I graduated. Grace asked me to be her assistant today, and, until Eric arrived, I was the most senior student for a good 1/2 hour. I felt so proud! We went through a yoga flow, and I was able to follow her throughout the entire sequence, getting a couple gasps and applause from the newby students.
This isn’t something I want to take lightly. I’ve seen Derek, Micheal, and Chris volunteer to showcase the new movements in class. Their feedback (from the base’s standpoint) is always experience based and informative. Now, I’m able to articulate the articulation of my feet, balance, centering, and other feedback.
I was recently asked to participate in a performance with the Acro crew here in Memphis TN. Because I was asked at a time when I was both getting a new job and considering moving, I said “no”, just to avoid unnecessary stress. It was tough because I didn’t anticipate seeing my co-yogis dissapointed at my lack of participation. Acro has never been my priority hobby, except when I went to Divine Play in October 2015 and got fired up to do Acro every day for a couple weeks (kind of like I’m fired up to do yoga everyday! Just caught that theme there 🙂 ) But I am seriously considering making it apriority in anticipation of this performance. Why? Because I have the opportunity to work with some seasoned yogis. This could take my game to the next level. I’m feeling a little conflicted though. A priority hobby is still a hobby. I know some yogis who could do this professionally and be paid very well. I’ve never considered myself to be a professional yogi, although yoga teachers compliment my practice often and encourage me to teach.
Here are my thoughts: I’m unconvinced that the time and money required to become a certified yoga teacher is worth it in the end. How does a yoga teacher make money? If I teach regular classes, 4-5 nights a week, I might make around $500 a month. That’s not enough to live on! It’s a supplemental thing.
Really, yoga teachers, here’s my idea for you to make a bunch of money. Start a platform (Like a popular class, or a yoga blog, or a killer instagram account. I see you out there!). Build that platform and build your following. THEN, create something cool for free or for a very low price (under $10) and collect the email of everyone who buys it. Again, give it time to build your audience.
Eventually, you have an audience, and you have buyers.
Now’s the time to create an LTO (Limited Time Offer). It doesn’t have to be limited. But just create an offer. How? Create a cool video training.
If you do yoga, you already look cool. You already have a list of things that you like to say to encourage your student. Get a friend to record you. Set aside a day, and knock it out. At first, just do a one or 1.25 hour long video. Name it something cool, like “Killer Inversions” or “Juicy Hip-Openers for Runners”. (Yes, please use these ideas). You know all those creative theme-oriented classes you’ve taught over the years? Each one of those could be a video you can record and sell. There is unlimited potential here!
Upload your video course. You can do this on your own site or through a site like Udemy.
Then, all you do is test it, and launch it!
Let people know ahead of time that you’re working on something to build hype. Then, as you’re building hype, continue to enrich your platform and your community. Don’t just check out, or it will seem disingenuous. Be there. Be present. Add value. Make some money with your Yoga Practice.
Now, I have to follow through.
I’m not a yoga teacher. But I am a Reiki Teacher. These ideas are really exciting me right now! Watch me build a Reiki Course. It’s now more than a thought – It’s on “paper”. It is crystallizing.
P – 7
M – 7
E – 7
S – Jackpot