Lorelei

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  1. On 11/29/2016 at 11:27 AM, YogaByCandace said:

    Dang! I have had studios ask me to add them on my policy and I've done it for the workshop and then had them removed, but it sounds like this is a longterm thing. Frustrating. I am wondering if you're covered under the wrong insurance... I use PHLY insurance and it is pretty reasonable...but then again, my situation is different because I don't teach weekly classes. I'm sorry I can't offer better advice. 

    Thanks, Candace.  Actually, the studio owner back off that when I just flat out said that my insurance should be enough and that I wouldn't be able to work at her studio if i had to buy more.  I truly think she is following the advice of someone who doesn't understand the ins and outs in addition to herself not understanding the ins and outs.  Anyway, time will tell if this is a good place for me or not.

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  2. This is something I struggle with too.  I find that my teaching is better when I maintain a regular practice that involves taking classes.  I'm not saying that I achieve this goal regularly, but strive to do it.  I have been going back to the studio where I did my wonderful teacher training lately, and I've found that I teach better and that I feel better when I get there at least once a week.  It's a goal to work toward for me.

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  3. I just was offered a position as an independent contractor to teach a few yoga classes each week at a small studio.  It's a nice place that provides yoga, massage, pilates, and it's also a full service salon.  Good vibes and lovely.

    I carry insurance to teach yoga through HPSO.  It's a regular policy for yoga teachers.  The new studio owner wants me to add the studio as an "added insured."  The studio carries its own insurance, but the owner said that at the start of this year, her lawyer recommended the "added Insured" for all of her independent contractors.  So.....this addition will cost me $165 every year.  Um.  I don't know about you, but that's a lot of yoga teaching for a part time person like me in a small studio.  

    I really like this studio, and I get the feeling that the owner doesn't really understand why her people need the extra insurance.  Has anyone had an experience like this?  

    In addition, the insurance rep thinks that maybe I'm carrying the wrong insurance since I am a "yoga company" of one.  My company's name does not include my given name, so it's a Doing Business As sort of situation.  I know others who work around registering their own company by only taking payment made out to them personally.  I'm more concerned that my insurance is adequate.  Of course, I'm planning to sit down with my lawyer (another expense), but I'm wondering if anyone out there has been through these situations and care share their experience with me.

     

    Thanks!

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  4. I think that would be the oddest and most off-putting experience.  I'm sorry you had that happen to you!  I think you just quietly acknowledge that some days are for taking things gently with ourselves and some days are for exploring further growth.  And then continue.  Maybe provide a child's post option while the others move through the sun salutations.  As a teacher, I think there is always opportunity to look at our teaching to see if there is something we should be doing differently.  Student feedback is important.  However, if you've done this and feel that you were providing good instruction, then you  have to just move on and try to shake off the negative experience.  Best wishes to you.


  5. OK.  Day 1.  My hips have always been soooooo tight.  As a runner, it's the bane of my existence.  I know I need to work on hip flexibility to deepen my yoga practice.  However....... I just don't ever make myself do it.  This challenge is perfect for me, because I need the kick in the butt to just do it.  I realized tonight while doing the 30 minute hip opening video that I've been avoiding this for another, more mental reason too.  As I was working through the fire log pose, I suddenly found myself on the edge of panic.  I kept with it in the pose and breathed deeply into my tight hip with the knee of the leg on top nowhere near the ankle below it.  I wanted to bail so badly.  Panic for what?  I have no idea, but it was indeed panic.  I am interested to see if the program helps me to work through this and dissipate it.....and if anxiety is stored in my hips.  We are so complex....and yoga gives us nowhere to hide from ourselves.  Thank you, Candace, for helping me to look in the mirror.  


  6. On 7/4/2016 at 2:15 PM, LarryD517 said:

    No clue.

    My Guess

    • Reboot
    • Try a different browser
    • Try a different user account in OS X
    • Try a different computer, if available 

    Still no "Like" option in the forum for me.  I have not changed my computer or browser.  I'm not sure what it means to "Try a different user account in OS X."  If you can help, Larry, I'd appreciate it.  Thank you!  And I just found that I cannot comment on the blogs either. :(

    I use a Macbook and do the updates religiously.  


