5 Tips on How to Network with Other Yoga Teachers
Expanding your network and meeting new yoga teachers also gives you the opportunity to deepen your practice and explore yoga from different perspectives. The routine of teaching can lead to a plateau in your yoga journey, and meeting new teachers can help us break out of that routine. If you are new to a city or town and are looking for a job or new clients, networking can give you the connections you need to get your business off the ground.
If you are looking to connect with yoga teachers around the area but don’t know where to start, follow these tips. Sometimes, all it takes to meet new people is exploring the yoga community around you or saying hello to a new teacher.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
We tend to fall into routines, visiting the same studios and taking classes with teachers who make us comfortable. If you want to branch out, look around the area for studios and classes that you may not usually attend. Talk to the teachers after the class about their approach to yoga and see what new things you can learn about the practice.
Volunteer at a Yoga Retreat
Yoga retreats are quickly becoming one of the trendiest ways to relax, but they also provide teachers an opportunity to explore different ways to teach yoga and interact with students. Explore different types of retreats that welcome beginners, involve meditation, or are specifically designed for women.
Many yoga retreats offer volunteer programs or work exchanges for yoga teachers or guests. Opportunities range from teaching in exchange for accommodation or cleaning for free yoga and meditation classes. Reach out to the retreat organizers about working and living at the retreat for a short period of time. When you are more involved with the operations of the retreat, you will have more opportunities to talk to other yoga teachers and explore your practice in a different setting (possibly a different country!).
Hold or Attend a Workshop
Workshops are a great way to meet new teachers and continue training. Leave some time after the workshop to grab tea with other teachers and have a conversation about the workshop or other yoga-related topics.
If there aren’t any workshops available in the area, consider taking an online course or hosting your own. Think about your strengths. What skills and experiences can you share with other yoga teachers? Hold a workshop teaching these skills and invite teachers around the area through Facebook, Couchsurfing, or Meetup. Stream and record the workshop to reach out to even more teachers and document the experience while you are looking for jobs.
Join Facebook Groups
Most cities have a Facebook groups for yoga teachers to connect, share workshops, and ask questions. These groups are a great way to reach out to find out what types of yoga are offered in your area and what opportunities are available as a teacher, studio manager, or student. If your area doesn’t have a Facebook group dedicated to yoga teachers, start one of your own!
Hit Up Instagram
Yoga teachers often use Instagram to share their brand and advertise their classes. Look for yoga teachers around the area by searching for hashtags related to yoga and your city or town. Follow Instagram accounts for local studios to see when they are hosting workshops or special events. If you read a post from a teacher or a studio that you like, introduce yourself and ask to meet up for tea or a class. Post your own thoughts about yoga on your account so studios and teachers can reach out to you and get to know you as well.
Remember that whether you are looking for jobs or just trying to learn more about yoga, have fun meeting new teachers and enjoy the experience!