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Yoga teacher. Three years on.

Wow! Three years on after graduating from the 200 Hour Teacher training with Yoga London!

So what has changed since last year? At the beginning of this year I went into teaching yoga and Pilates full time. It was a huge step and I battled with the decision. Leaving a regular paid job to become responsible for my own cash flow, scary! Initially I wanted this to happen straight away but realised when working part-time, 4 days a week, this may take somewhere between 5-7 years after graduating that I’d be able to transition full time, but a couple of opportunities presented themselves, and it was time to go for it.

The transition from part-time teaching to full-time teaching.

  1. Know what your realistic minimum earnings need to be – have you also considered holidays, sick days & pension? With most corporate jobs all this will be included and if you’ve worked in this environment you’ll probably have a figure in mind you’d like to achieve. Maybe for the first year you don’t include this in your earnings, but make sure you add this in after year one!
  2. Consider other opportunities as well as teaching. What are your strengths. I’ve been lucky to take on a couple of admin tasks which I enjoy and it balances out the teaching a little bit. There are so many opportunities out there now, it’s just finding the right one for you!
  3. Plan to take holiday. Even if it’s just a week off at home reading a book, take time out before you burn out.

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Additional training

This year I planned on going on a retreat instead of training, however the focus shifted to becoming self-employed and I signed up to a couple of courses to help boost my skill-set.

Level 3 in Exercise considerations of independently active, older clients – I already teach independently active, older clients and I just wanted to ensure I was offering the best in this area.

Level 3 in Exercise referral – exercise is still one of the best ways to tackle overall health and wellbeing, however there are many of us who suffer from:

Cardiovascular conditions,

Metabolic conditions,

Respiratory conditions,

Musculoskeletal conditions,

Psychological/mental health conditions

I was keen to get a better understanding of how exercise can be adapted and used as a support for the above conditions.

Baby Yoga – This is a great addition to the pregnancy and post-natal Yoga I teach and it’s wonderful to see parents and babies connecting with each other.

What’s next for training? This list is still very long! For now I’ll be putting into practice what I have learnt this year and keeping an eye on current research. I’d like to review all previous training and weave knowledge bites into classes.

What have I missed this year? Last year I missed being able to attend regular classes, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve found a couple of classes that I can get to during the day time. I thought I’d miss the regular routine of an office environment, but I’ve kept myself busy and I now have a bit of a routine, other than studying.

I’ve missed cycling to work and I haven’t been able to build that into my current routine so I’m joining a gym, which I’m excited about. I like some exercise on my own, but I do like to have company to stay motivated.

What have I loved?  I’ve loved being able to concentrate more on teaching and being able to teach all age ranges! I enjoy seeing people smiling and walking out of class feeling relaxed and happy. The power of movement and breath, whether it is in Pilates or Yoga is clear to see and it is lovely to hear how regular attendance each week has helped people to manage long term issues, improve strength and provide a greater sense of wellbeing.

Tips from year three.

These 5 tips are similar to how I felt at the end of year two but with greater emphasis placed on them this year.

  1. Monthly reviews – write down your monthly goals/objectives. Understand how you’re going to achieve those goals.
  2. Review your monthly goals/objectives and understand what worked well and what didn’t. What can you change for next month.
  3. Keep learning – New material will inspire your teaching and keep your classes fresh
  4. Cross train – Whether cross training in a different exercise or cross training to learn a new skill, both will make you more supple and stronger. Seeing how a different discipline works will strengthen your existing knowledge.
  5. Understand what motivates and inspires your work. This is key and can really define your purpose. More on this to come at a later date.

 

Thank you – As always, thank you to all of those that have supported the transition, attended classes, presented opportunities. I’m looking forward to sharing more yoga and Pilates with you!

 

 

Yoga teacher – Two years on

When I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Yoga London in July 2016 I knew I had only just scratched the surface of my yoga journey…

So what has changed since last year? I’ve continued with the part time office job and along the way, opportunities to teach have kindly presented themselves. My teaching voice has developed, but I feel there is still room for improvement. I hope that people leave my classes feeling light and relaxed whilst having had a work out that strengthens and conditions the body.

Additional training

At the beginning of the year I attended Yoga Bananas Kids Teacher training course which was great fun. I’ve not had the capacity to utilise this training much; however, I’m hoping to create some opportunities soon. Get in touch if you’re interested in Yoga for children between 3 – 11 that incorporates original rhyming and sequencing.

I completed my Pilates teacher training and was very lucky to take on a regular class at the start of the year. It felt like starting to teach yoga all over again, particularly as this was an established class with an established teacher. Big shoes to fill. I learnt a lot in the first few weeks of that class.

I’ve also completed the Pilates pre and post-natal qualification and have been able to teach a couple of pre and post-natal classes. There will be a new and regular pre-natal Pilates class starting in September.

What’s on the training list menu? There are still so many wonderful courses to choose from and I haven’t quite decided which one I would like to take next. The list is still very long! If anything, I would like to attend more Pilates and Yoga classes to develop my own practice as this is just as beneficial as attending any additional courses and perhaps I maybe be able to treat myself to a Yoga and Pilates retreat soon!

What have I missed in the last year? As the teaching opportunities have increased, I’ve really missed attending regular classes with local teachers. I managed to attend a couple of classes, but they are few and far between at the moment. As time moves on, you start to realise it can be quite lonely as a self-employed teacher, so it is important to create opportunities to meet with like-minded people. I’m still working on this, and once I create more space in my diary, this will become easier!

What have I loved?  I’ve really valued seeing people enjoying themselves and leaving my classes feeling relaxed and happy in their bodies. The positive power of movement and breath, whether it is in Pilates or Yoga, is clear to see. It has also been lovely to hear how attending my classes each week has helped people to manage long term health issues. As we get older, Pilates and Yoga is much kinder to the body than other forms of exercise, and I love seeing the great age ranges that both these classes attract. The biggest age range so far is 84 years!

My teaching voice seems to have been my nemesis and a selling point! I have quite a soft voice which doesn’t always travel well but over time I’ve become much better at projecting my voice. Even with greater vocal projection I’ve still been able to maintain a calm and relaxing voice, something I didn’t think would achievable!

Tips from year two.

These 5 tips are similar to those from the end of year one and I’m sure they’ll work for anyone at any stage in their career.

  1. If you have a soft, quiet voice, practice projecting your voice or even singing! I started to sing in the car on the way to one of my classes to warm up my voice.
  2. Create your own opportunities – Write ideas down and chat to people who may be able to help or bring the ideas to life
  3. Keep learning – New material will inspire your teaching and keep your classes fresh
  4. Cross train – Whether cross training in a different exercise or cross training to learn a new skill, both will make you more supple and stronger. Seeing how a different discipline works will strengthen your existing knowledge.
  5. If you don’t enjoy it, stop! Simple. But…pause and understand what it is you don’t like.

If you have attended one of my classes I would just like to say thank you for your support. It’s a pleasure to have you in my class.

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