By Amruta Kulkarni, CYT 500
As a yoga teacher, you are helping people become healthy through an age-old method. The role of a yoga teacher can be highly rewarding. People will come to you because they are looking for spirituality, confidence and fitness. As a yoga teacher, you are doing many great things but you are also running a little risk because there is some risk in any type of career.
Anytime you are asking people to do anything, especially through fitness, there is the risk that people will push themselves too far. By far, the biggest risk that you take as a yoga teacher is someone hurting themselves in the class.
People will want to push themselves, especially if they are in a class with people who are at a perceived higher yoga level than them. They want to reach that same level, so they push themselves to do stretches that they may not be ready for. As a yoga teacher, it is important that you know the fitness and skill level of all your students. You are taking on the risk of that student being in your class and possibly hurting him or her. As a result, you need to do what you can to prevent that from happening. You need to put them into a class filled with people who are of the same skill level. You need to provide them with one-on-one teaching so they can know how to do a pose properly. It is up to you to keep them safe.
Another risk that you can avoid as a yoga teacher is within the yoga studio itself. It is up to you to make sure that your yoga studio is safe. This means having everything put away so there is nothing to trip over or collide into. This means that your floors are clean, there is nothing slippery and that when students come into the studio, they are coming into a safe atmosphere. In addition, you need to make sure that all the yoga equipment is in good working order and there is no risk of an equipment failure hurting someone.
The other risk you take as a yoga teacher is just being a teacher and competing against many other yoga teachers in your city. Being a yoga teacher is rewarding, but it is not always the easiest job. You are competing against a lot of others and you have to do what you can to ensure that you come out ahead of your competition. In order to do this, you have to accept the risk of competition and the best way to do that is to be better than your competition. You don’t need to have huge classes to compete.
Sometimes smaller classes that have more one-on-one time is better because your students will get more out of the class, and many will be willing to pay more for the extra instruction. As a yoga teacher, owning a yoga studio, you are actually an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, risk is the name of the game. You need to balance the cost of your studio, with the cost of advertising and supplies, while bringing in enough money to pay for all of those things. Once you conquer this risk, it is smooth sailing to being successful as a yoga teacher.
When you decide to be a yoga teacher, you are helping others discover how amazing yoga is. You are helping them learn how to be healthy, and be balanced in mind, body and soul. It is a wonderful career to have but it is not without its risks, so know how to manage them.
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