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.
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.
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.