Challenges of Starting Your Own Yoga Practice

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Does one student equal a yoga class?

I know it’s a sort of silly question, but it’s one that beginning teachers commonly face. If your income depends on how many show up for class, small numbers of students in a class is a dilemma.

Yoga teachers aren’t meant to be ‘in it for the money’. But they’ve made a big monetary investment in teaching training. Afterwards, there are insurances to pay, association fees, and continual professional development.

A big hurdle that yoga teachers just starting out have to jump over is that they don’t necessarily get the best teaching times. Six am or four pm classes, for example, are not the best times to attract students.

Another problem occurs when the new teacher is a stand-in for a more popular teacher. As weeks go by, class sizes may dwindle. Small class attendances coupled with the teacher’s own inexperience erode the teacher’s confidence. This may contribute to further a drop in numbers.… Read the rest