Yoga studio owners: the unsung heroes of your life

With all due respect to Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents, and Veterans, there needs to be a Yoga Studio Owner Appreciation Day. I’m serious. Have you ever stopped and thought about exactly what goes into opening, and then running one’s own yoga studio? Did you ever stop to think of what they get out of owning a studio? The next time you take a class anywhere, ask the person behind the desk if they are the owner. Really consider looking into their eyes. Do you see a glimmer of love staring back at you? Probably. Do you see a well-rested individual who is certain that everything is going to be okay? Hopefully. Do you see someone who has truly put it all on the line so you could come and enjoy a great class? You’re damn right you do.

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Danielle Zissou
Mirrors in yoga studios: should they stay or should they go?

Different studios offer us different insights into our practice. Many variables contribute to making each yoga studio feel a world apart: different lighting, different heating concepts, the use (or abuse!) of music in a class, and one other big variable: MIRRORS. If there is one variable that gets the most people talking and deciding preferences, it’s mirrors.

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Danielle Zissou
Yes, you took four classes this week…but when was the last time you actually practiced Yoga?

I was raised Catholic, so I’ve always smiled at the similarity between going to Confession, and yoga students checking into my classes at the front desk.

Catholic Practitioner: “Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been two weeks since my last Confession.”

Priest: “What sins have you to confess, my Child?”

Yoga Student“I suck! It’s been three weeks since my last yoga class! First, I had a business trip, then I hurt my knee running, then I just lost my momentum….”

Me: “I’m so happy to see you today. Good job making time for yourself!”

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Danielle Zissou
The step by step guide for landing yoga teacher jobs

Congratulations! You aced your yoga teacher training and now you are looking for places to teach. You wonder if looking at Craigslist for jobs is the place to start. You ask yourself what your resume should say. You read bios of other teachers on your favorite studios’ websites and wonder, “How did they get this gig?”

Here is some advice. As both a former yoga studio manager and the owner of a yoga studio myself, I have lots of insight. I hope it is helpful to you.

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