringing in some of my unique gifts attracted more people to my classes, workshops and women’s circles.
Do you feel the need for some inspiration? Are you wanting to bring in some different and unique elements into your offerings?
Obviously we don’t want to be compromising, distracting or taking away from the yoga practice. However, there many things you can bring into your classes and/or workshops to share with and create a beautiful experience for your students. The possibilities are endless!
Here are some ideas to help you out:
- Do you play any musical instruments? (add it in at the start or end of class or create a workshop)
- Do you practice mantra/chanting? (add it in at the start or end of class or create a workshop)
- Are you a geek for yoga philosophy? (dive deeper into this)
- Are you a pranayama enthusiast/do you facilitate breathwork? (dive deeper into this)
- Are you into creative arts? (creativity and yoga workshop)
- Combining practices you specialise in/are passionate about that go well together (breath, meditation, sound healing, yin/restorative yoga)
- Are you a Nutritionist or Naturopath? (nutrition and health component in a workshop)
- Do you like or do you sell essential oils? (making oil blends or incorporating these somehow into a workshop or using different oils with a diffuser every class)
Action Point: Journal on all of these questions and use what comes up to help you create a yoga offering that is uniquely you. This will also help with theming and programming for classes and workshops.
1. What are you passionate about?
2. What experiences do you have?
3. What gifts can you share?
4. What have you been through that has given you valuable lessons that may be helpful for others?
5. What is inspiring you in your life right now?
Does any of this resonate with you? What makes you unique as a yoga teacher? What are you currently struggling with? I’d love to know your thoughts and experiences with it all! Share below or feel free to get in touch at email@example.com