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Episode 162: Jason’s Guide to Teaching Private Yoga Sessions

Being a yoga teacher takes skill, knowledge, dedication, and often, perseverance. But you can have all of those things in spades and never quite earn enough money teaching group classes to be financially secure. Not to mention, racing from one studio to the next teaching group classes can be draining—both physically and mentally. One way to avoid this kind of burnout and bolster a your income is to find a few regular private yoga clients—something Jason enjoyed doing for many years.

In this episode, Jason shares his best advice for both the business and methodology of teaching yoga privates.

You’ll learn:

* Why it’s important to diversify the ways that you teach, both for business reasons and to help you avoid burn-out

* How teaching private yoga sessions can build your skill set as a yoga teacher

* How to start finding private students and how to price those sessions

* How to help students set goals and structure sessions around that

* A few ground rules to put into place before you take on a new private client

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 151: Our Best Online Marketing Tips for Yoga Teachers

Episode 121: Q&A – Ideas for Building Your Business (And Your Confidence) as a Yoga Teacher

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Episode 161: The Getting to Know You Episode

Andrea Ferretti quote | yoga podcast | Yogaland PodcastI am so excited to share this new season of Yogaland with you! This week, we kick off the season with a live episode that Jason and I recorded at triyoga in London during Jason’s recent teacher training.

If you’re a long-time listener, you might know that both Jason and I identify as introverts. So, we understand why some students tend to shy away from speaking up or asking questions in a large group settings. Jason encourages engagement by asking students in his trainings to split into smaller groups and share what they love about the practice.

Today, we’re answering those questions ourselves, so you can get to know us a little bit better, too.

You’ll learn:

* Our yoga origin stories (why we went to our first yoga class, what it was like, and what kept us coming back!)

* What teachers have been most influential for us through the years and how different approaches to the practice have helped us become the yoga practitioners we are today

* How and why we decided to make the leap from student to teacher

* How we feel that podcasting is similar and different from teaching yoga

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Episode 51: Susan Cain – Embrace Your Quiet Side

Episode 153: On Spirituality, Representation, and Being a New Teacher with Quamay Sams

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Episode 153: On Spirituality, Representation, and Being a New Teacher with Quamay Sams

Quamay Sams

This week, I talk to Bay Area yoga teacher Quamay Sams. Quamay grew up in New York, where he was a dancer before he enrolled in a yoga teacher training program (without ever having set foot in a yoga studio). He now considers teaching yoga a calling — and a big responsibility.

We talk about:

* Why Quamay felt like a misfit (his word) growing up and how that impacted the course of his life.

* Dance. He tells us more about a style of dancing called krumping, why he loves it, and how it became an outlet for him.

* Stepping into the seat of the teacher and how he is coping with and embracing being a role model.

* Yoga and representation. His take on why there aren’t more black people in yoga studios, who’s responsible for that, and how we can all work together to bridge that gap.

* His experience as one of Jason’s advanced teacher training students.

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Quamay’s Instagram Page

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Jason’s Advanced Studies yoga teacher trainings

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How to Teach Yoga Philosophy to Beginners

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Jason Crandell teaching yoga philosophy.

The yoga tradition is steeped in philosophy. However, teaching philosophy in an impactful, engaging, and concise way is incredibly challenging–especially when you’re working with beginning students.

Tips for Teaching Yoga Philosophy to Beginners

Here are a few tips — and if you’d like to hear me talk about this at length, you can listen to Yogaland podcast, episode 136, Yoga Philosophy for Beginners.

Keep themes relatable.

There are countless philosophical, spiritual, and humanistic themes that you may choose to teach your students. Whichever you choose, focus on keeping these themes easy to relate to. Use clear language and, when possible, relate these themes to the physicality of the practice.

Keep it brief.

Unless you are a seasoned at giving Dharma Talks – and, Dharma Talks are part of your teaching style – be brief when you discuss the philosophical, spiritual, and humanistic themes that you’re incorporating. It’s easy to become a little too tangential and lose track of time when you’re engaging in these conversations.

Use good timing.

I have found that the most effective time to incorporate these dimensions into the practice are towards the end of class. Most students will be arriving to class after they’ve just woken up or after a long day of sitting at work. As such, most students want to get into their body through movement as soon as possible. Students are typically more receptive to contemplative work toward the end of class since they have satisfied their healthy desire to move.

Be respectful of all belief systems.

Be mindful that students may have belief systems that are contrary to yours. It’s good to be an advocate for the philosophical dimensions that you want to teach, but take care that you’re respectful to other belief systems.

Yoga Philosophy for Beginners: Key Concepts

The most important philosophical concepts to teach your students include:

  • The asana practice is part of a massive, all-encompassing tradition that seeks to liberate practitioners from their limited notions of self. As such, there are several philosophical and existential elements that we want to introduce to our students.
  • Without compassion, students will be unable to look within. They will become too frustrated with the practice of Yoga and they will get in their own way. There is nothing more important than helping new students develop compassion for themselves and others.
  • The practice of yoga is meant to be a lifelong process. This is very different than what we’ve become used to in our modern world of quick fixes. Since yoga is a lifelong process and learning can go through peaks and valleys, it’s important to help your students be patient with themselves.
  • Perhaps, there is nothing more important in the pursuit of yoga than perseverance. As a student, you know how yoga has required–and, developed–your perseverance. Helping your students be steady in the midst of difficulty is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher.
  • Satya, or honesty, is an essential element of the yoga practice. One of the most obvious ways this will play out as a new student, is when new students are confronted with their limitations. When confronted with limitations, students often get frustrated and either 1) pull back from their practice and have a negative self-image, or 2) push forward through discomfort instead of being patient and respecting their body. Teaching students to honor their limitations without retreating or pushing too far forward is one of the most valuable lessons you will ever teach.

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Episode 143: Full-Time or Part-Time? Things to Consider as You Forge Your Teaching Path

teaching yoga full-time or part-time | yoga quote by Jason Crandell

In this episode, Jason breaks down what he sees as some of the pros and cons of teaching full-time vs. teaching part-time. The bottom line is this: There’s not one right choice, but no matter whichever direction you choose, there are some challenges to overcome. (And if you’re considering becoming a yoga teacher because you think it would be an easy, relaxed lifestyle, well, you might want to reconsider.)

Here are a few of the things we discuss:

* Jason debunks the myth that yoga teachers have an easy work-life balance and explains why it’s so challenging to make a living as a yoga teacher.

* How being a yoga teacher has changed in the 20 years Jason’s been teaching.

* One of the biggest mistakes Jason sees yoga teachers make when they market themselves. Hint: It has to do with social media.

* Part-time teacher? Say it loud and proud.

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 121: Ideas for Building Your Business (And Your Confidence!) as a Yoga Teacher

Episode 87: Jason’s Sequencing Philosophy, Thoughts on Retaining Students & Hip Impingement

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