  7. I re-read this thread today.  It is interesting, now that I am into Month 3 of my little Sankulpa Yoga business how relevant all the comments are.  Right now, my biggest hurdle is MARKETING.  I'm sure that is familiar to everyone.  The low (or no) budget, get the word out, don't get distracted by all the other work to do and forget to market......  I spend so much time sequencing (what I hope to be) good classes for the nature center that sometimes, I'll get no one show up and THEN remember that I didn't market the class.  I know that working at an existing studio will get me more students, but I can't promote my own business if I'm working for someone else, so....Catch 22.

    I get caught up in writing curriculum and class planning, and it is just easy to forget that it's all for naught unless people know I am out there with something to offer them.  So, I think my new thing is going to by Hump Day Marketing.  I plan to devote every Wednesday to marketing (exclusively)......checking in on things I have going, looking into new places to promote my business, making and nurturing contacts, etc.  SO, this thread just keeps on giving, folks.  (I also have to let stuff go, I guess.  Makes me sad to neglect my little blog space on YBC, but maintaining my own blog is really all that I can manage now.)  I am going to refocus my efforts to check in with the YBC community on a regular basis like I used to do up until mid-summer.  Such a positive force here.  Love that.

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  8. On 8/29/2016 at 6:08 AM, Anahata said:

    I understand now, sorry for the confusion. Most poses everyone can do. Some will just go a little deeper, some not so deep. I usually just aim for the average of the class. The more advanced will likely do a little more on their own. And then I will watch to see if a few are unsure so I offer them an easier version or guidance in the pose.

    In other poses I will have to offer different poses for different people. For example Bridge and Wheel the are the same pose but it is a big step from the easier to the more difficult. So I will have them all do one Bridge and then do a vinyasa. Half way through the vinyasa I stop the class in upward dog ‘pause in updog’ one person in the class will get the joke ‘paws in updog’ the rest of the class wonders what is going on with the laughing. Anyhow, at  that point I will have them do Sphinx pose and show them not let the belly drupe – lower back dump which is excellent training for all backbends. Then back to a few Bridge poses. Where I will suggest Wheel as an option. A few might give it a try. A few more might start to act uncertain so I will give them the option of the one legged Bridge which is an good building step towards Wheel. At htat point I will remind them all of the correct form for these poses. And pulling the belly in from Sphinx which is very helpful for all these poses. So I have set up a training (more details are added in class) for all these poses that are the same. At this point in the class I would have people in Bridge, one leg Bridge and Wheel (maybe even one leg Wheel). And all using the basic teachings which are the same. Plus I would try help individuals if they needed something.

    That is just for one pose. Like I wrote at the start much of the class will only be one pose for everyone which is less complicated.

    Thank you, Anahata.  Good advice.  I like stopping in sphinx.  It's a good pose to be able to watch a demo.

     

    On 8/29/2016 at 0:01 PM, YogaByCandace said:

    Hi Lorelei! I usually aim for a somewhat basic flow. The other day I had a fun vinyasa that went: tadasana, forward fold, halfway lift, hold plank. Option for beginners to stay here or even take it to the knees, option for more experienced to do a variation with either a push up or toe taps or both. Then we move on, chaturanga, cobra for beginners or up dog for more experienced, downward facing dog. Three leg dog, then shoulders over wrists and knee into forehead. Then, side plank but beginners can take lower leg knee to the ground, while more experienced can do regular side plank with a lifted top leg variation. Then side plank on the other side with same options for beginners/experienced, with the additional option to drop into wild thing. Then everyone step forward to the front of the mat, and we continue on. So basically, always have in your back pocket a few places where you can pause and give some options for beginners and give some options for the more advanced. Once you as the teacher get more comfortable with juggling the different levels (it's challenging!), you'll be able to kind of improvise as you go. I hope that's helpful!

    Thank you, Candace.  Great advice.  That really helps.  The All Levels are going well, and I'm getting good feedback.  I'm stealing the flow you detailed in this reply, btw. ;)  See you in Chicago!

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  9. On 8/16/2016 at 10:22 AM, sandrayogawpg said:

    @Lorelei I've been there and some days am still there! Interestingly enough, I am venturing into expanding my program and offering Yoga for children and Youth with varying needs as well. I think that Yoga for Children is really starting to expand and people are really starting to see the huge value of the practice for little ones.

