Thoughts on Working from Anywhere as a Yoga Teacher
May 23, 2013
I’ve been interested in minimalism and lifestyle businesses for a long time. I’m fascinated by people who have found a way to make their work completely portable and travel the world with it. For as long as I’ve been aware of others out there who have made this lifestyle work, I’ve been contemplating ways of doing it that would work for me. Before I even completed my yoga teacher training, I contemplated becoming an itinerant yoga teacher. I wanted to buy a bus or an RV that I could live out of, amass an online following, and travel from city to city, spreading my brand of yoga love. Instead of taking my life on the road, though, I moved to Colorado, and I couldn’t be happier with that choice. It’s helped me realize that building relationships with my students is a huge part of my practice as a yoga teacher, which means that I’m no longer attracted to living on the road. I am, however, interested in building a community that extends beyond the boundaries of my city. I want to continue to support my students from Texas and, if I decide to move on from Colorado, I’d love to continue the yoga relationships I’m developing here.
I posted a while back about yoga coaching. That was my first stab at this idea of creating a yoga community that extends beyond physical location. It quickly developed into a weekly class through Google Hangouts, which was a lot of fun to build, but was difficult to promote. Google Hangouts aren’t really built for classes; it is difficult to ensure that students will pay, and you can’t really make the classes public because then you don’t know who might show up. As I started to teach more local classes, I put the weekly hangouts on hold.
And that brings me to the present. The school year is ending, which means my kids’ yoga schedule is shifting and I have a lot more free time to focus on building my online presence once more. I am reigniting my efforts to build an online yoga community, but this time I’m using powhow. Powhow offers a way to host live webcam classes, and it offers solutions to all of the problems I had when hosting Google Hangout classes. I’ve already set up my own studio, and I’m planning to add more classes as the summer progresses. I’d love it if you’d join me! You can even use the code Try-alouatta-yoga for 50% off your first class!
With all of that said, I want to do a little research before I offer new classes. If you could take the time to participate in a couple of little polls, it would mean the world to me! I will take your answers into account as I develop my schedule.
Thanks for your help!