#1 – Find a Yoga Niche
If you are like many Yoga Teachers, your 200, 300 and even 500 hour training gave you great foundational knowledge. You probably can put together a stick figure asana practice, and even name the bones in the leg. With so many Yoga teachers in this world, how you distinguish yourself will be one of your biggest challenges moving forward.
Specialization is a way to narrow your scope and find the demographic that wants and needs your Yoga teaching.
In the Yoga world, teaching to the aged, injured and disabled is not the most popular style of Yoga. But that does not mean the need does not exist. And yes, teaching to this demographic is downright intimidating and perhaps scary. You may ask yourself, “What if I hurt someone, or don’t understand what their conditions or limitations are?” I ask you to reframe that question with… “What if I can help someone gain back mobility, get out of pain, and become more independent in their life?” When we are in service to others, we fulfill the human desire to feel needed. And you are certainly needed to teach Yoga to these under-served populations!
Search your Heart
- have a heart for kids, elders, and the disabled?
- relate best to athletes, deskworkers or baby boomers?
- have a physical challenge yourself that Yoga has helped you manage or overcome?
Take some time to check in with your heart and feel for the answers to “Whom should I serve?” and “Who needs my care and attention?”
How can you find your Yoga Niche?
Sometimes it is just plain obvious, but sometimes it takes a bit of exploring and trial and error. Chair Yoga Dance was first conceived by a Kids Yoga teacher, Olga Danilevich, who saw the joy it brought to the youngsters. She then started teaching Yoga to Seniors and brought in this movement modality… The rest is history!
By the way, the Yoga Vista Academy’s Chair Yoga Dance Training Program was sprouted from the seed that Olga planted.
Find an Inspiration
You might get inspired by a conversation, a person you read about, a community that seems forgotten, etc. When something touches your heart, that is inspiration knocking. Tune into that feeling.
At the Yoga Vista Academy, we offer Online, self-paced Specialized Yoga Teacher Training Programs for those looking to serve the under-served. The potential is great. Do the Programs below have your name on them?