Current Job: Accounts Manager/Wearer of Many Hats at a small ad agency
Lives in: Ann Arbor, MI
Ultimate dream: To be my own boss.
What do you think you need to attain your dream?: I have at least a dozen dreams that seem disparate, but when whittled down, most of them have the same basic principle: they allow me to be my own boss. While some of those dreams are a bit outlandish, the one I think I could not only achieve but also love doing is being a yoga teacher.
I’ve been doing yoga for about five years now, and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with it as a personal practice. In addition to yoga, I’ve always loved teaching; I studied Education in college and have spent much of my life teaching others in various capacities. When I moved to Ann Arbor, I decided to combine these two passions and signed up for an intensive yoga teacher training that changed my life. Now, I’m a certified RYT-200 with the Yoga Alliance (the main governing body in yoga training), and I’ve slowly started teaching classes here and there, along with one-on-one sessions.
The community I live in is over-saturated with yoga teachers. Figuring out how to make myself appealing and unique in a sea of Namastes and bending limbs is one of the biggest challenges, but I’ve learned that in order to stick out in a crowd, you have to do a little more work and be a little more creative in your approach. Concretely, that means sticking to my training to get my 500-hour certification, the highest you can get with the Yoga Alliance. From there, it’s all about studying the yoga world as objectively as possible, then identifying places where gaps might be: Why do people seek yoga in the first place? Can I identify an untapped audience of potential yoga practitioners, and how? What can I offer them? Finding that unique offering will be key.
As I write this, I realize that my process sounds scientific, almost detached—but in any situation, there’s always room for growth. You just have to identify where that room is. I think success often comes down to networking. This will definitely play a role in how I find new people to teach and where to teach. Ideally, I’d love to own my own studio someday—not sure exactly how it would look or where it would be, but people would walk in and immediately feel welcomed, relaxed, and ready to try something new.