    As for your adult classes... DON'T GIVE UP! I had sooooo many classes with no shows - especially the drop in classes. If there is any way to get people to pre-register and commit to coming beforehand, it may help some. BUT that being said, you have repeats which means that they are loving your offerings and if they each tell one person, who then also loves it and tells one other person - suddenly you have 10 people in a class.

    I really love that this thread is still active and a place for people to relate, help and maybe most importantly - VENT! I really was frustrated when I first posted here and was desperately seeking others in my same position to validate that this was a difficult journey, but that it is worth it. I also loved all the tips I received after my post about my website and how to advertise. Have you added your classes to the Yoga Finder Website? I think it is international (I'm in Canada) but I actually get a few website hits a week through my listing on there, so it may be worth a shot?

    Wishing you all the patience, determination, tenacity and luck in the world!!!

    Sandra

    Sandra, Thank you for the feedback and the tips.  I will definitely look into Yoga Finder!  I hope your biz is going well!

     

    On 8/16/2016 at 11:49 AM, LarryD517 said:

     

    I typically take between 8 and 10 classes per month...that comes down to $8 to $10 per class (which is very inexpensive in the metro NY area)

    So, my advice...hook up with a club (similar to the one I described) and develop a following.

     

     

    Larry, I think $8-$10 per class is a great price ANYWHERE!  Good for you.  I'd totally do the same.  Personally, I'm tempted to hook up to a club and might look into it if I can't make my own stuff fly.  I want to be able to promote my business, and I know I wouldn't be able to do that at someone else's studio.  So, I guess that's what I get! :)

     

    On 8/16/2016 at 1:03 PM, Anahata said:

    I found great guidance from this interview. Maybe you can get something from it. Also some interesting stories. Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Michel Besnard youtube

    Thanks for the reference video!

     

    On 8/22/2016 at 3:29 PM, YogaByCandace said:

    I agree that teaching at a gym is a great way to build a following and develop your teaching. I taught at a gym in Germany for about eight months and a number of them have been on a number of retreats with me year after year. 

    No shows are totally common, especially when you're first starting out. I began teaching on the beach in Florida and I had many, many mornings where I would show up with index cards in hand with my plans and hear crickets, haha. It's just part of the grind. 

    I love the idea of yoga in schools - not only for kids but for teachers and even parents. You could build a great following there and then grow from there. Just keep plugging along - the key is consistency. With time, it grows. 

    I also want to second Anahata's sentence about August being really slow. Summer in general is very, very slow for us on the blog. I think people are just busy with summer, but once fall rolls around and school is back in session people usually get back to their routines which hopefully include some yoga! :)

    Thanks for weighing in, Candace.  I am tweaking my Yoga in the Park schedule for fall and upping my promotions for my Yoga in Schools Workshop and Yoga for Athletes. If it's still slow by the new year, I will explore other options.  Actually, pretty fun news.... a proposal I wrote to teach a Yoga in Schools 1 credit college course got picked up by a great local college.  Teachers can take it to renew their licenses.  It's a start! 


  10. This thread has been really helpful to read.  I've been working on building my own business this summer through space at a local nature center.  I believe that it could be a great space, but I'm having a really rough time getting people in to practice.  I'm on online calendars, the visitor's bureau, etc.  But I only have one or two "regulars" per class level and lots of classes with no shows.  I'm embarrassed to admit that today I had three classes scheduled, and not one single person showed.  The majority of my students (few as they are) are repeats (and not all of them are personal friends), so I think I'm doing something right.  Anyhow, I'm contemplating my next move.  My real passion is a Yoga in Schools workshop that I am just beginning to market to area schools to teach teachers how to use yoga in the classroom.  However, I don't want to to ditch teaching classes.  Just venting.    

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  11. Loving The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi.  It takes a detailed look at the Yoga Sutras, allowing women more ownership of them and relating them to modern life.  She breaks them down one by one.  It's a huge part of my YTT.  Very beneficial.  

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  12. Aside from definitely consulting a doctor, here's some advice you might already be following....try not to lock your knees.  There is more give in movement and maybe less need for a fast adjustment if you have a little micro bend going on.  Locked knees can lead to injury.  

    By the way, welcome to the best yoga forum in the world!!!!  And I love the "doppler knee."  I always called mine the weather vane.....but I'm borrowing the name for yours from now on.  I guess my term was showing my age. :)