4 Tips for Yoga Teachers Relocating
As a gypsy vagabond, passionate about travel, it sure can conflict with finding a yoga studio to call "home" and becoming a part of the yoga community. Having relocated to a few places in the last five years, here are my tips on how to find your niche in a new place as a yoga teacher!
Do Your Homework
In yoga, we are taught to practice Svadhyaya (self-study). This comes in handy when you are relocating to a new area and want to continue teaching yoga. Begin with an internet search, making a list of studios that interest you, learning about the owners and teachers, what the studios mission is to their community and if your style of teaching may be a good fit. Also, check out any master yoga teachers in the area with whom you can take.
Be willing to put yourself out there. Before moving, make a list of people you know who have connections in the yoga community. Ask them to assist you with an informal email invitation to start a dialogue. If you use social media, really use it! Announce you are moving and want to learn more about the yoga in that area. You will be amazed at how many people chime-in to offer help. Once you arrive, get out there. Be willing to explore, ask questions and attend local events to meet new people.
I know this sounds easy, but that "moving budget" can get in the way with those $20 drop in rates to try new studios! Be selective and only pick a few studios you are most interested in to start. Attending classes and meeting the students shows your interest in the studio while also helping you gain information to whether or not you want to teach there. Be sure to follow your heart. Trying on new studios can be overwhelming and sometimes discouraging. Stay positive (pratipaksha bhavanam), enjoying the journey and trusting yourself.
You will likely be asked to audition teach and while this is what you desire, be sure to BE YOU! Teach what you know; it is obvious when you are not. Speak your own language and truth and know that this goes a long way. Lastly, be willing to set ego aside and approach any feedback with an inquiry to learn.